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Best of CES 2013: Awesome

Giant televisions and impressive cameras are great and everything, but it’s not why your intrepid CES Awesome correspondents got into the tech journalism game. No, we were lured away from all those other, sensible career paths by an obsession with the intersection of science and gadgetry. We like pretending we live in a science fiction movie, and nowhere on the planet provides as many opportunities for that feeling as CES. Here are a few of the things that blew our minds while also harnessing our brainwaves to move cursors across screens.

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Lego Mindstorms EV3

Remember when you used to play with Legos and think, man, it would be so cool if this robot that I just made was actually a robot? With their new Mindstorms EV3, they are. And, yes, this means that while you think your kids are happily snapping away with a cool new toy that teaches them some basic computer programming skills, what they’re actually doing is building a herd of dinosaur robot monsters to completely take over your house.
Here’s more on the Lego Mindstorms EV3.
Lego Mindstorms EV3 Spik3r spider scorpion


Many companies are hopping onto the 3D printing trend, but Leonar3Do is one of the few that addressed how to create items to 3D print in the first place. With its latest software and tools, anyone can learn to sculpt, model, and create designs that talk to 3D printers, without learning a single programming code. Basically, if you know how to use a pen, you can make an iPhone case and manufacture it yourself.
Read on to learn about the Leonar3Do virtual modeling tool.

Qi Wireless

It’s 2013. Why do we still need to carry five different wires every time we go on a business trip? With the Qi Wireless technology, cellphones, computers, and tablets will soon sport energy conductive coils that will charge power into the device without ever hooking up a cord. Simply place the items on a charging pad and watch as the battery level go from red to green. This is the kind of gear we can definitely embrace and set as the new standard of mobile technology.
Here’s the full coverage on Qi Wireless.
Qi Wireless charging music dock

Sifteo Cubes

The proliferation of gaming devices and platforms is great, but it inadvertently distracts from the original mission of games in the first place: bring people together to have fun with each other. Sifteo Cubes bring the interactivity back by allowing multiple people to play together on a modular gaming system – all while taking up very little physical space or gobbling up your hard drive. They’re also great for kids to hone their logic and puzzle skills.

Continue here for more on Sifteo Cubes.



One of the best and worst parts of CES is that there’s too much to see. Between the various conference halls, keynotes, ballrooms, and show floors, the event is bursting at the seams with all the new electronics and gadgets that we’ll see in the near future (and some we won’t).

Enter, Displair. Hidden in the depths of the Venetian, it’s a touch display made of nothing but mist — and guess what, it’s not just a concept! The Russian startup plans to bring the Displair to market later this year for the incredibly affordable price of $12,000. Too steep? You’re in luck: You can rent it for $1,000 a day.

We know, for that price, if you’re considering the Displair you’re probably a prince living in Dubai. WIth your own island. With five islands. And a pet tiger. Anyway, the point is, you can play Fruit Ninja on mist-made touch display and nothing else matters.

Read more about Displair.


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Make ice in the woods, heat your tent, and scoop poop with EcoFlow’s CES 2023 gadgets
The EcoFlow Glacier cooler has two compartments and an integrated icemaker.

It’s been a banner year for portable power stations – cinderblock-sized batteries that can power anything from a mini fridge to a microwave when the power goes out, or when you’re camping with friends you want to annoy. EcoFlow was an early pioneer in that space, and now that its batteries are everywhere, it’s been working on some applications for all that power in the great outdoors. At CES 2023, the company debuted a cooler, air conditioner, and robotic lawnmower.

To call the Glacier a “cooler” might be a bit of a misnomer – it comes with an integrated 250 watt-hour battery that keeps the contents cool sans ice, no external battery needed. Not only does it not need ice, but it makes it. EcoFlow claims the integrated icemaker can whip up a batch of cubes in 12 minutes flat. Like the Furrion Rova we saw at CES 2019, cold space is divided into two compartments: one to keep things cold, one to keep things frozen. And since there’s a battery built right in, you can even charge gadgets from it.

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The GE Profile Smart Mixer might be the smartest small appliance of CES 2023
The GE Profile Smart Mixer with Auto Sense on a kitchen counter.

Smart home appliances are out in force at CES 2023, but few seem to be as intelligent as the GE Profile Smart Mixer with Auto Sense. Designed to make the mixing process as simple as possible, the sleek gadget uses a built-in scale, viscosity measurements, and voice controls to streamline your time in the kitchen. It was also named a CES Innovations Awards Honoree in the Home Appliance category.

The built-in scale is the feature that expert and amateur bakers will most appreciate, as it allows you to add ingredients directly to the mixer without dirtying another bowl. Once you’ve added your ingredients, you can snap on any number of mixing attachments via a simple, one-touch system that allows for fast connections.

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Adorable smart home robot unveiled at CES 2023 could be a great addition to your family
A child playing with the EBO X.

Every January, CES brings us a laundry list of innovative, intriguing products that’ll probably never see the light of day. Enabot, an under-the-radar robot company, seems to be bucking that trend at CES 2023, with its impressive EBO X smart home robot offering up dozens of futuristic features and a release date planned for the second quarter of this year.

EBO X is an adorable smart home robot that serves multiple purposes in your household. After mapping its surroundings, the self-balancing, two-wheeled companion can follow you around your home, provide two-way communication through its 4K camera, pump out music via its Harman speakers, sync with other Alexa devices, and provide security alerts while you’re away.

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