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Best of CES 2023: Electric Skates, Pet Tech, and Bird AI

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By ADRIANA MORGA, HALELUYA HADERO and CARA RUBINSKY

January 4, 2023 GMT

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

The show is returning to normal after going fully virtual in 2021 and seeing a significant drop in attendance in 2022 because of 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 of just a few of the 3,000 companies signed up to participate. CES officially opens Thursday.

Here are some highlights:

POKEMON BUT MAKE BIRDS

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

“We’ve tried to gamify the collection so that it’s a really fun game that you can play – almost like a real-life Pokémon Go, with real animals and wildlife in your backyard,” said Kyle Buzzard, co-founder and director of hardware at the company. .

The product has already piqued the interest of consumers who want to show the world which birds are entering their backyards.

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

ELECTRIC SKATES

Journalists had fun zipping around the exhibition hall on remote-controlled electric skates 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 get around, like electric bikes or scooters.

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

A waist bag contains the battery and cables connected to the skates. They can also be used as regular skates when they need charging or skaters simply want to travel on their own.

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

TEMPORARY DIGITAL TATTOOS

A handheld device showcased by South Korean company Prinker lets you apply temporary tattoos quickly and easily.

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, just wave your device where you want to apply it. Tattoos are waterproof, but wash with soap.

The flagship model costs $279 and a smaller model costs $229. Ink cartridges good for 1,000 tattoos cost $119.

HELPING YOU FIND YOUR PATH

Japan-based Loovic has created a device designed to solve the challenges of those who find it difficult to navigate while walking.

The neck-worn device employs sound and vibrations to guide users to destinations, allowing them to see their surroundings rather than 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 impairment that makes navigating difficult.

The prototype of the device is not yet available to the public.

A FITNESS TRACKER FOR YOUR DOG

If you’re wondering what your dog is doing while you’re not home, French startup Invoxia has a product for you. The company’s smart collar monitors your pet’s activity and sleep, 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 to the app tracks data and shares it with your veterinarian.

METAVERSE FOR KIDS

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

RoybiVerse is expected to offer stations where primary and secondary 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 walk to the virtual library where they can choose a book and read it.

RoybiVerse, expected to launch in mid-2023, will be available on virtual reality headsets and on a website. No robot needed.

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