Everything is getting smarter and more efficient this year, including your baby’s bottles, your plants, your feet and, fingers crossed, the way you drive your car.
That’s the message at CES in Las Vegas in 2015, where tech start-ups are debuting a mix of concepts and prototypes, while major brands like Mercedes are sharing their vision for the future.
And, unsurprisingly, the driving force behind almost every big idea this year is how companies will keep users even more connected than they already are. Find out how they plan to do that:
13 weirdly amazing gadgets unveiled at this year’s CES
XYZPrinting's 3D Food PrinterXYZPrinting’s 3D food printer could bring the product from novelty to reality. It costs less than $2000, and prints out dough-based foods that can be baked into pastries and more. XYZPrinting
XYZPrinting's 3D Food PrinterHere's the printer in action, printing chocolate onto a piece of bread. CP
Mercedes F 015This is just a prototype, but Mercedes Benz is laying claim to its vision for the future: driverless cars that are connected to a whole slew of technology. And what's more, the car is actually a living space, since the interior is very spacious and the driver and passenger seats swivel to face inward. Mercedes Benz
Sleep Number IQ BedsThis bed has everything. Like other smart beds or sleep apps, the IQ Kids Bed will monitor breathing, sleeping and heart rate without anyone needing to wear an accessory. And the best part for parents? It will alert you when your kid has gotten out of bed in the middle of the night. Sleep Number
RollkersThese aren't your ordinary roller skates. They are electric roller skates, with a battery life of one full hour. Rollker, the manufacturer, has been finessing these skates for over eight years, and it hopes to have them on the market really soon.CP
Axxess CE Air2That hovering thing? It's a bluetooth speaker that is literally floating above its base. Why? Probably because it is a great conversation starter and fun at parties. CP
BeeWi LightsBeeWi's smart lights change colour, turn on and off, and dim. Sure, but that could be any light? Well, these lights are all operated via bluetooth, from wherever you are. CP
LG 4K UHDTVLG released its first quantum dot television at CES. The television, named 4K, offers better colour accuracy, higher colour saturation and higher peak brightness. LG
IO HawkMaybe you don't need this, but you need to know about it. It's basically a next-gen Segway, but reduced in size and much less obnoxious. And it barely makes a sound, so it sounds like you're hovering.CP
Samsung VRSamsung showed off 'Milk VR,' the company's virtual reality app that currently only works with the Note 4. Currently there are only 10 compatible videos, but Samsung has invested a lot of money into its VR Gear, so expect more to come. CP
Slow Control's Baby GlglSlow Control, the company that brought you the smart fork, released a smart baby bottle. It's called Baby Glgl and it will tell you how quickly and how regularly your child is drinking from its bottle. CP
Parrot's Flower Power Smart PotParrot makes drones, but now it makes smart potted plants. The Flower Power pot will remember to water your plants when you can't. And while the product is definitely very free-thinking, you can still control it from your phone. CP
smart-toothbrushesThe Vigilant Rainbow smart toothbrush is for kids, and comes with an app game to promote healthy teeth-cleaning habits. From Vigilant: "Imagine an interactive phone/tablet game that models great toothbrushing behavior to your child. The Rainbow toothbrush knows its location inside of the mouth and tells the brusher, via the app, which teeth still need attention." Kind of creepy.
LG "Mega-Capacity" LPXS34886CYou aren't seeing double. These door-in-door fridges are huge for LG, and they're getting bigger. At CES, LG released a "Mega-Capacity" version, valued at more than $6,000. The technology allows the owner to get into the fridge for regularly used items without letting cool air out. Who doesn't need more fridge space?LG