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Keep your eyes open for these gadgets in 2015

Posted: 14 Jan 2015 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:CES? IoT? smart? UHDTV? 3D?

Rather than a refrigerator that sends a message that I'm low on milk (IoT1.0), Panasonic's new fridge has a camera eye inside. I can check what's inside on my smartphone while roaming the supermarket.

The image runs in a smartphone app that recognises what's left in the fridge and suggests recipes based on that.

Panasonic applied the same principle to its oven. A camera installed inside updates me via iPhone on the status of my roast chicken while I'm nestled on the couch enjoying the Packers' victory over Jerry Jones.

An electronic "shoe" to increase your walking rate

CES 2015

These are not skates, they're an electronic undershoe by French company Rollkers. This prototype is made for commuters who want to get where they're going faster. Due out in 2016, the 6lbs shoes have a self-regulating motor, rechargeable battery and accelerometer to manage speed, using a Bluetooth connection. The metal eRollkers are pretty heavy, but company officials hope to bring the weight down to 2lbs with a plastic frame. Early users will have the added benefit of building their calf muscles.

CES 2015

Android TV C growing in tandem with smartphones

CES 2015

I've always thought smart TVs are overrated. Pretty much all of the so-called Internet TV ideas, promoted since the late '90's, have flopped. The walled garden approach went nowhere. It was compounded further by the less-than-thrilling Google TV rollout.

Leaving Google TV behind, Sony rolled out the world's first Android TV, powered by MediaTek, at this year's CES.

Google wised up and switched strategy to take advantage of the Android ecosystem and a growing population already using Android smartphones. The new TV platform will use an interface as intuitive and as simple as that used in Android-based smartphones.

By unifying the user experience for both smartphones and TVs, TV OEMs like Sony can restore their faith in "smart TV," updating the OS and apps for Android TV in tandem with their Android phones.

CES 2015

When just a text from your pansy isn't enough

CES 2015

Parrot (Paris, France) launched in 2014 a little device called "Flower Power." The battery-operated, Bluetooth-enabled wireless sensor unit was designed to connect to an iOS device. One can place it in the soil next to a plant and correlate it with the Parrot plant database. It monitors and collects data on soil moisture, sunlight, temperature and fertiliser. It lets users know when to water and how to diagnose other issues.

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