Wearable Tech Isn’t Just for Humans

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Wearable technology has quickly gone from the pie in the sky, to an everyday essential accessory. In fact, we’re pretty sure we see more people with Fitbits than without. Now wearable technology is even available for dogs – and no we aren’t referring to the radio-tracking collars that have been around for decades. The latest doggy gadgets can be accessed through web browsers and smartphone apps.

Typically attached to the collar, new wearables use GPS and satellite technology to figure out the whereabouts of your pup, and WiFi to monitor your pet’s health. There’s even a camera that you can attach to your furry friend’s collar that takes a photo every 30 minutes for up to 30 hours! Great way to know your dog’s level of naughtiness. Word on the street is there is even going to be a headset that reads your dog’s inner emotions by monitoring brain signals (although we think this might be taking things a tad far). So, will you invest in some wearable technology for your pooch? Visit Seattle Times for more deets.

 

Calling All Geeks

This past weekend in Las Vegas, NV the International CES (Consumer Electronics Show) tradeshow took place. Your inner geek is going to freak out when you see some of the things that were shown.

Life Improvement: Wearable technology is all the rage right now and there was no shortage of evidence of this at the tradeshow. In fact, there were over 500 different wearable products being displayed on the floor. There were a lot of overlapping products, but there were also a ton that decided to go a more niche route. An example of this is a children’s wristband that is a tracker and activity monitor all in one. You can set boundaries, so if your child leaves the playground you’ll get notified right away.

For the Kitchen: In the near future, your kitchen surfaces will be able to tell which ingredients in your fridge are about to spoil and then it will tell you what to make for dinner. Crazy, right? Apparently kitchen surfaces will be touchscreens that integrate video conferencing, texts, and alerts from social media feeds. In the future, you can put your pot anywhere on the surface and it will detect it and begin heating it up. It will also be able to detect the ingredients you have and recommend recipes. Lets say the recipe you want to try calls for ingredients you don’t have, it will update your shopping list so you won’t forget it next time you go to the store.

3D Printing: In the 3D printing world you can now print yourself a lounger chair. Who knew life was going to get so easy? You can also create table accessories to 3D print at home for parties, family dinners, or just for fun.

Laundry Lifesaver: Many laundry rooms don’t have a sink, which can be an unnecessary nuisance. There’s now a washing machine with built in sink: for washing delicates or doing any pre-treatment to those wine-stained clothes of yours.  It also has its own water jet, which can be poured into the machine to drain when you’re finished.

Garden Lovers: There are going to be plant pots that have Bluetooth and can tell when your plants are thirsty and water them for you. How does that work? The pot will have sensors that read the level of fertilization, temperature, and the level of moisture in the soil and notify you when your plant needs water.

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