CES 2017 kicks off in Las Vegas this week (January 5-8) and several companies plan to unveil some particularly colorful gadgets.
Several are compatible with Alexa, the digital assistant from Amazon’s Echo devices.
There are Vibrating Shorts and Jeans at CES 2017
These shorts from Spinali Design will vibrate to indicate which direction to turn: left or right.
The first is a pair of Daisy-Duke style shorts – and there are jeans too – that vibrate to indicate which direction the wearer should turn. The idea is the pants sync with a smartphone via Bluetooth, and receive directions from a navigation app. This is so you can leave your phone in your pocket – or handbag – yet still receive directions on where to go.
If you need to turn right, then the right side of the jeans will vibrate. If you need to turn left, then the left side will vibrate. It’s simple, yet efficient.
But they can also vibrate to let you know there are notifications and alerts waiting. So, if there’s a new call or text you’ll know right away.
French firm, Spinali Design created the garments. Prices start at £71 ($88 USD) for the shorts, or £80 ($99 USD) for the jeans.
Voice Controlled Robot Vacuums are Here
You can control the Neato Botvac Connected via Amazon Echo devices, thanks to Alexa support.
Autonomous or robot vacuums have grown quite popular over the past couple of years. Why wouldn’t they? These vacuums can crawl your entire home and clean the floors without much work from you. Yes, please!
The Neato Botvac is one such vacuum, priced at $699 (£573). But what makes it special, is it can receive orders from Alexa if you own the Echo, Tap, or Dot. Smart vacuums are usually controlled via a smartphone, but this one will allow you to simply deliver voice commands.
A rival vacuum called the POWERbot VR7000 will also debut at CES 2017. It reacts to voice commands – given through Alexa and Samsung’s SmartThings Hub.
“Alexa, clean the master bedroom.”
“I will now clean the master bedroom.”
How cool is that?
Voice Commands are the Focus at CES This Year
The Martian mVoice has Alexa support, and takes voice commands.
Thanks to Siri, Alexa, and Google Home, voice-enabled devices seem to be the focus at CES this year.
Additional tech that will be shown includes:
- C by GE lamp – Alexa-enabled LED lamp.
- Behmoor Connected Brewer – Alexa-enabled coffee maker.
- Unibot – Robot vacuum that includes a security camera to monitor for break-ins.
- Sylvania Smart Bulbs – Light bulbs that can be controlled remotely via Siri (Apple’s HomeKit).
- Philips Hue voice enabled bulbs – Light bulbs that respond to voice commands, and they can be turned on or off or changed colors to set a mood.
- Martian’s mVoice smartwatch will get Alexa support.
- Microsoft’s Cortana will get smart home treatment, so it will be compatible with things like fridges, toasters, thermostats, and more.
- Sleep Number 360 – Smart bed that can make adjustments while you sleep.
- Laundroid – Laundry-folding robot or “droid”.
- Smarter Fridgecam – Remote viewing camera that takes a snapshot every time the fridge is shut. This lets you see what groceries you’re running low on, even away from home.
Are you as excited as we are to see this year’s future tech? Which gadget interests you most?