We wrote about the 7 must-have filmmaking tools we discovered at CES 2014, but over the past few days at CES 2014, we’ve seen countless other cool gizmos intended to entertain and/or make your life easier, including smart watches, wireless speakers and lots of snazzy cell phone cases. Some of these gadgets probably won’t ever rise above the level of curiosities or conversation pieces, but a few could become household items in the next few years — or not. Decide for yourself.
Here are the craziest, coolest gadgets from CES:
1. RoboThespian: This interactive robot can communicate in various languages. He’s mostly used in science musics and public places, but we envision a “Her”-like world in which we all have RoboThespians of our own. Find out more about RoboThespian here.
2. iRobot Scooba 450: A friendly robot is great, but If you like your robotics hardworking and useful, look no further than the iRobot Scooba 450, which can scrub your floors. Find out more about iRobot Scooba Floor Scrubbing Robot here.
3. Mother: Mother is watching and tracking your every move. This little tracking device, which uses small sensors called “cookies,” can monitor up to 24 tasks at once — the company said it could monitor how much coffee is left in the jar, whether the kids got got home from school in time and whether they’ve brushed their teeth before bed. Creepy, cool or both? Find out more about Mother here and decide for yourself.
4. June: Wearable tech is all the craze here at CES, but June is the first wearable tech that we’ve seen that is something you might actually want to wear. Produced by Netatmo, the June, which the company calls a “personalized sun protection coach,” is a beautiful bracelet with classy credits: it’s designed by French jewelry designer Camille Toupet and is available in gold, platinum, and gunmetal. Not only does it look nice, but it’s also handy: it’s got a photolvotaic cell which syncs to your iPhone via Bluetooth and can make sure you’re not getting too much sun exposure. But do you really need a smart bracelet to tell you to wear sunscreen or put on a hat? Mashable thinks so. It was included in Mashable’s Best Tech of CES 2014.
5. SmartROLL: Scosche displayed its patent pending SmartROLL, electronic gaming dice. These Bluetooth Smart powered dice feature a built-in accelerometer and motion sensors and are evenly balanced to ensure random results. Read more about these smart dice here.
6. Happy Plugs: Just what you always needed…18-carat gold headphones. The Happy Plugs ear buds are 24 grams of solid gold. As the company said, they are “more a functional jewelry than a technology gadget.” Priced at $14,500, they better be much more than just a gadget. Find out more here.
7. Lynx Grills: Not sure if it’s time to flip those burgers? Now you can talk to your grill with Lynx Grills’ voice activated smart grill, which will automatically cook foods based on user commands. The grill can also send notifications via audio, visual alerts and mobile platforms so it can tell you when dinner’s on! Find out more here.
8. 3D Printer/Scanner: It’s more cool than crazy, but this 3D printer also works as a scanner, copier and fax. AIO Robotics is calling it “the most affordable, smart, easy-to-use, complete 3D copying machine.” You can even”fax” an object by sending its digital image to another 3D printer where it can then be printed out. Find out more here.
9. SmartCharge: Kickstarter-funded SmartCharge bulbs can stay lit even during power outages thanks to a patent pending Grid & Switch Sensor technology, which can distinguish between a power loss power due to opening of the line switch and one resulting from a power failure.
10. PetziConnect: At the office all day and want to keep tabs on little Fluffy, home alone? No problem, with a free app, PetziConnect is a PetCam which allows you to communicate with or record your beloved pet remotely from anywhere at any time. Find out more here.