Best AI gadgets from CES ‘24

FILE PHOTO: CES is renowned for being a technological showcase, and this year’s event undeniably belonged to the realm of AI.

FILE PHOTO: CES is renowned for being a technological showcase, and this year’s event undeniably belonged to the realm of AI.
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The annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is renowned for being a technological showcase, and this year’s event undeniably belonged to the realm of Artificial Intelligence (AI). From AI bringing advancements in robotics to finding a solution for everyday problems, CES was home to a series of intriguing announcements.

We have curated a list of AI-infused products that have earned their distinction based on factors such as helpfulness, uniqueness, and real-world applications.

  • Ballie with Projector: Samsung’s Interactive Companion Samsung’s Ballie made a return, this time equipped with a projector. For the unversed, It is a roving smart home hub, capable of taking orders from you and syncing with the rest of your smart home. In addition to dishing out commands to your connected gadgets, the device can give you a live stream of your home while you are out, Ballie projects images onto ceilings, floors, or walls while autonomously following users.
  • Rabbit R1 Positioned as the ‘iPhone of AI,’ the Rabbit R1 introduces a palm-sized device that seamlessly fits into your hand. Beyond its compact design, the R1 acts as a dedicated personal assistant, capable of answering questions, launching apps like Spotify, and even ordering a taxi. A cost-effective alternative to more extravagant AI solutions, the Rabbit R1 proves that innovation need not break the bank.

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  • Minitailz Smart Dog Collar Invoxia’s Minitailz dog collar brings AI to the canine world, earning recognition as a CES 2024 Innovation Award Honoree. This fitness tracker for dogs utilizes GPS to detect their location, ensuring they never go astray. Providing health statistics like heart rate and breathing, the Minitailz Smart Dog Collar exemplifies how AI can enhance our understanding and care for our four-legged companions.
  • Motion Pillow: AI-Enhanced Sleep Technology The Motion Pillow is a sleep enthusiast’s dream, tackling snoring issues with a touch of AI sophistication. This innovative pillow employs an AI Motion System to detect snoring patterns. Once identified, the pillow gently inflates, lifting the user’s head and opening airways to reduce snoring. With an accompanying app tracking sleep data and airbag operation, the Motion Pillow transforms nightly rest into a scientifically guided experience.
  • BMind Smart Mirror: Reflecting Emotions with AI Barracuda’s BMind Smart Mirror, a CES 2024 Innovation Award winner, merges generative AI and natural language processing to create an emotion-aware home device. Determining the user’s mood through facial expressions, gestures, and tones, the smart mirror adapts to improve mood, offering affirmations, visuals, and even guided meditations. A convergence of AI and wellness, the BMind Smart Mirror is a noteworthy leap in smart home technology.
  • Timekettle X1 Interpreter HubTouted as the ‘world’s first multi-language simultaneous interpretation system,’ the X1 Interpreter Hub leverages AI to provide real-time translations for up to 40 languages. With live transcriptions displayed on the screen, this device promises to transform global communication in meetings and beyond.
  • Capella: AI-Powered Baby Cry Translator Cappella’s Capella app, utilizing AI and machine learning, deciphers an infant’s needs by translating their cries into useful information. Serving as a valuable aid for parents, Capella demonstrates the potential of AI in addressing real-world challenges.
  • Swarovski Optic AX Visio: AI-Enhanced Bird Watching The Swarovski Optic AX Visio, equipped with a 13MP camera and AI onboard, identifies over 9,000 species of birds when pointed at them. A novel integration of AI in binoculars, this device elevates the bird-watching experience.”
  • Matic Robotics Of the host of vacuum cleaners and cleaning bots that demoed at the event, Matic’s re-engineered robot vacuum and mop combo was a stand out. With five onboard cameras that use AI to map out the space within a home, the bot is able to navigate around and clean without getting stuck in corners or falling down the stairs. The vacuum has been designed to understand hand gestures and even voice commands. The company also promised data privacy pointing out that Matic is private and doesn’t upload information to the cloud but stores it in the device itself.
  • LG Smart Home AI Agent The two-legged robot on wheels is able to zoom around the house independently and can speak and interact with you. It can be integrated with all home appliances like the oven, laundry, TV or even your smart fridge. More like a virtual assistant that isn’t just virtual anymore, the robot can control all these devices – it can set an alarm and wake you up, check the weather and turn up or turn down the home temperature. It has a built-in camera, speaker and sensors to collect information from its surroundings. It also learns more as time passes and becomes more personalised.
  • Nimble Beauty The Nimble Beauty bot is an at-home nail salon that uses 2D and 3D scanning and advanced AI technology to understand the exact size, shape and curves of the user’s nails. Once scanned, the machine can paint your nails and then dry them, all within 25 minutes. While this is the “express” service, the user can also opt for a 55-minute manicure which does more coats of paint. All one has to do is insert their hand and press a button.
  • JennAir SlimTech Fridge Equipped with the world’s thinnest refrigerator insulation panels, the JennAir smart fridge is 50 percent more energy-efficient than most fridges. It uses a new SlimTech Insulation that has been developed by Whirlpool Corporation that’s has brought about a significant change for insulation after a long time. The tech could potentially be used in other appliances soon.

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