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Consumer Electronics Show, which is one of the biggest tech shows in the world is not only about smartphones, computers and televisions, but it is also related to strange, odd and confusing gadgets.
CES 2013 seems to have several such gadgets thereby changing the Las Vegas Convention Center show floor into a unique one, that is peculiar.
Some of the strange devices that were showcased at the ongoing CES 2013 event are a digital fork, 3D customized iPhone cases, suitcases with location tracking and a few others.
Hapilabs’ digital fork
CES 2013 has dedicated an entire section of the show floor to health and fitness related gadgets and apps with most tracking activity in the hopes of encouraging exercise. Hapilabs has taken a different approach, looking to limit food with a digital fork.
The HAPIfork is designed to encourage slow eating and it is based on the idea that slower eating will cut calories and is easier on the digestive system. Take a bite with the HAPIfork and it registers the motion with an electric loop capacitive sensor. Try to take another bite too soon, within five to seven seconds, and it will vibrate to warn you to slow down.
There's an app, of course, that tracks progress in slowing down your eating, with the data sent to a smartphone via Bluetooth. The digital fork is priced at $99 (approx. Rs 5,000).
TrakDot luggage locator
TrakDot luggage locator is powered by a pair of standard AA batteries. TrakDot is small and light and can be tucked inside a bag. If that bag goes missing, a smartphone app can be used to track it via GPS signal anywhere in the globe. It will also send a text message or email once the suitcase lands on the baggage carousel.
The company has its own spectrum to provide the service, and the device stops broadcasting the signal once it's airborne to avoid causing issues with planes.
The luggage locator is priced at $50 (approx. Rs 2,750) with an annual subscription fee of $13 (approx. Rs 710).
Sculpteo’s bespoke iPhone cases
The halls of CES are drowning in iPhone cases, with almost every booth offering everything from sparkly diamante designs to others themed on favourite sports team. Instead of searching for the right one to reflect the personality, Sculpteo lets consumers to create their own bespoke case, choosing the colors, materials and design.
BodyMedia FIT Armband
Bodymedia's latest device - an adhesive patch that is stuck onto the arm for seven days. After the period is over, tear it open and plug a contained device into a USB port, download the collected data and dispose of the equipment.
With its patented multi-sensor Armband, BodyMedia FIT automatically tracks calories burned during exercise and monitors exercise intensity.
The firm plans to sell the device for under $50 (approx. Rs 2,750).
Dacor's Discovery Smart Oven
The penetration of Android OS has gone too deep as it has managed to spread across multiple devices apart from smartphones and tablets.
Luxury appliance maker Dacor has announced its 30 inch, Android-powered Discovery wall oven at the CES 2013.
The company says the smart oven lets users to surf the Internet, view recipes, and even enter a guided cooking mode for novice chefs.