As ever in the New Year a collection of technology giants, minnows and everything in between throng the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. This showcases some of the brightest, best and downright bonkers in the world of consumer electronics. Below we outline a couple of early examples with more to come in following ‘Inspireds’.
Too much excess over the festivities? Then Belty may be the thing for you. This smart belt automatically adjusts itself throughout the day, depending on how much you’ve eaten and how much exercise you’ve done to compensate. It comes equipped with small sensors, an accelerator and gyroscope and knows just how much you’ve been moving and whether you need to be more active.
The belt connects with an app that charts the data it collects throughout the day. It pushes out feedback and suggestions that correspond to how the belt adjusts in real time. It also keeps track of your overall health, and nudges you when you’ve been sitting for too long. Unveiled by French startup Emiota at CES this promises a real-time reminder to keep those New Year resolutions. Unless of course it doesn’t go with your outfit.
Locking your luggage a hassle? Forgotten that lock/key/passcode/mind yet again? In what is, surprisingly, the world’s first smart luggage lock, eGeeTouch allows consumers to access their baggage via NFC-enabled smartphone, tablet or smartwatch, travelers without fuss.
Launched by startup Digipas at CES, the system is waterproof and designed to handle both extreme hot and cold weather and is U.S. Transport Security Administration approved. What’s more, EGeeTouch can be accessed using a pre-paired NFC smart tag or sticker (to put in a wallet) if the user doesn’t have an NFC-enabled device.
The lock runs on battery power, but can be recharged via an external USB portable power source when that runs out. Or there is a back-up mechanical key for those who find the future just too confronting.
In what is surely destined to be a future classic graffiti style for 2015, Odeith, a talented street artist based in Portugal, creates works of street art that fool your eyes into thinking that they’re floating 3D sculptures. By incorporating the ground and the ambient lighting of a work into his composition, he makes it seem like his “floating” paintings are casting shadows on the ground or even giving off light.
The artist sounds a bit of a renaissance man, as he used to run a tattoo studio and also sells canvas paintings as well. We think the new year will see Odeith’s door open to some pretty awesome commissions from brands across the globe so watch this space.