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CES 2017: Top 5 tech products you didn't know you needed

By Liesl Nielsen  |  Posted Jan 7th, 2017 @ 6:09pm


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LAS VEGAS — From drones to smart fridges (yes, that’s a thing now), there’s something for everyone at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show.

It’s easy to get caught up in the amazing technology that ranges from the incredible to the life-altering.

Companies come from across the world to present at the annual show, which this year began Thursday and will last until Sunday.

KSL strolled through myriad booths showcasing every type of tech imaginable (and some unimaginable), looking for this year's most unusual finds.

Here are five pieces of tech KSL found at this year’s show that you didn't know you needed:

Sanbot powered by Qihan: The Sanbot is arguably the coolest of the quirky tech. The Sanbot platform plans to release cloud-enabled robotics and artificial intelligence that will aid in everything from education to healthcare.

The Sanbot robot is an intelligent, humanoid service robot developed by Qihan Technology. Once connected to the cloud, Sanbot will be adaptable to the user and can be controlled through personalized hand movements.

“What this means is that we’re fundamentally redefining how we interact with our technology,” said Yonan Zhao, Sanbot’s exhibitor at the Consumer Electronic Show.

Sanbot can sense touch, understand speech and interact with humans by utilizing tons of data with a statistical model and patterns of human speech. It can also project video, stream calls and facilitate FaceTime.

The Chinese-based company will be expanding Sanbot soon to the U.S. markets.

Touchscreen Car Control Center by Royole: The Royole touch screen control center for vehicles gives drivers a large control panel in the center of their car with a computer screen available. The driver can instantly access their tunes, calls and even has a button to go to Facebook (though caution should be exercised. Do you really need to be accessing Facebook while driving?). This product has not yet been released to the general public.

Hawaiian Honey Cones by Hokkaido Ice Cream: Why there was an ice cream display in the middle of the largest tech conference in the world is still a mystery, but the product is innovative and surely involved some sort of tech to create. And no one was complaining it was there.

The Hawaiian Honey Cone by Hokkaido Ice Cream capitalizes on the idea that the last bite of the ice cream cone is always the best, each morsel a mouthful of both cone and ice cream. They’ve taken that bite and turned it 12 inches long. The honey cone is filled with ice cream and curved upwards so the customer does not spill. The cones were sold for $8 at CES.

Precision Remote Bait Drop by Power Ray: If you thought fishing couldn't be improved on, think again. The Precision Remote Bait Drop by Power Ray allows you to fish with astonishing accuracy and is turning the outdoor sport into what they are calling a "virtual reality game."

Attach the precision remote on the end of your line and watch what’s happening down below with the camera that streams a live feed to your phone. Hook the phone to your fishing rod and you can guide your line towards the fish. An integrated luring light will also draw the fish towards you.

“Recreational fishing is one of the lifestyle areas that has not seen major technology breakthroughs,” said Wally Zheng, CEO of Powervision Technology Group. “By introducing Power Ray, Powervision is completely changing the way we have been fishing in the past 7,000 years.”

Global pre-orders will open on February 27, 2017 and the price will be announced at that point.

LaserBand 41 Hair Growth Device by HairMax: The LaserBand is a device that claims to restore hair growth by strengthening the hair follicles. The user should wear it three minutes a day, three times a week.

There are 41 medical grade lasers attached to the band that emit light energy to stimulate hair follicles at a cellular level to promote hair growth, reverse thinning and restore the hair’s natural growth cycle to help grow fuller hair.

The LaserBand 41 is a smaller, thinner and less-expensive version of HairMax’s LaserBand 82, which was released in May. The products seek to solve hereditary hair loss. The product can be purchased for $499 (on sale) at HairMax.com.

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