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The best of CES 2023: electric skates, pet tech and bird AI


By ADRIANA MORGA, HALLELUYA HADERO and KARA RUBINSKI

January 4, 2023 GMT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Tech companies of all sizes are showing off theirs the latest products at CESformerly known as the Consumer Electronics show.

It’s the show back to normal after going fully virtual in 2021 and seeing a significant drop in attendance in 2022 due to the pandemic.

Exhibitors range from big names including Sony and LG to small startups. You might see the next big thing or something that will never make it past the prototype stage.

On Tuesday night, the show kicked off with media previews from just some of the 3,000 companies signed up to attend. CES officially opens on Thursday.

Here are some highlights:

POKEMON BUT MAKE IT BIRDS

Bird Buddy showed off a smart bird feeder that takes snapshots of feathered friends as they fly in for treats. The startup says its AI technology can recognize more than 1,000 types of birds, allowing users to share via a mobile app what kind of birds they are feeding.

“We’re trying to kind of gamify the collection so that it’s a really fun game that you can play — almost like a real Pokémon Go with real animals and wildlife in your backyard,” said Kyle Buzzard, the company’s co-founder and chief hardware officer.

The product has already generated some interest from consumers who want to show the world what birds are coming to their yards.

The company, which launched as a Kickstarter project in 2020, says it began shipping its bird feeders in September and has already sold all 100,000 in its inventory. The price for a basic feeder is $199.

ELECTRIC SKATES

Journalists had fun touring the showroom on remote-controlled electric scooters from French startup AtmosGear.

The battery lasts 20 miles (32 kilometers), said founder Mohamed Soliman, who hopes people will see them as a viable way to travel, like electric bikes or scooters.

“My goal is to get everyone skating again because it’s so much fun, every time you see people skating, you see them with a big smile,” Soliman said.

The waist bag holds the battery and cables connected to the skates. They can also be used as regular skates when they need to be loaded or skaters just want to travel at their own pace.

$500 worth of skates are available for pre-order. The company has taken orders for 150 pairs so far and is aiming for 200 orders to start production.

DIGITAL TEMPORARY TATTOOS

A handheld device presented by the South Korean company Prinker allows you to quickly and easily apply temporary tattoos.

The device uses cosmetic-grade ink with a library of thousands of designs or the option to make your own with the company’s app. After choosing a tattoo, you simply wave the device where you want to place it. The tattoos are waterproof but can be washed with soap.

The flagship model is $279 and the smaller model is $229. Ink cartridges good for 1,000 tattoos are $119.

HELP FIND YOUR WAY

Japan-based Loovic has created a device designed to solve the challenges of those who have difficulty navigating while walking.

The device, worn around the neck, uses sounds and vibrations to guide users to destinations, allowing them to see what’s around them instead of focusing on the phone’s map app.

Loovic co-founder and CEO Toru Yamanaka said he was inspired to create the device for his son, who has a cognitive disability that makes it difficult for him to navigate.

The prototype device is not yet available to the public.

FITNESS TRACKER FOR YOUR DOG

If you’re wondering what your dog is up to while you’re not at home, French startup Invoxia has a product for you. The company’s smart dog collar monitors your pet’s activity and sleep by sending the data to your phone.

The latest version unveiled at CES, which has a GPS tracker, includes more advanced heart health monitoring.

The collar costs $149 in the US, while an $8.25 monthly subscription for the app tracks the data and shares it with your vet.

META UNIVERSE FOR KIDS

The creators of Roybi, an educational AI robot that helps children learn about STEM subjects and new languages, are venturing into the metaverse.

RoybiVerse is expected to offer stations where K-12 and higher education students can learn about a wide range of educational topics.

Users walking around RoybiVerse will be able to visit an area where they will learn about dinosaurs or go to the virtual library where they can choose a book and read it.

Expected to launch by mid-2023, RoybiVerse will be available in a virtual reality headset and on a website. No robot required.

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