Eight Remarkable Inventions Unveiled at This Year’s CES

From a smart grill to a bike that rides on water, these were the coolest—and strangest—gadgets at the Consumer Electronics Show

Rumor has it the Manta5 Hydrofoil Bike is extremely fun to ride. (Manta5)
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For more than half a century, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) has been the place for companies and inventors to display their newest and coolest gadgets and gear, and for investors and trend-spotters to take a gander at the technology of the future. Often, the most successful reveals will become part of our everyday lives.

Now-iconic items unveiled at past CES events include the VCR (1970), the camcorder (1981) and the Xbox (2001). Which inventions from this year’s CES, held this week in Las Vegas, will become as popular? Here are our picks for some of the most interesting, innovative, and simply smile-worthy entries.

The Smart Baby Monitor

For your data-optimized baby, Pampers has unveiled Lumi, a system of interconnected activity monitors, a camera and an app. A diaper-mounted monitor tells you when your baby’s wet or awake, while the nursery camera monitors not just the baby’s actions but also the room’s temperature and humidity. All the info is fed into an app, which generates charts about your baby’s habits and routines. Which, as any parent knows, will surely change the moment you’ve figured them out!

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