7 Weird, Wacky and Wild CES 2023 Innovation Awards Honorees
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CES, the largest consumer electronics show in the world, is held in Las Vegas at the start of every year. While it regularly showcases updates to existing products like TVs and Bluetooth speakers, the really juicy part of the convention is found in some of the more extreme gizmos and gadgets that are honored by a panel of judges with an Innovation Award.
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These awards showcase top concepts in the design and engineering of consumer tech. And, while they may not all be produced for mass-market consumption, they are pretty impressive concepts that are super fun to dream about, if not own.
Here are seven of the weirdest, wackiest and wildest CES 2023 Innovation Award Honorees.
Whole-Body Music Experience
While Bluetooth speakers are getting better and better every year, they all still share the same limitation: They play music out loud that's picked up by your ears. The engineers at Edge Sound Research wondered why music should only be experienced by the ears and not the whole body. So they invented the Resonx Core, a speaker that straps onto the back of a chair and sends sound waves throughout the body of the person sitting there. The result, according to beta testers, is a sound experience unlike any to come before.
The Resonx Core will be available for pre-order in 2023. The total launch price is $799.
There’s More to Your Reflection
"Mirror, mirror on the wall, who's the … Oh, never mind that. Do I have any emails?"
With everything from pillows to clothes dryers getting smart these days, why not your mirror? That's the thinking from Hey Mirror by EONEOMS, a clean-lined looking glass that not only reflects your own image back to you, but it also connects to a range of services to provide you the news, updates on the weather and really all of the things Siri, Alexa and Google can already tell you, but in a mirror format. The mirror doubles as a display screen, which means you can set it to show important notifications, so you can see them when you check your look on the way out the door in the morning.
Talk to Your Pet
Ever wish your dog could text you while you're at work? With the latest release of FluentPet Connect tiles and buttons, they should be able to do just that. FluentPet already makes a series of tiles and buttons that theoretically let pets communicate with their owners — with some training, of course. The pet owner programs a series of buttons with a voice queue like "outside," "water" or "love." Then, the thinking goes, by stepping on the button, dogs can communicate with their owners. The next iteration of the system includes connectivity through a smartphone app that will text owners the messages made by the button-pushing pets when they are away from home.
The FluentPet Connect is currently available for pre-order.
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Auto Cat Feeder
The Yomy robot is one for the cat lovers out there. This box-shaped robot promises to dispense either wet or dry cat food to your feline friend when you're not home. It comes with a mobile app that provides a "real-time link with the cat parent."
We've all seen the sci-fi shows or films where people in the future are too busy (or too afraid of staining their white suits) to sit down and eat an actual meal. Instead, they opt for some kind of goo dispatched through a hole in the wall. That's sort of what NutriManager will do. It claims that it will be able to analyze your nutrition needs based on user input and "facial/voice diagnosis." Once the system processes that data, it will generate a "precise, personalized nutrients combination using 4mm-sized supplements." Yum.
Bathe in the Forest … In Your Home
Well-known bathroom appliance manufacturer Kohler aims to change the very definition of a relaxing bath with this truly whiz-bang tub inspired by Japanese forest bathing: the Stillness Bath. For starters, the water fills from the bottom up, so there's no loud splashing stream coming out of the faucet. When the water reaches the top, it overflows into a moat surrounding the tub, so say goodbye to that annoying overflow drain that stops your water from filling all the way up. From here, we're going to let Kohler take it: "Full spectrum lighting surrounds the bath, creating a chromatherapy experience. Fog envelopes the surface of the water, immersing the bather, and essential oils can be added into the bath’s experience tower, which emits aromas to stimulate the senses and promote focus." Ahhh.
High-Tech Scalp Care
While it might look like a showerhead, the SonoRepro handheld device shoots soundwaves — not water — at your head. The manufacturer, Pixie Dust Technologies, claims that said soundwaves provide “non-contact vibrotactile stimulation,” which, they say, is good for the scalp. Users power on the device, then hold it in place on the scalp. While the outer edge of the device touches the head, the 61 sound-generating components don't. Every minute, the device vibrates to remind you to move it to a different spot.