CES 2013: Watches, Health/Fitness and Appliances

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CES 2013 is a consumer gadget show. The phones, tablets, and big screen tvs were just a warm up for the Android watches, health and fitness gadgets and Android appliances, like microwave ovens, refrigerators and air conditioners. Most of the following were gathered from Engadet’s CES coverage.

Android Watches

  • Pebble smart watch. The smart watch will finally begin shipping to Kickstarter backers on January 23rd. The smartwatch is equipped with a 1.26-inch backlit e-paper display with Bluetooth 4.0, vibration motor, accelerometer and compass. Bluetooth pairs with iOS or Android devices running Allerta’s companion app. It can receive SMS, email and other notifications, and the music app turns the smartwatch into an AVRCP-compatible remote.
  • The I’m Watch includes “i’music” and “i’mages” apps, and a new “i’market” app store. The I’m Here device is a GPS tracker, equipped with a SIM card that can also let you make an emergency call at the push of a button. Look for it to be available sometime in May for $169.
  • The Cookoo watch lets you know someone is calling , that you missed a call, or alert you about new email. The watch can also talk back to the phone, so you can use it as a remote release for the camera. A free Bluetooth 4.0 app on your iPhone prompts it.
  • Toshiba’s concept smartwatch uses an ECG sensor to measure pulse, pull in email and calendar appointments from your smartphone and display maps on the 1.7-inch, 200×320-pixel OLED screen.
  • Leikr GPS sports watch, another Kickstarter project, has a 2-inch, 320 x 240 display with a color navigation mode using up to 8GB-worth of onboard OpenStreetMap data. It’s designed by former Nokia engineers who claim the Leikr catch a quicker GPS signal. It connects directly to a cloud-based, Endomondo-integrated exercise portal using WiFi and Linux-based software.
  • inPulse and WIMM One primarily targeted at developers. Runs a “default” app that displays notifications sent from your phone via Bluetooth — i.e., calls, text messages, emails and calendar alerts. This requires your handset to be paired and running the free inPulse app.

Health and Fitness gadgets:

  • BodyMedia CORE 2 armband. A new, smaller and more fashionable arm band, it packs a three-axis accelerometer, plus temperature, heat flux and galvanic skin response sensors to measure all kinds of biometric data. The band also tracks sleeping patterns to give wearers a full 24/7/365 picture of their health. Using Bluetooth 4.0, those biometrics get passed on to BodyMedia’s existing mobile apps and web portal to track your fitness over time
  • Fitbit Flex wristband, a $100 fitness tracker designed to compete with the Jawbone Up. Like other Fitbit devices, it counts calories, steps taken and distance covered. Fitbit says the Flex can last between five and seven days on a charge, with a Bluetooth 4.0 radio inside.
  • Wahoo Fitness scale. Simply step on the $99 scale and your weight will be recorded and synced to the companion iOS app. The Balance can record up to 130 weigh-ins before needing to push the information to your iPhone or iPad via Bluetooth,
  • Basis fitness tracker. Priced at $199, and unlike Nike Fuelband and other devices aimed at athletes, Basis is attempting to lure in more mainstream users with the ability to set goals and get rewarded for staying on track. For instance, the “Patterns” view in the web console will show not just how many steps you take throughout the day, but which hours of the day you were most active.
  • iRiver Bio-sensing earbuds. Plug them into your head and the built-in hardware can relay vital statistics like your heart rate and fitness level to your smartphone.
  • HAPIfork smart fork. The basic concept is an eating tool that measures three metrics — how long you eat for, how long between each mouthful and how many of them you take. If you want to smarten up your cutlery, it’ll cost you $99 for the USB only version.

Android Appliances:

  • Panasonic’s NFC Android app will let you remotely operate appliances, view energy savings and program settings via NFC. The electronics giant is introducing connected air conditioners, refrigerators, washer-dryers as well as smaller devices such as blood pressure monitors and calorie meters. Along with remote control, there appears to be some supportive cloud-based services too
  • Touch Revolution microwave Puts Android in the microwave. A seven-inch capacitive-screened tablet connects over WiFi, providing VOIP calling and control. Touch Revolution has developed a board it calls the NIM1000; effectively an Android tablet without a case. It can be dropped into just about anything you like.
  • Dacor’s Android oven. Features a 1GHz processor, 512MB of DDR2 RAM and Android 4.0.3. Also cooks food. $4,499.
  • Samsung Zipel oven Built-in WiFi that lets the oven communicate with your Android-based smartphone, which can be used to dial the oven in just right for 160 different dishes.
  • LG’s Thinq automated appliances. The appliances support both WiFi and ZigBee connectivity in order to communicate with each other, your in-home smart meter, and with smartphones when outside of the home. So far, LG has announced four Thinq devices including a vacuum, fridge, oven, and washer and dryer pair.
Posted by Sam Churchill on Friday, January 11th, 2013 at 12:11 pm .

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