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CES conference debuts high-tech gadgets specializing in wellness

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A high-tech pillow that may prevent snoring and a navigation device that may aid visually impaired were amongst the various head-turning gadgets and gizmos unveiled at the biggest tech show on the earth.

CES officially kicked off its four-day geekfest in Las Vegas on Thursday with a myriad of latest devices — from those targeting personal health and wellness to consumer electronics, electric vehicles and the metaverse.

One product that had many sleep-deprived spouses in the gang of 100,000 on the Venetian Convention and Expo Center especially excited was the Motion Pillow, which might recognize when an individual snores after which inflates an airbag contained in the pillow to show their head or spine.

The Motion Pillow, a gadget that stops a user from snoring by gently inflating.CSE/Consumer Technology Associat

“Once it hears you start to snore, it finds where your head is on the pillow and it begins to maneuver you gently,” said Brent Chappell of Motion Pillow. “Your airway re-opens. You stop snoring, the pillow deactivates and also you carry on sleeping.”

The pillow was amongst a select few devices at CES to nab an Innovation nomination and is anticipated to be on sale this 12 months.

One other creative product was introduced by Japanese company Ashirase, which invented a “walking navigation” system for visually impaired people. The device, which received an Innovation Award, is worn on the shoe and sends a vibration to your foot via a smartphone app that tells users which direction to travel.

“We hope that visually impaired people will have the opportunity to ‘walk freely on their very own’ and open up a future in their very own way,” the corporate said.

a person wearing ashirase's navigation gadget on their shoe.Ashirase’s “walking navigation” gadget for visually impaired people. CSE/Consumer Technology Associat

Those that wish to coast on wheels but don’t need to break a sweat can splurge on electric in-line skates from French firm Atmos for $533. Skaters wear a battery pack around their waist and use a small distant to maintain the rollerblades moving.

On the electrical automotive front, BMW unveiled its i Vision Dee technology for its EVs in 2025. The technology takes artificial intelligence to a latest level, allowing the driving force to customize the automotive’s exterior. The automotive also learns about the driving force and makes proactive suggestions that appear on-screen contained in the automotive. It also takes voice commands.

Meanwhile, Sony announced it’ll team with Honda on a latest electric vehicle called Afeela that is anticipated to hit the road within the US in 2026. No word on the pricing yet. However the sedan-sized vehicle might be interactive, using safety and driver assistance systems from Honda together with entrainment and interactive features from Sony.

Atmos' CES poster for its electric in-line skates.
Atmos’ CES poster for its electric in-line skates.

a person skating with atmos' electric in-line skates
Atmos’ electric skates retail for $533.


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The metaverse was also one other big theme, with many firms unveiling their latest gadgets for virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR).

Start-up, OVR Technology presented a headset that enables users to smell within the metaverse, which could move beyond gaming and movie-watching into health, beauty and wellness, the corporate said.

The headset, dubbed ION 3, is a wearable device that delivers as much as hundreds of scents using cartridges. Its delivery system is synchronized with the content users are viewing in AR, VR, or via desktop or mobile.

A prototype of Afeela, an electric vehicle by Sony Honda Mobility Inc. is unveiled during a press event at the 2023 CES event in Las Vegas, Nevada, US, on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023. A prototype of Afeela, an electrical vehicle from Sony and Honda is unveiled during a press event on the 2023 CES event in Las Vegas on Jan. 4. Bloomberg via Getty Images

afeela protoypeThe Afeela from Honda and Sony is an interactive vehicle that is about to be released in 2026.Bloomberg via Getty Images

On the approach to life side, pop star Paula Abdul launched Idol Eyes, a line of audio sunglasses.

Starting at $199, the sunglasses feature a five-hour battery life and play audio from the sunglass frames via Bluetooth connectivity. Users can take heed to music or answer calls via the sunglasses, which can be found in seven colours with polarized and blue-light filtered lenses.

“I’ve desired to get into the tech world for the longest time,” the “Straight Up” singer told The Associated Press Thursday, “but I desired to do it in a way that was authentic to who I’m.”

Paula Abdul wearing Idol Eyes sunglasses.Singer Paula Abdul debuted Idol Eyes, a line of audio sunglasses at CES 2023.IdolEyes/Paula Abdul

“I’m just marrying fashion, movement and technology,” the previous “American Idol” host added. “That’s where my heart is.”.

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