Pretty sure I found the Holy Grail here at the Consumer Electronics Show. Didn’t have to walk all 27 football fields of exhibits either, even though I will by Friday when the show closes. Rejuv looks like a lipstick, complete with gold accent band and textured case. This cleverly designed marriage saver is a feather-lite, rapid external battery charger that works with all Smartphones and extends up to 10 and one-half hours of talk time.
Instead of toting a power stick or brick like external battery, this 3000mAh capacity charger will easily slip into a purse. It comes with a mini USB and Micro USB sync cable and includes a built-in LED beacon flashlight.
The company also makes a more robust battery charger for tablets and smartphones that looks like a compact case complete with lighted mirror inside.
Too Much Big Bang Theory
Fans of the Big Bang Theory will remember an episode where Raj and Howard order expensive custom made Star Trek dolls in their likenesses. Here’s your chance to have such a doll without spending a fortune and I can see this go over big at corporate events or as a money maker for charity.
The 3DMe Photobooth captures your face instantly, then on a tablet size screen, lets you spin your likeness in 3D and select from over 50 different figurines using your new 3D portrait. The image is transmitted to a 3D printer and model generation takes place. Right now the cost is about $70 per figurine. The Photobooth and printers are part of a much larger collection of 3D printers being introduced at CES, with some of the prosumer machines breaking below the $1,000 mark for the first time.
I was impressed with the detail in the face of each figurine. This image to the left is very life like. The Photobooth will be commercially available the 2nd half of the year.
Another corporate event winner is Polaroid. At a time when the camera industry has all but disappeared thanks to smartphones, the people who made instant photography a hit for 50 years are back. They are promoting new versions of the instant print camera and a van that will show up at your event to take pictures and put them in commemorative frames. Polaroid has a Mobile Print Shop van stationed in Florida – visit www.PolaroidFotobar.com/MPS
Move Over FitBit
A fair number of legacy players here have jumped on the fitness bandwagon and are offering those lightweight, water resistant arm bands that track your steps, your sleep, and even monitor heart rates. Garmin has a real winner with Vivofit, their newly released answer to the FitBit. Garmin says it automatically greets users with personalized daily goals, tracks that progress, and then enhances exercise regimens over time.
It does not include a GPS.
This unit only has to be recharged once a year, has one of the larger, better readout displays and transmits wirelessly to smartphones or PCs. It will work with Apple and Android platforms.
And if you like listening to music while running, working out even swimming, Blue Ant unleashes fully waterproof, completely wireless sportsbuds that allow for eight hours of continuous use with up to 100 feet range. Offered in a variety of color, the Pump HD Sportbuds include a half dozen different size ear tips that will fit no matter your ear size.
Wearable devices are one of the big themes of this year’s innovations. Keep in mind that while you may be seeing news reports online, not all products get to market, and most won’t hit stores until early summer.