Aspen Times Weekly: High-tech gear check
Drones, wearable tech, self-driving cars, and virtual-reality headsets were on display last week in Las Vegas, where the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) raged with 150,000 attendees. It’s among the world’s biggest product extravaganzas, and this includes gear for health, fitness and the outdoors. Here’s a look at five items from CES that caught my eye.
Tracking Drone: Remote-control flying vehicles (often called drones) have flooded the market. The AirDog is hoping to become your dedicated robo-videographer with a function that tracks a person’s movement via a wireless link. Attach your camera and the company says internal sensors keep the drone focused and filming you while also automatically avoiding obstacles as it flies.
Bionic Ear: Dubbed the first wireless “smart in-ear headphones,” the Bragi Dash have 4GB of storage inside the tiny body of the earbud, letting you save hundreds of songs. But that is just the start: These tiny tech wonders include fitness tracker gauges and measure your biometrics to provide feedback on your performance with audio cues as you exercise.
‘Hidden Camera’ Bike Light: Attach this light with a tiny embedded camera to your bike’s handlebars and the Fly12 records all that happens as you ride. The unit has a 200-lumen light and a camera that captures 1080p video for up to five hours before the battery runs dry. Use it to record your ride or as a safety backup in case of an incident on the road.
Robo Asana: “The next best thing to having your own personal yoga instructor.” That’s a tag line with the SmartMat, a sensor-equipped mat that syncs with a phone app. It can sense where your feet and hands are and provide tips with voice commands on how to pose, and what move to make next through a guided yoga session.
Paste-On Monitor: Fitlinxx Ampstrips are stick-on “wearable” tech that you put on your torso. They read your heartbeat and other biometrics then sync with a phone to offer anatomical data as you bike, run or workout. The adhesive monitor, a silicon-impregnated patch, is waterproof and can be worn for days.
Stephen Regenold writes about outdoors gear at http://www.gearjunkie.com.