Best of CES 2023: Dog communication and a soothing pillow

Best of CES 2023: Dog communication and a soothing pillow
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LAS VEGAS (AP) – Technology companies are showing off their latest products at CES this weekformerly known as the Consumer Electronics Show.

The show officially opened on Thursday, with scores of investors, media and tech workers flocking to the cavernous Las Vegas venue. to see the latest technology from both large companies and startups.

Here are some highlights:


Have you ever wondered what your dog would say if he could talk to you?

FluentPet promises the next best thing—buttons you can train your pet to push if it’s hungry, needs to go outside, or wants to play, the company says.

The buttons are on a hexagonal shaped plastic mat, called a hexagon. Hexagons can be joined together to create a larger collection of buttons.

“We find that when dogs know they are understood because of the accuracy and specificity of the buttons, they complain less because they no longer care if they are saying what they really want,” said Leo Trottier, CEO of FluentPet.

At CES, the company announced a new app called FluentPet Connect that notifies owners when their dog presses a button and collects data on how the buttons are used.

Fluent Pet’s starter kit comes with a hex, speaker and six buttons for $159.95. The application does not require a subscription.


Canadian startup Gluxkind’s smart stroller is designed to make life easier for on-the-go parents.

The AI-powered stroller has a sensor that lets you know when you’ve picked up a fussy baby, and it will roll in front of you while you walk without touching it.

When the baby is in the stroller, you need to keep your hands on it, but the battery will help push it, making it easier to push uphill. It stops automatically when it is too far away from the person pushing it. It can also rock the baby back and forth.

The battery lasts about eight hours and takes two to four hours to charge.

“I looked at the stroller market and I was really surprised that we didn’t have anything that had some level of automation or motorization,” said Anne Hunger, who founded the company with her husband, Kevin Huang, after their daughter was born. in 2020.

The company is currently taking pre-orders for the stroller and hopes to start shipping them in July. Prices start at $3,300.

Soothing Pillow

Need a break? Japanese company Yukai Engineering says its robotic fufuly pillow can help users relax by mimicking the rhythm of breathing.

The soft, fluffy pillow slowly expands and contracts, vibrating as you hold it against your stomach. The idea is that as your breathing begins to synchronize with the movement of the pillow, you will breathe more slowly and deeply.

It was developed on the basis of research conducted at the University of Tokyo.

Shunsuke Aoki, CEO of Yukai, said the pillow could help remote workers who find it difficult to get off work.

The version on display at CES is a prototype. The company is looking for partners and hopes to start production this year.


Meet Dog-E, the exciting robodog.

Presented by toy maker WowWee, Dog-E has over a million possible light, sound and personality features.

Dog-E starts as a blank canvas and develops a personality as you build it.

Connected to the app, the toy has audio sensors to hear sounds, touch sensors on its sides and body, and a tail that you can program to display icons and messages that light up when you swing it.

WowWee’s Jessica Kalichman says it’s a good option for those who can’t commit to a real puppy or have allergies.

“I think for anyone who isn’t ready to own a dog yet, it’s a great test to take care of it, feed it, nurture it and really test it out for a family,” she said.

WowWee expects Dog-E to be in stores in September. It will sell for $79. To control the movements of the toy, the application does not require a subscription.


If you want a treadmill but don’t have a lot of space, WalkingPad offers a solution – a lightweight treadmill that can be folded in half when not in use and stored on the wall or under the bed.

The WalkingPad reaches a speed of 7.5 mph (12 km/h). It also includes a removable phone or tablet holder and tracks your workouts in a free app. Its creators envision it to help remote workers stay fit at home.

An early version of the WalkingPad went viral on TikTok as influencers added it to videos about their daily routines at home.

Walking Pad creator King Smith Fitness opened its first headquarters in Dallas in December.


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