CES, the massive tech trade show in Las Vegas, turns 50 this year. This year, the event attracted more than 3,800 exhibitors, 20% of which didn’t even exist three years ago, and more than 165,000 attendees, including “more media than the Olympics,” according to Shawn DuBravac, chief economist for the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), the organization that hosts the international event.
Here are a few interesting tech gadgets on display at CES 2017.
Wair: Another startup from the land of brioche and berets, Wair has developed a line of stylish anti-pollution scarves that incorporate an air-filtration mask and a sensor to let you know when you need to use the mask. A version of the scarf without the sensor is expected to be available this spring. Wair’s Active range, which includes the sensor, should be available by 2018.
Dring: Nov’in, yet another French startup, created a smart walking stick, which incorporates motion sensors and GPS technology. AI algorithms process data collected from the cane, helping to detect unusual situations like falls or reduced activity. The cane can send alerts to a caregiver, and the user can also call for help from a button on the walking stick.
E-skin: This smart shirt from Xenoma uses printed circuit fabric to capture body movement through 14 sensors. The shirt has applications for gaming, healthcare, fitness and more, according to representatives from the company. When the computing hub is removed from the chest, the shirt is machine washable.
Nemonic: This little cube from Mangoslab prints out custom sticky notes in seconds, using thermal printing technology, instead of ink or toner. Users can jot down ideas, reminders or doodles on the connected app and store them on the cloud or print them out.
Spartan boxer-briefs: This French startup cheekily promises to “save humanity” with radiation-blocking boxer-briefs, made of cotton and silver fibers. The metal fibers are essentially a Faraday cage for the family jewels, blocking 99% of radiation from cellphones and WiFi devices, according to Spartan. As an added bonus, the boxer-briefs are odor-resistant, thanks to silver’s antimicrobial properties.