CES 2017 Brings Smart Hairbrush and Listening Fridge
It's the week of the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, and this year smart home gadgets seem to be attracting attention - rather than the latest TV technology. Everything from fridges to hairbrushes is getting some form of upgrade from gadget makers.
One big story is the attempts by firms such as Google and Amazon to get their voice-operated "virtual assistants" connected to home devices. While gadgets such as Google Home and the Amazon Echo already control of some more common smart tech such as automated lighting and thermostats, several manufacturers showed off new home appliances that hook up to the systems.
Simply Speak to Refill
LG has produced a fridge known as the Smart InstaView which includes the Alexa voice recognition system that powers Amazon's services. It means that if you open up the fridge and notice you have run out of something, you can simply speak to place an online order for a replacement.
The fridge comes with a host of other high-tech tools. Some are incredibly gimmicky, such as wishing you a happy birthday on the appropriate date. Others are potentially more useful such as an Internet-connected camera inside the fridge, with the idea being that if you're away at the grocery store, you can quickly check if you already have an ingredient in stock or need to buy one. (Source: slashgear.com)
Brush Listens for Breaking Hairs
Some other gadgets didn't rely on Internet connections, but instead use the type of technology that's often found in phones. That includes a hairbrush that uses a combination of a gyroscope and accelerometer to track the way the user brushes his or her hair, along with a microphone that's supposedly sensitive enough to detect when hairs are breaking. In the latter case, the brush vibrates as a warning against brushing too hard.
The brush even sends information to a smartphone app that's said to give the user an insight into the "quality" of their hair and recommend products that could improve it. While that's probably not a surprise given the brush has been developed by L'Oreal, it seems a bit of a stretch to charge customers $200 for something that's going to act as a promotional tool. (Source: bbc.co.uk)
What's Your Opinion?
Has the trend for smart home gadgets gone too far? Do you worry about the privacy and security implications of so many Internet-connected devices? Are there any home appliances you own that you think would genuinely benefit from smart technology?
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