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OH, FOR TECH’S SAKE! WILD AND WEIRDIFA INNOVATIONS

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01 IROBOT TERRA

For those of us who have lawns that need mowing, the iRobot Terra is to grass what the Roomba series is to floors. Basically, an intelligent, appcontrolled lawn mower that will mow your lawn for you. It uses Imprint Smart Mapping to learn the layout of your backyard, avoiding obstacles and cutting in back-and-forth lines so you get a nice, neat lawn literally at a touch. A handy app on your phone lets you set schedule and grass height so everything’s nice and precise. All I need now is a lawn chair to recline in, a fully stocked DrinkShift fridge, and a lawn so I can relax in while my iRobot Terra mows my chores away. Who needs kids.

02 SEGWAY DRIFT W1

We know of Segways and we know Heelys, those annoying skate-shoes designed to cripple young children. Well, someone at Segway decided to put the two together giving birth to the Drift W1. Segway calls them e-skates, and they’re basically what you’d get if you split a Segway in two and put one each foot. In fairness, they do seem a bit more manoeuvrable than your usual Segway, and at just a featherlight 3.5kg each, they are quite a bit lighter than even the smallest Segway, and most personal mobility devices, so there might be something there after all.

03 MUFFIN SMARTPHONE HEATING CASE

Smartphone cases are nothing new. There are smartphone cases that extend battery life; smartphone cases with compartments; smartphone cases with accessories such as built-in stands and grips; rugged ourdoors smartphone cases. But a smartphone case that keeps your phone running at freezing temperatures? Now that’s something unique. The oddly named “Muffin” case incorporates a high-tech silicon heater with a lithium ion battery that’s app-controlled. It’s also able to communicate via Bluetooth 4.2, thus allowing you to control heating via app. Of course, the lithium ion battery is also able to charge your phone, so whether you’re in cold weather or not, your phone will keep going. And all this while we've been thingking that heat wasn't good for smartphones, or batteries for that matter.

04 VESA DISPLAY HDR 1400

This one isn’t really much of an innovation rather than just making things… more. Just in case their DisplayHDR 1000 certified monitors won’t bright enough, VESA announced a new DisplayHDR 1400 standard at the show. Said to target professional content creators that may require a dynamic contrast ratio that is 3.5x greater than that of DisplayHDR 1000. And they apparently have been asking for a 40 per cent increase in luminance and a 2.5x reduction in black level. Hence, DisplayHDR 1400. All that means is one eye-searingly bright monitor. Come to think of it, it’s just like overclocking brightness, isn’t it?

05 XPG 4D PRINTED MOUSE

By now, we’ve become accustomed to the notion of “3D mice” – mice with an extra joystick or two – but what about a 4D one? Well, that’s what XPG was displaying at the show, and it’s certainly revolutionary. For starters, the mouse is custom printed to your hand size, shape, and grip type. It’s also made using a new lattice design and 3D printed with a nylon-based thermoplastic called PA12 so it’s lightweight and flexible. Case in point: squeezing the mouse can actually trigger a customizable reaction. It’s currently set to activate sniper mode, as XPG figures squeezing the mouse will lock your wrist and forearm, giving you more control.

06 HISENSE SONIC SCREEN LASER TV

What do you get when you combine a large screen TV, a short-throw laser projector, and a sound system into one device? The Hisense Sonic Screen Laser TV. When you break down the components, the name suddenly sounds much less impressive. What it claims to do is that it has sound coming directly from the screen, using what Hisense calls a Distributed-Mode Loudspeaker vibrating in a complex pattern over the entire surface. It guarantees consistent output levels and undistorted time response in all directions, so your sound will definitely be in perfect sync with the image.

07 DRINKSHIFT SMART FRIDGE

If like Homer, your cause and solution to all of life’s problems is a nice cold beer, then this next one’s for you. DrinkShift has just unveiled a smart refrigerator designed exclusively for beer. How so? Well, it holds 13 bottles of beer and a glass for starters. Sensors within help it to also keep track of your drinking pattern, letting it schedule deliveries to suit your pace so you’ll never run dry. You can select beers from various brands via the app, so you can literally have all your favourite beers at hand. Now of course, beer is just a beverage, and the concept should technically work for anything. Stock with milk; fancy onboard AI analyses of your milk-drinking pattern; automatically order more milk. But no. DrinkShift is for beer. How dare you suggest anything less.

08 ACER PREDATOR THRONOS AIR

wanted a gaming rig like the ones in Ready Player One, then the Acer Predator just be it. It comes with three monitor mounts, an adjustable keyboard and deployable footrest, and also a cable management system. And you can add like a cup holder, a headset holder, a USB hub, and a camera too. This type gaming chair-system isn’t exactly new. We’ve tried the Emperor chair back in part of the Thronos Air is that it actually has massage motors built into it, so get a massage while you game. All you need is a cool US$13,999.

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