Google had a good CES, thanks in no small part to the company’s decision to forgo its own Echo Show competitor, in favor of third-party options. For now, Lenovo’s Smart Displaystands at the top of the heap, with a nice design from a solid hardware maker. Assistant may not have passed Alexa at this year’s show, but it’s certainly helped cement its role as a serious contender.
More often than not, CES is a show of iterative upgrades — keeping consumers locked into the yearly upgrade cycle. But some hardware makers are actually looking to make a difference. Testdrop jumped out at us as one of the potentially more important products of the show. The Guitar pick-shaped device is capable of testing the quality of drinking water by examining the electric field around it.
Omron’s Forpheus Ping Pong playing robot
Let’s be honest, it wasn’t too tough keeping Tito entertained at CES last week, but none of the gadgets he saw were any match for the Omron Forpheus. The ping pong playing robot features a built-in LED screen featuring encouraging messages, all while whipping your butt at a round of table tennis.
Peak Design Everyday Backpack
Not a gadget, exactly, but Peak Design’s Kickstarter triumph, the Everyday Backpack really won Matt over this year. At $300, it’s not cheap, but it looks great and is capable of holding even our ridiculous array of gadgetry.
Kohler Numi intelligent toilet
After some questionable food choices, my hotel toilet was my gadget pick of the show, too. But Kohler’s Numi intelligent toilet is on the list for…different reasons. The smart piece of plumbing has an sensor that activates a foot warmer and heated seat, along with ambient lighting, a bidet and, naturally, music.
Via Tech Crunch