From smart glasses for watching TV to wallet tracker
SMART GLASSES that create the effect of a giant TV and a collar that monitors your dog’s stress level were unveiled at the world’s largest tech show.
The Google and Microsoft Titans were to appear virtually at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas – but there were still plenty of gimmicks to see. Here are my top picks.
Smart glasses give the illusion of a 140-inch screen
A new version of TCL’s âportable display glassesâ has built-in micro-screens that give the wearer the effect of looking at a 140-inch screen from a distance of approximately 13 feet.
Speakers giving 3D sound are in the arms. Portable, lightweight, and with a resolution of 47 pixels per degree, it also delivers cinema-like clarity. Convenient for watching movies in a small room.
Anti-stress for dogs
This canine health tracker can also locate Fido if you lose him while chasing a rabbit. Using various sensors, it monitors heart rate and respiration as well as activities such as walking and running, scratching, food, drink, barking and rest.
These may indicate health or behavioral issues on the app. There is a monthly charge of Â£ 10.
No waiting for the bath to fill up
The new product from the bathroom specialist fills your bath at the perfect temperature and depth.
It has a drain kit and a digital valve – so no waiting around in cold weather, or worrying about flooding your bathroom if you forget it’s working. Links to Alexa, so you can tell her to do that.
Keep track of the backpack
As with the Chipolo, you can use Apple’s Find My app to locate this bag if it goes missing. The tracker is built into the bag, so a thief can’t just take it out.
Unable to locate your iPhone? Press a button on the backpack and the phone will beep to help you find it.
Don’t lose your wallet
USE Apple’s Find My Network to find your lost gadgets. This one’s the size of a credit card and you put it in your wallet.
It’s like Apple’s own AirTags, which are circular and bulky and refuse to stay in a purse or wallet.
Time for a new watch strap
COOL and colorful bands AND faces for Apple Watch, featuring logos and characters from Marvel, Star Wars, Arsenal FC and more. Better value for money and more fun than Apple’s versions.
The bracelets come with matching faces which can be downloaded. For example, you get Tom hidden in a block of cheese on Tom & Jerry’s.
TV remote control without battery
LIKE the previous TV remote control which used solar energy instead of batteries, the Samsung Eco Remote can now also be recharged by recovering the radio waves emitted by wifi routers.
The technology is enough to power a remote, but still wouldn’t be enough for more power-hungry gadgets like phones. The small solar panel can also get power from indoor lights.
Monitor weight and more
SMART scales that do more than just measure your weight. The smart technology includes a range of sensors to monitor your body composition as well as cardiovascular measurements and nerve activity.
See what the new glasses look like
IF you wear glasses, it’s hard to see what a new pair will look like.
This smart service – on websites like Fashion Eyewear and being rolled out to optical stores – will take a picture of you in your current pair and overlay the ensemble you want to try on for them.
Bluetooth for your vinyl
WITH record sales at their highest for 30 years, the new Alva ST from the UK hi-fi specialist lets fans listen to songs from the turntable in high quality on compatible wireless headphones, thanks to aptX HD Bluetooth .
There’s also the more sophisticated TT V2 turntable.