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CES 2015

Three surprising—and unexpected—gadgets

Some product hopefuls at CES 2015 use digital tech in imaginative ways

Published: January 09, 2015 05:00 PM
A 3D printer from XYZ Printing lets you print out cookies and chocolate designs.

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In my four days at CES 2015, I expected to see lots of laptops, tons of tablets, and many, many TVs. And I wasn't disappointed. But there were also some things I did not expect to come across at the show. Here's a sampling.

A printer that prints food

Hungry? Print yourself a cookie with XYZ Printing's 3D printer. (XYZ is the manufacturer of the popular DaVinci 3D printer line.) Import your own design (snowman? flower?) into the printer, and it prints out raw dough. Pop the dough in the oven, and you've got a cookie. You can also print designs made of chocolate. The printer isn't available yet, but when it is, a spokesperson said, it will be priced at "less than $2,000." That's a costly cookie.

A baby monitor that sings lullabies

This baby monitor does everything but change diapers. D-Link's HD Pan & Tilt Wi-Fi Baby Camera can, as the name says, pan and tilt to give you a wider view of baby's room, communicating with your mobile device. It has night vision, a motion sensor, and even a heat sensor that lets you know if your child's room gets too cold or too hot. It also has two-way audio so you can not only hear what's going on, but also speak to the baby. Five pre-recorded lullabies let you soothe your little one to sleep. If you'd rather lull baby to dreamland on your own, or read Junior a bed-time story, no problem—there's a memory-card slot that lets you play your own recordings. The company website lists the price as $230.

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Light bulbs that play music and more

Smart lighting has been around for a while. But a series of LED light bulbs from Sengled do a lot more than shed light. The Pulse and Pulse Solo have wireless speakers built in. They range in price from $60 to $170. Another, called Boost, acts as a Wi-Fi repeater to boost your signal strength. It lists at $50. The newest addition to the line is the Snap, a bulb with security features such as a camera and a microphone to enable you to monitor your home remotely. Pricing and availability haven't been announced.

—Donna Tapellini

 

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