If you are a gadget junkie, the Consumer Electronics Show may just be your wonderland. We attended CES last week in Las Vegas, armed with comfortable shoes and wide, excited eyes. There was a lot to see, a lot that blew our minds, and even a few things we can kinda sorta afford. (It's true!)
Mophie Juice Pack Air, Crystal Collection
If you didn't love the power and protection boost of Mophie Juice Pack Air before, at CES they announced a collaboration with Swarovski Elements. Imagine a case encrusted with a Swarovski crystal side band? It comes with a metal charging dock that also works with other Juice Packs (Helium, Air and Plus). The Crystal Collection will be released in black, gold and white in mid 2014; pricing is yet to be announced.
Netatmo June bracelet
All types of wearable tech were big at CES this year. This bracelet is made with Louis Vuitton and Camille Toupet-designed jewels that tracks your sun exposure. The June bracelet is smarter than we were in our teenage years — it'll tell you when you've been in the sun too long, recommend a specific SPF — and do all this looking like a fashionable piece of jewelry!
You may already use a Garmin to GPS your way to grandma's, but now they are joining the wearable fitness technology club with the Vivofit, a fitness tracking bracelet that is meant to live and work as a tech-driven personal trainer. It'll track where you are running and how long you are at it, but also will help you create and maintain goals and benchmarks in your fitness routine.
Retro went digital at CES, with Polaroid sharing its super-cool Socialmatic, a camera powered by Android. It clearly is appealing to the Instagram crowd, but in a non-heavy-handed way and can shoot 14 megapixel images and share them across your social media circle instantly. The Polaroid roots remain though, this camera can still print out 2x3 inches images within minutes. So fun!
Panasonic TV with curves
Curved TVs abounded at CES, but Panasonic's seemed to come from the future. Panasonic's is curved in both directions and uses OLED screens, amazing for bold colors and rich contrasts. This is not available to market yet, but once it is, we're sure we won't be able to afford it.
Intel Smart Earbuds
Fitness trackers for wrists were an absolute part of the wearable tech explosion this year, but why limit fitness trackers to your wrist? At Intel's keynote, they launched pair of earbuds that bring the wrist technology upward. The new earbuds draw power directly from your phone's headphone jack, so you won't even need a separate battery. These headphones also have cool sensors that detect your heartbeat, and can use that data to decide what songs pop up next on your workout mix. What songs keep you from slacking off?
One of our favorite finds at CES was our old love OhMiBod's latest innovation, blueMotion. This is a slim, wearable vibrator that can be controlled by you or your partner with the OhMiBod Remote smartphone app. Sexting just reached a much more fun level! The OhMiBod Remote is a free app available for iOS and Android devices and has pre-set vibrating patterns as well as a recording option to let users have vibrations set to a partner's voice or their favorite songs. The blueMotion vibrating underwear will be available in March this year and retail for $129.
Bang & Olufsen BeoSound Essence
We've always loved the audio products from Bang & Olufsen, and were a fan of the miniature sound system. It has a one button-touch for controlling music playback and you can stream music libraries from multiple sources such as the cloud, PCs and portable devices. Plus, isn't it just super attractive?
ChefJet 3D printer
This just may blow your mind: This is a countertop printer that can print sugary confections in 3D geometrical shapes. Willy Wonka would just die. The futuristic candy machine will come with several recipes and flavors, including chocolate, vanilla, mint, sour apple, cherry and watermelon. The 3D printer is expected to be available in the second half of 2014, and will cost under $5,000, which is too steep for our wallets — but if we win the lottery, it's instantly going to the top of our lists!
We confess, we sometimes slouch. Good posture is a classic attraction and this device will zap its wearer every time they slouch. It's medieval and futuristic all at the same time! Clip it on your bra strap or under your collar and when you start to slouch, it will vibrate to remind you stand up straight. This is still in the crowd fund stage, but will hopefully be released by mid-2014 and cost $59 to $79.
Sleep Number IQ Bed
If your marriage is on the rocks due to snoring, you may want to break out your credit card. This snore-silencing bed from Sleep Number may be $8,000, but promises to track sleep activity and nudge you into blissful rest by using voice commands. You can even adjust the firmness or elevation of the bed via command. Ask for a massage, too! We think it's worth every penny. If we had those many pennies.