It’s over a week later and I still haven’t recovered from the CES cold or the back lash of emails “It was nice meeting you…I’d like to discuss a new business opportunity.” I HOWEVER truly had an amazing experience viewing new technology and geeking out! AND this was my first year attending Pepcom’s Digital Experience!!! In no particular order here are my favorite products of the all shows.
I attended a Sphero event to check out the Ollie the app-controlled robot driven by adrenaline. Much like my driving skills (I wouldn’t say I’m the best of the worst or the worst of the best) but I had my fun with the Ollie. As a proud Aunt I want my niece Journey to test this out (she is 6) since the tagline is “Programming isn’t easy, but you don’t need to be a rocket scientist to give kids a strong foundation. All you need is a Sphero.”
Wowwee introduced the MiPosaur T-Rex interactive robot that has GestureSense technology and comes with an interactive TrackBall equipped with BeaconSense technology. I had fun throwing the trackball around and watching to two MiPs interact with it. As of now I am told there is Q3 2015 release and roughly just under $120.00 each. Click here for a video of me trying to play fetch with the robots!
Short Circuit was one of my favorite movies as a kid (and the only time Steve Guttenburg was cool). When I met the Meccanoid G15 KS personal robot/ friend I wanted to take it home with meJ. The Meccanoid G15 KS is a robot erector set that is an advanced open source Robotic Building platform from Meccano. Meccanoid can recognize more than 100 pre-programmed Voice Commands, says thousands of phrases, including: Jokes, Fun Facts, and Questions. It also plays games, initiates conversations—and it’ll even remembers your birthday- the list goes on and on!* To see the youtube video click here.
I always love a Kickstarter success story and for all the pet owners out there introducing the Petcube (one of the the most successful crowdfunding pet products in history)! Petcube keeps people connected with their pets via mobile app and also a Petcube Camera with an interactive pet monitor. I love my dog, Chloe the wonder dog, but I recently seem to be traveling and working more. I haven’t tried it yet but they are on their next batch coming in February 2015 for $199.00.
When I lived in SF I would see Google testing the self-driving car on highway 101. At the show Audi opens up their tag line a “new chapter” for the company introducing driver assistance systems in the new 2016 Audi Q7. The Audi Q7 has Predictive Efficiency Assistant and adaptive cruise control including congestion assistant and points the way towards upcoming piloted driving technology. A new Audi tablet is available that can be mounted onto the back of the driver and passenger seats respectively for rear seat entertainment as well as to operate MMI functions. It also has a new 3D sound experience offered by the available Bang & Olufson and Bose Surround Sound systems.**
DRONES! I didn’t get to play with any drones sadly but Parrot did have a strong presence and this little guy seemed to follow me around the showroom. I’m wondering if the guy flying it was checking out girls cleavage?
My all-time favorite product and for anyone that knows me won’t be shocked the Altec Lansing iMW575 LifeJacket Bluetooth Wireless Speaker. The LifeJacket has voice confirmation, caller ID and an onboard microphone. The LifeJacket is IP67 Waterproof / Dustproof / Shockproof rated and wait for it…it floats! When we go to Lake Travis it never fails – the lake gods steal something every year (usually it’s my sunglasses). I honestly wonder how many sunglasses, cell phones, wedding rings, and anything else detachable is at the bottom of Lake Travis. A floating speaker is a dream come true for all us lake goers. But wait it gets better it has 16 hours of battery life and power bank capability you can remotely charge your smartphone anywhere. This is a summer must have and I hope to review it soon!
Unfortunately I had to cut my trip short and never made it to the LVCC showroom but to be fair all the best products were at Pepcom, Showstoppers and Unveiled. Stay tuned for more product reviews for 2015, I already have a few on the way!
*Specs Per the Meccano site
**Specs Per Audi site