Menu
Cool Tech Devices for (Serious) Gadget Lovers

Cool Tech Devices for (Serious) Gadget Lovers

If you love tech gadgets -- and who doesn't? -- all sorts were on display at the Churchill Club's annual gadget fest this week in Santa Clara. Devices included a collar that tracks your dog's daily exercise, a fork that vibrates when you've eaten too much and a basketball filled with sensors. Professional, portable movie cameras and military-grade thermal imaging devices are also making their way into hands of consumers.

While many gadgets were making their debut, others had already made their rounds in the press, such as Google's Chromecast for marrying the Web to the television, 3D scanners, bulky $600 glasses that create an enclosed theatre similar to watching a 70- to 80-inch television screen.

[Related: 8 Most Interesting Tech Gadgets of 2013]

AllThingsD's Walt Mossberg showed off a Bluetooth glucose meter reader for diabetics, a $150 leather handbag that charges your phone and the Jot pen, which lets users write on plain paper and transfers the writings or scribblings to a tablet. In Mossberg's presentation, the pen didn't work so well, and his colleague, Kara Swisher, questioned the practicality of the product.

"Who would use it?" she asked.

Indeed, a few of the gadgets seemed a little odd.

[Related: 10 New Gadgets to Improve Your Workspace]

There was a device that looked like an old CB walkie-talkie you'd stick under a person's armpit to measure toxic chemicals in the body, such as fire retardant. Another large device was a thermal imaging device that could look through walls (yeah, no privacy concerns there). The device is similar to the one used by the Boston Police Department to find the marathon bomber hiding under a tarp in a boat.

In the world of the Internet of things, a high-tech egg carton connects to a smartphone letting you know how many eggs remain when out you're out grocery shopping. The carton also indicates which eggs are the oldest and need to be used first.

The Gadget Man Can

Enter Greg Harper, president of Harpervision Associates, the gadget man. Like Santa Claus for gadget lovers, he brought a bounty of products to please everyone.

[Related: How the 'Modern Man' Will Wear Technology]

For espionage enthusiasts, there was a camera lens that could attach to a smartphone for taking pictures, as well as detach and be remotely controlled by the smartphone (think: hidden camera).

For athletes, basketballs and soccer balls have sensors that give feedback to players, such as ball speed and rotation, in order for them to improve their techniques. Some European sports teams are putting sensors into jerseys and football helmets to count and measure the impact of collisions, in hopes of avoiding concussions and other injuries by taking out at-risk players.

[Related: Has the Time for Smartwatches Arrived (or Is It Too Late for Watches)?]

For audiophiles, Harper showed off wireless speakers that are great for airplane trips because they cancel out the noise of the engine, although quality of sound suffers with noise cancellation headphones, he says. Harper brought out super small wireless speakers with good sound and plush stuffed animals that danced as music played.

For kids, games are merging the physical world with the virtual one. Playing off the Hunger Games phenomenon, Swisher showed a bow and arrow with a smartphone attached to it. Kids can run around physically and shoot each other virtually. Harper showed two miniature cars that run around a racetrack controlled by smartphones. The app lets kids arm their cars with all sorts of virtual weapons and can fire at each other.

There was even something for reporters. Harper showed a Sony digital sound and video recorder that fits into a shirt pocket. The gadget captures great audio and video; most devices either do one or the other or don't do both equally well. It would be perfect for the multi-media journalist.

"I want one of those," Swisher says.

Tom Kaneshige covers Apple, BYOD and Consumerization of IT for CIO.com. Follow Tom on Twitter @kaneshige. Follow everything from CIO.com on Twitter @CIOonline, Facebook, Google + and LinkedIn. Email Tom at tkaneshige@cio.com

Read more about consumer technology in CIO's Consumer Technology Drilldown.

Follow Us

Join the New Zealand Reseller News newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags consumer electronicsTechnology Topics | Consumer TechnologyGooglemossbergInternet of Thingstech gadgetsHarpervision AssociatesTechnology Topicsgadget festgadgets

Featured

Slideshows

Educating from the epicentre - Why distributors are the pulse checkers of the channel

Educating from the epicentre - Why distributors are the pulse checkers of the channel

​As the channel changes and industry voices deepen, the need for clarity and insight heightens. Market misconceptions talk of an “under pressure” distribution space, with competitors in that fateful “race for relevance” across New Zealand. Amidst the cliched assumptions however, distribution is once again showing its strength, as a force to be listened to, rather than questioned. Traditionally, the role was born out of a need for vendors and resellers to find one another, acting as a bridge between the testing lab and the marketplace. Yet despite new technologies and business approaches shaking the channel to its very core, distributors remain tied to the epicentre - providing the voice of reason amidst a seismic industry shift. In looking across both sides of the vendor and partner fences, the middle concept of the three-tier chain remains centrally placed to understand the metrics of two differing worlds, as the continual pulse checkers of the local channel. This exclusive Reseller News Roundtable, in association with Dicker Data and rhipe, examined the pivotal role of distribution in understanding the health of the channel, educating from the epicentre as the market transforms at a rapid rate.

Educating from the epicentre - Why distributors are the pulse checkers of the channel
Kiwi channel reunites as After Hours kicks off 2017

Kiwi channel reunites as After Hours kicks off 2017

After Hours made a welcome return to the channel social calendar last night, with a bumper crowd of distributors, vendors and resellers descending on The Jefferson in Auckland to kickstart 2017. Photos by Maria Stefina.

Kiwi channel reunites as After Hours kicks off 2017
Arrow exclusively introduces Tenable Network Security to A/NZ channel

Arrow exclusively introduces Tenable Network Security to A/NZ channel

Arrow Electronics introduced Tenable Network Security to local resellers in Sydney last week, officially launching the distributor's latest security partnership across Australia and New Zealand. Representing the first direct distribution agreement locally for Tenable specifically, the deal sees Arrow deliver security solutions directly to mid-market and enterprise channel partners on both sides of the Tasman.

Arrow exclusively introduces Tenable Network Security to A/NZ channel
Show Comments