CES 2013: Useful, Standout Gadgets

By: Rich DeMuro
Jan. 11, 2013

CES 2013 is where you’ll find gadgets both useful and random. And, with nearly 2 million square feet of tech, it’s hard to stand out.

But here’s what caught our attention.

Load up HP’s Pocket Playlist WiFi Drive with music, movies and photos, then wirelessly share with up to five devices.

“If you have three kids in the car all three of them can watch something different on their own on their tablet or smartphone,” said a HP representative.

Users can even queue up Hulu and Netflix videos to watch later. Pocket Playlist will start at $129 for the 32 gb model.

Watching TV in bed is now comfy thanks to Brookstone’s new Sleep Oasis speaker pillow. This standard sized pillow features two speakers with a 3.5mm aux input so you can plug in your iPod, CD players, etc. The Sleep Oasis is $50.

If you’re looking for a way to power all your devices, Nectar offers an interesting solution. It’s a  fuel cell power supply that provides, “two week of power [without] an outlet…” said Mouli Ramni of Nectar.

And Hipkey keeps you connected to your phone, your kids, and more.

Select one of four modes–Alarm Mode, Safe Zone, Child Mode or Motion Mode–and you’ll be alerted when the device gets too far from you, said Danny van der Poel of parent company Hippih.

The Olympus Tough TG-830 is a camera that lives up to its name.

“It’s waterproof, shockproof, crushproof you can drop it down do anything you want,” said an Olympus representative. “It’s not going to get hurt.”

That also true of Tech 21’s new smartphone impact shield.

“It’s going to have the same absorption level you’ll find from bullet proof glass,” said Tech 21 representative, Giles Tongue.

Never lose track of your luggage with Tracdot.

“Before you even get off the plane you’ll know if the bag is with you,” said Harry steck of Globaltrac. “It’ll text you it’s location… no more waiting at the carousel now for 45 minutes to find out your bag isn’t coming.”

Finally, we’ve heard a lot about Ultra HD TVs but there’s not a lot of content that’s compatible just yet. Solution: make your own!

You can do just that with the GoPro Hero3 Black edition. The  $400 camera can shoot video at 4K at 15 frames per second.

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