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Cool Tech Finds at CES

The 2017 Consumer Electronics Show was in Vegas earlier this month, and now that all the dust has settled, there are a few products that stand out to me as being really cool. Or as being not so nice to fish, but more on that later.

I love to cook and I love to garden, but the thought of tossing banana peels and eggshells into a compost pile in the yard makes me fear that Templeton the rat and all his friends might pay me a visit. So my eyes nearly popped out of my head (and my husband slowly took the credit card out of my hand) when I saw the Whirlpool Zera Food Recycler. This attractive container sits in your kitchen, and you dump all your food scraps into it. Within 24 hours, you get a container of nutrient-rich fertilizer for your plants or lawn. You reduce the food waste in landfills, which is so 2017, and you get a constant source of free garden goodness. Sign me up!

At a lower price point and of great interest to my son, we find the Lego Boost. This educational kit offers sets of motors and programmable bricks that will turn any old Lego collection into motorized or motion-sensitive toys. You can also record voice effects on an app, so your creations can talk. I think this is a great way to get kids as young as 7 (or as old as 47) interested in playing with their Legos again.

If you’re a fan of cruises, check this out: Carnival unveiled the Ocean Medallion, which can be worn (as a necklace or keychain) or carried in your pocket. It will automatically unlock your cabin door as you approach, track your meal order, let you locate family and friends on the ship, pay for merchandise and navigate from the pool to the restaurant. It might be a little much for some people, but those who embrace technology with all its warts are going to have smooth sailing the next time they take to the sea with Carnival.

And here’s the absolutely coolest thing, saved for last: LG Display showed off the OLED “wallpaper” TV, which is less than 1mm thick and weighs four pounds. It’s flexible and attaches to the wall with…wait for it…magnets! A magnetic mat sticks on the wall, and the almost impossibly thin screen sticks to it. The panels have been released in 55-inch, 66-inch and 77-inch sizes, and the company plans to releases a 99-inch screen within the next year. Looks like I need to sneak that credit card right back out of my husband’s hand.

There were some other funky things that caught my eye: the Foldimate, which folds and steams laundry for you, or aristotle by nabi, which is pretty much Amazon’s Alexa for infants. The PowerRay by PowerVision is an underwater drone that tracks, photographs and baits fish so you can catch them. That one seems unfair to me; I’d be rooting for the fish.

So there you have one more take on what’s a pretty fantastic event for new tech finds. At Hodgson, we spend our days making technology work smarter and harder for our clients, but every now and then it’s nice to just sit back and marvel at a machine that folds your laundry.  


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