With the rise of wearable technology, biometric tracking devices, and environmental sensors on display this week at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show, things are getting personal.
Here’s a look at some of the coolest personal tech we’ve seen so far...
Coming later this year, these fitness-minded headphones from LG have the ability to measure heart rate by utilizing sensors that measure blood flow through the inner ear. And thanks to a built in accelerometer, stats such as distance travelled, steps taken, and calories burned can also be measured and sent to the user’s smartphone via Bluetooth.
Anyone who measures fitness metrics will find the value in this device compared to older technology – which usually included a clunky wrist unit and chest strap.
Designed to measure a host of environmental metrics, CubeSensors claim to “help you live better”. And if saving money on electricity and enjoying a healthier living space is your definition of “living better”, then these palm-sized devices may be right for you.
Measuring environmental factors such as air quality, temperature, humidity, noise, and light, CubeSensors can send alerts to your mobile device with information on how to make your surroundings more comfortable and energy efficient in regards to light and temperature usage.
Over the past few years at CES, we have seen a huge increase in smart home automation technology. One of the coolest home automation gadgets unveiled this year is the Eversense programmable thermostat.
While companies like Nest have been leading the way for smart thermostat technology for several years, the Eversense thermostat claims to react to users’ real-time behaviors instead of learned algorithms. Designed to be paired with smartphones, Eversense can automatically shut off once the last smartphone (or person) has left the house, and turn back on once the person crosses back in to a set “proximity zone” as defined by the user.
In addition to performing the duties of a traditional thermostat, Eversense can also display weather forecasts, show energy-saving tips, and even stream music wirelessly from iPhone or Android devices.