Walton EMC’s annual look at the latest electronic products meant to make life better
For gadget geeks, the Consumer Electronics Show is the highlight of the year. Though the 2021 event was a scaled-down digital version of itself, there were plenty of new things to check out. Here are a few products from this year’s show that we thought might interest Walton EMC’s customer-owners.
The MaskFone is a practical solution for anyone who must take calls while wearing a mask. The $50 fabric mask is equipped with an N95 filter, a built-in microphone and attached earbuds.
Home Office Microphone
If you’re working from home, you’ve likely discovered that your laptop’s mic picks up every sound in the room. The $99 Shure MV5C Home Office Microphone zeros in on the user’s voice and downplays environmental noise. It plugs right in to your Mac or Windows laptop or desktop and can be used with or without headphones.
Typewise Custom Keyboard
If you suffer from “fat fingers,” typing on a mobile phone can be an exercise in frustration. Typewise is a third-party keyboard app for iOS and Android devices that makes it easier to access most keys. Download the free basic version from Apple's App Store or Google Play.
Tired of trying to read on your smartphone’s small screen? The LG Rollable has a resizable screen that extends from a phone into a small tablet display. Details on the new tech are scant, but Tom’s Guide provides a nice overview. LG is promising the rollable phone technology will be commercially available later this year.
Smart Sump Pump Monitor
TThe Flo by Moen Smart Sump Pump Monitor is the latest addition to the company’s smart water security system. It reduces the risk of flooding by constantly monitoring a sump pump's water levels, performance, power loss, humidity, temperature and WiFi status for any abnormalities. If it detects a leak, a notification is sent via the Moen app, text, email, phone call or an audible alarm. The monitor will be available later this year with an estimated price of $179.
Standalone Security Sensor
This cellular sensor has no range limitations for monitoring valuable property and assets out of the reach of an existing home security system. Marketed by Alarm.com for $130, the Flex IO is battery-powered, weatherproofed for outdoor durability and can operate anywhere there is 4G LTE coverage — no panel, hub or even WiFi required.
Paired with an app, the Philips Sonicare Prestige 9900 uses built-in sensors to help you improve brushing habits. This $400 smart electric toothbrush lands in stores in April.
Moisture-infusing, Oscillating Hair Dryer
The 2021 version of Panasonic’s Nanoe Oscillating Hair Dryer uses the company’s patented technology that draws moisture from your steamy bathroom to prevent the damaging effects of heat styling. The new feature is an oscillating nozzle that helps dry hair faster. It’s listed on Amazon now for $150.
Smart Sound Machine
The Hatch Rest Mini uses soothing sounds to block out unwanted noise that can wake a sleeping baby. The small device pairs with an app for remote control, and the timer can be set to play sounds for minutes or hours. Buy it for $40 at hatch.com.
The Cradlewise Smart Crib uses a built-in video monitor and artificial intelligence to learn your baby's sleeping patterns. If it senses your baby is waking up early, it starts bouncing and playing music to put the baby back to sleep. The crib can be used from birth to 24 months. The company is accepting preorders now for the $1,500 cribs that begin shipping in June.
Mobile Companion Robot
Those who have been struggling with caring for elderly loved ones during the pandemic might not blink at the $6,000 asking price for the CareClever Cuti. Its mobility sets this 4-foot, 40-pound robot apart from other companion models. It can move to the user when there’s a phone call or when it’s summoned for help. In addition, Cutii allows remote patient monitoring through tele-health consultations. To help seniors stay active, the robot connects to daily virtual activities such as cooking or yoga classes, museum tours and quizzes developed by CareClever. Already in homes in Pennsylvania and Connecticut, the Cutii will be available nationwide later this year.
The ceiling-mounted Nobi lamp uses sensors and artificial intelligence to help independent senior citizens live more safely. It can detect falls and, when needed, call for help. Expected late this year, a Nobi system will start at a whopping $2,499 with a $19 monthly subscription thereafter.