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From the TV that rolls up like a newspaper to the fridge that warns you when you’re running out of milk, CES in Las Vegas is the birthplace of some of the world’s most weird and wonderful gadgets.

The annual technology show attracts more than 150,000 people, and draws companies and products from around the world to showcase their latest creations.

This year looks to be no exception, with a hairbrush that monitors the quality of your hair, a scarf that senses air pollution, and a bed that adjusts your position to stop you snoring among the products featured at the show.

Here are some of the most eye-catching products we’ve seen so far:

Connected Hairbrush

The result of a collaboration between hair care giant Kerastase, tech giant Withings and L’Oreal’s Research and Innovation Technology Incubator, the Hair Coach claims to be the world’s first smart hairbrush.

It uses a range of sensors to spot hair damage and offer feedback to users on how to better protect their hair, including changes to brushing technique.

Anti-Pollution Scarf

Aimed at cyclists, the Wair anti-pollution scarf with a built-in filtration mask that claims to protect the wearer from the main toxic components of air pollution in the city.

The scarf continuously measures the quality of ambient air and sends a notification to the wearer’s smartphone when they enter a polluted area, prompting them to use the scarf to cover their nose and mouth.

Vibrating Shorts

The Spinali Design shorts contain two vibrating sensors on the belt, which connect to the wearer’s smartphone via Bluetooth and help them to navigate through urban environments by buzzing when they need to turn right or left.

The shorts also buzz to let the wearer know if they have an incoming text or call, removing the need to keep checking their smartphone.

Smart Cane

Created by French company Dring, this smart cane for the elderly is designed to learn the user’s habits and detect any unusual activity, such as falling over.

It can then automatically alert carers and family, without any action from the user, and share their location over text or email.

Smart Bed

The Sleep Number 360 smart bed is designed to keep you comfortable by sensing your movements and automatically adjusting your position to keep you sleeping blissfully.

It works even when there are two people in the bed, can warm your feet to help you fall asleep faster, and even raise you head to stop snoring.

Virtual Reality Shoes

Developed by Japanese firm Cerevo, the Taclim VR shoes allow you to use your feet to interact with what you see in virtual reality.

The shoes give haptic feedback and vibrations to the wearer to give them a sense of walking on the virtual surfaces they see in front of them.


Another extension to a virtual reality headset, the Hypersuit is a wearable simulator from French firm THEORY that gives the wearer the impression they have wings or can fly like a superhero.

Intended for entertainment and gaming purposes, users lie on a movable exoskeleton platform and use their arms to control the direction of “flight”, while a fan blows in their face to complete the illusion.

Levitating Speaker

LG’s PJ9 speaker works using powerful electromagnets housed inside the accompanying “Levitation Station,” which keep the speaker suspended for up to 10 hours at a time.

When the battery begins to run low, the speaker automatically descends to the Levitation Station and begins to charge wirelessly with no intervention from the listener and no interruption in the music.

Hair-Growth Helmet


The iGrow hair growth system from Apira Science is a helmet that blasts your scalp with a combination of red lasers and LEDs, in an attempt to stimulate hair growth.

The company claims that the lasers energise and stimulate activity within the hair growing cell walls, resulting in a return to the normal function of the hair follicles.

Fridge Camera

The Smarter Fridge Cam is a small remote camera that sits inside your fridge and takes a snapshot of the contents every time you close the door, which you can view on your smartphone.

The Fridge Cam is also able to scan and identify bar codes on food, track expiry dates and notify users when food needs to be eaten or thrown away.

Robot with Personality

Described as a “robot with personality”, Olly is a smart home hub that uses machine learning to evolve as you speak to it each day.

The device is also able to learn and identify different members of a family and tailor itself to each of them and their likely commands.

Sophie is Technology and Science Editor at Mirror Online, covering the often uncomfortable relationship between man and machine, and the inevitable rise of our robot overlords.

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