Mimo Baby Monitor
The gadget with the most buzz at this year’s Consumer Electronic Show was not a 100 inch HDTV or a phone with a 40 megapixel camera. Nope, it was a booth with a plastic baby wearing a onesie. But not just any onesie… a Mimo onesie. This is the year of wearable technology, and this is the one piece that stands out from the usual pile of watches and fitness bracelets.
Made out of organic cotton, the Mimo kimono is fitted with non-contact machine washable sensors that measures the respiration of a baby. When you pair it with the Mimo Turtle, you can track your infant’s temperature, activity level, respiration and even their body position. All this data is sent to the Mimo Lilypad Base Station or an iOS/Android app via safe Bluetooth low energy technology.
The onesie by Mimo Baby, made by Rest Devices, can give you tech savvy mommies and daddies peace of mind while you sleep. The kit includes everything you need, including two kimonos, one Mimo Turtle, and one Mimo Lilypad Base, and retails for $199.
DJI Phantom 2 Drone
Have you ever wanted to know what’s going on over your neighbor’s wall? For only $1,199, this drone, equipped with a 14 megapixel camera, can fly over under your control and tape the flight right to your smartphone (which can be conveniently clamped to the controller). This all-in-one package is aimed at prosumers who are looking for something more serious than, say, the Parrot AR.Drone series.
The Phantom 2 Vision gives you a taste of the advanced maneuverability and camera features from DJI’s pro-level products. The relatively light 1.16 kg drone features a built-in 14 megapixel camera (with a 1/2.3-inch sensor), which is mounted on a tilt-axis gimbal under the belly. The only parts that need to be installed are the four self-tightening propellers, along with a swappable 57.72Wh battery that lasts up to 25 minutes. And when the battery gets low, the drone flies back to you. Now that is smart!
Jaybird Reign Fitness Band
In a bucket full of fitness wearables, the Reign rises straight to the top. For one, the aesthetics are by far the best, plus it molds to the shape of your wrist. Priced at $199, it might seem a little expensive for yet another fitness band, by the Reign addresses a number of issues present with most wearables. For one, its silicon heart is smart enough to know when you’re running, walking, swimming or cycling (with a foot-mounted strap). The details of how long you performed those activities and how many calories you burned are fed to a clean and modern-looking app that shows you data in both broad strokes and fine-grained detail. It also knows when you’re asleep and how well you slept. The Reign can also calculate your ideal amount of rest based on your activity level, and will even tell you if you need to sleep a bit longer after a restless night.
What really sets the Reign apart is its GoZone feature, which tracks how ready your body is for exercise, which is determined based on variations in your heart rate. While you might think you’re only ready to hit the gym when you’re feeling 90 percent, the truth is your body is capable of a lot more, even if you’re operating at just 40 percent. If this wristband is half as good as the Jaybird fitness bluetooth headsets, then the Reign is a real winner.
Oculus Rift “Crystal Cove” Prototype
Virtual reality has captured the imagination of consumers, developers and businesses for decades, but all VR headsets produced so far have been remembered for their limitations. With its latest prototype, this Oculus VR is like no other, eliminating the stomach churning motion blur that has been the demise of previous generations of VR headsets. This prototype differs by adding sensors and a camera to track the position of both your head and body, providing more accurate simulated movement. Although this is not consumer-ready, it’s about as exciting as gadgets can get, and we anticipate the myriads of possibilities for both the entertainment, businesses and medical industries. Beam me up, Scotty!
The Clio from ClearView is a Bluetooth speaker with a difference: it’s almost invisible. Named after one of the nine goddesses of music, song and dance, the Clio is thin, curved, clear and beautiful, and blends seamlessly into its surroundings while outputting a wide range of panoramic sound. Audio is generated using a patented Edge Motion system to “activate” a transparent piece of acrylic and produce full stereo sound. This sleek, almost too-good-to-be-true speaker both looks and sounds amazing. Best of all, the Clio is priced at a very reasonable $349.
- Robb Friedman