Let’s face it, not every dog owner can be home all day to let their pet outside, whether it be to take care of business or just run around. The myQ Pet Portal allows your dog to safely be let out while away, complete with live video streaming and 2-way communication through the free downloadable app. It’s designed to replace an existing exterior door, as it comes built into select offering of Kolbe doors in several material and color options. Read more for a video and additional information.
Reasonance claims that it has developed the one of the world’s first “truly wireless TV” panels and it showcased the technology at CES 2021. You won’t need to connect any cables or plug anything in, just a standard Wi-Fi connection. This 40-inch panel allegedly uses “advanced magnetic resonance” and can be wall-mounted while the charger, which can send power over distances of up to 3.3-feet, can be nestled in a sideboard. The technology can be used for TV sets that require up to 120 watts of power. Read more for a video and additional information.
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The Robosen K1 Interstellar Scout is basically a programmable humanoid robot that focuses on STEM education for children, teens and adults alike. Featuring seventeen servo motors at the joints, the movements are not only extremely smooth, but mimic those of a real human. You can control it with a free Android / iOS app, your own voice, or a basic remote control. Use the integrated USB port to quickly and easily download custom programs. Read more for two videos and additional information.
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Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) researchers teamed up with the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering to develop aquatic robots capable of synchronizing their movements like real-life school of fish, without any external control. This is the first time that complex 3D collective behaviors with implicit coordination in underwater robots has been observed. Read more for a video and additional information.
Whether it be movies, TV shows, games, or just music, the new coffee mug-inspired ASUS ZenBeam Latte L1 portable LED projector is a great addition to any home theater system. It took home the CES 2021 Innovation Award andfeatures a user-friendly remote control, a built-in battery with up to three of use on a single charge and a 300-LED-lumens light that has a projection range of 40 to 120 inches, making it perfect for in rooms with limited space. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
We have seen the future of urban transportation, and it includes Cadillac’s new single-seat VTOL drone. In addition to being able to vertical takeoff and landing, this aircraft is fully autonomous drone and perfect for ride sharing direct from rooftops if necessary. Power comes from a 90-kWh battery, while it uses four sets of two rotors for propulsion, enabling it to hit a top speed of 56 mph. One unusual feature is having the front and rear sets of rotors at different heights, possibly for more efficient flight. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
For the past several years, drones have been a big part of the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Even though this year’s event is all-digital, the Sony Airpeak is one of the highlights. To fully support the creativity of video creators, the payload of the Airpeak can be equipped with an Alpha mirrorless camera, enabling creators to capture high quality, full frame aerial photography and video. Read more for a video and additional information.
Many have seen homes of the future, but very few have accurately predicted the technology of today, except for this clip from a This Old House episode from 1989. Host Steve Thomas visited a futuristic home in Massachusetts that gives viewers a realistic look at how a voice assistant could work in the future, along with a flat screen TV that looks to be straight from the mid-2000s. The latter comes with stereo speakers on each side of the screen and cords concealed from view. Read more for the video and additional information.
The LG Rollable is just one of many devices with flexible displays being showcased at CES 20201, and TCL has two of their own. First up, we have an experimental device that can transform from 6.7-inch smartphone to a 7.8-inch tablet using just a simple tap of the finger, and the user interface automatically adjusts to the change change, although the teaser video doesn’t show how it does this. When you’re done using it, the smartphone apparently doubles as a mirror. Read more for the video and additional information.
Scientists from the Finnish Meteorological Institute envision a permanent “megasatellite settlement” orbiting Ceres, which is a large asteroid and dwarf planet in the asteroid belt located between Mars and Jupiter. When completed, it could not only function as a human habitat, but as a base for further exploration of the cosmos. Materials would be sourced directly from Ceres itself from mining operations, while its abundance of nitrogen may eventually lead to the creation of an Earth-like atmosphere. Read more for two videos and additional information.