In its nearly 50 years of existence, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) has debuted dozens of electronics products now ubiquitous in American homes, including HDTV, the Xbox and Blu-ray. The VCR was introduced to the world here in 1970, followed by the camcorder and CD player in 1981. Held in Las Vegas every January, the enormous trade show draws eyes from across the world. Which of the thousands of products and gadgets exhibited today will be in millions of homes by next year?
This year, the show’s key word seems to be “smart.” Some of the coolest products on display are items that track, respond and react to various inputs.
In line with recent trends for wearable health-monitoring systems, TempTraq, from Ohio-based Blue Spark Technologies, is a thermometer parents can use to track their children’s temperatures without waking them up. The soft, flexible patch “continuously senses, records, and sends alerts of a child’s temperature to your mobile device.” Powered by Blue Spark’s flexible battery technology, the Bluetooth thermometer will alert caregivers when a temperature spikes. TempTraq is already available online, with a suggested price of $19.99. Not having to rouse a sick, tired child to pop a thermometer in his or her mouth or armpit will certainly be a boon to parents everywhere.