The beginning of a new year brings a surge of anticipation surrounding upcoming trends, from technology to wellness. Annually, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) kicks off to introduce innovative products to the tech industry produced by some of the biggest companies, such as Samsung and Sony. The following are some of the most interesting technology companies are hinting at this year and in the years ahead.
JBLTour Pro 2 Earbuds
The new and improved JBL earbuds have features like no other for an enjoyable music experience. The JBLTour Pro 2 Earbuds include a unique charging case with a touchscreen that allows users to manage audio settings, set alarms, answer calls, and check battery life. Aside from the smartwatch-like features, the earbuds come with noise-canceling technology, microphone voice control and up to 40 hours of playback time.
Withings U-Scan Device
Withings created a U-Scan device that spears a trip to the doctor’s office by allowing for convenient monitoring of one's health from the comfort of their own bathroom. The device attaches to existing urinals and gathers information about the user’s urine stream to detect vitamin deficiencies, analyze hydration, monitor metabolism and identify other bodily occurrences.
Yukai Engineering Fufuly Cushion
Yukai Engineering designed Fufuly, a cushion to help relieve anxiety through a gentle pulsing sensation. In an effort to induce steady breathing as well as promote relaxation, the cushion has been created to evoke the comforting sensation of a hug by expanding and contracting. As a hug is known to release oxytocin, a hormone linked to feelings of comfort, this feature may be beneficial to individuals who struggle with feelings of uneasiness and stress.
BMW iVision Dynamics Concept Car
BMW presented a striking concept car that can switch between 32 different colors. During the demonstration, the car's various components were seen to flash in different tones and patterns of color based on the surrounding environment. The concept car, while not prepared for mass production, offers insight of the company's design expertise and offers a glimpse into the possibilities for new and advanced features in future vehicles.
Schlage Encode Plus Smart WiFi Deadbolt
The Schlage smart lock is a revolutionary new product that allows for the ability to lock and unlock a door directly from a phone or watch. Among the first to support Apple's Home Key feature, the smart lock feature allows users to upload their keys to their Apple Wallet. Additionally, the smart lock can be voice-activated, enabling hands-free security through Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa.