Alexa was everywhere at CES 2018. One place it makes sense is in the new First Alert Onelink Safe & Sound. The company says this is the 1st smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarm with a superior home speaker and Alexa built-in! A clever idea is that you're going to install smoke/CO detectors in a lot of rooms. Since the First Alert units need a speaker to call out the emergencies, why not install a top-notch speaker and Alexa, so you can also use the unit to communicate with Alexa. That way you can have music in every room, get the weather, etc. throughout the house.
Dickie D just got back from CES and he pretty much saw a lot of silly ideas that didn't really have much use. Leo says they've run out of ideas and are now mashing them together to create something new. But one thing he did see came from Kodak. The Kodak Super8 camera looks like a retro model, but it was a brand new camera that will go on sale soon. And yes, it uses Super 8mm film! Film that you shoot and mail off to Kodak just the way you did 40 or 50 years ago! Unlike the old super 8 camera, this one has a large flip-out 4-inch LCD screen.
The first gadget of the year by Dickie D is the Raphycool Selfie Light Ring. And it has a great additional feature — a built-in power bank. That means if your phone is running low on battery as you're shooting pictures or videos, you can plug your device into the Selfie Ring's 1500mAh battery. The selfie clip on light has 3 levels light: Low, Medium and High. The company says it works for 12 hours on low, 4~6 hours on medium, and 2 hours on high when fully charged. That of course will be less if you're also using the built in battery to charge your device.
Dickie D got the ZipSnip. The multi-purpose 4V cordless ZipSnip cuts cardboard, rubber, plastic and more. It will even work great on a clamshell package, keeping hands and fingers out of harm’s way. The blade operates at 260 rpm (no load) and its maximum cutting thickness is ¼ in. The ergonomically designed cutter is constructed of high-impact nylon resin with a comfortable mold grip. The tool’s trigger is an integrated part of the handle with a top-mounted lock-out switch for added safety. The cutter has a built-in charging port that brings the tool to a full charge in five hours.
This week's gadget from Dickie D is the Twistmas Light. Twistmas Lights allow anyone to take their favorite photos and make their own personalized holiday ornaments that are lit up. You can decorate your tree with what matters most to you; special family photos, pets, photos of family history, favorite sports teams and more...the possibilities are endless. It's also the perfect personalized gift for friends and family members. A Twistmas Light can be purchased as an individual ornament or a package of six ornaments.
PillStashios are treats that enable pet owners to “stash” their medications inside so your pet takes them. They look like a little nut that opens with room inside for the pill. They comes in two different sizes for different sized pills. Using all natural, USA sourced, healthy ingredients, with really delicious flavors. PillStashios are made with our patented and unique 'Smell Lock TM' closure system to ensure that dogs can't smell the pill inside or they can't separate the pill and spit it out.
This weeks' gadget lets you pour wine out of a wine bottle without uncorking it, keeping it safe from oxidation. The device is called Coravin it uses a "pouring needle" to access the wine without cork damage. Remove the needle and the cork reseals itself and continues protecting the wine. Argon gas, an inert gas used in the wine-making process, protects the remaining wine from oxidation. Coravin fits on a variety of sized standard wine bottles, and they even made an adapter for screw-on caps. There many designs and systems available starting at $199.99.
Line and Naver Corp have new Bluetooth-enabled wireless earbuds. While several companies are working on ear-to-ear real-time language translation, Mars is different. How? According to the company, other earbuds require separate mobile devices and earbuds, or two pairs of earbuds. Mars only requires a single pair that can be shared between two people. Using the Naver Papago app, the user assigns a language to each each earbud. From there, two people will be able to have real-time ear-to-ear translation of 10 different languages.
ShadeCraft is a robotics and technology startup based in Los Angeles, California. Their flagship product, SUNFLOWER, is billed as the world’s first robotic shading system that tracks the sun. But that's not all! It has a full set of high tech features that include GPS, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, a high definition camera, voice activation and controls, speakers to stream audio, controlled lighting, and the ability to charge external devices! And – it's all powered through solar energy. Now this was a preview look and the more formal introduction will take place at CES 2018.
With Halloween coming, Dickie D's fun toy this week is a Piggyback or "Ride On" costumes. It gives the illusion of an elf giving you a piggyback ride! Or riding on the back of a T-Rex! The costume tricks your vision so that those who encounter the wearer will think that they are actually sitting on the shoulders of something else. But of course it's all you wearing the costume, with your legs in the pants and phony legs hanging down that look like they're yours! Priced about $40 and up. Amazon features lots of other “piggyback ride on” costumes too,.