Tuesday, June 25, 2024

CES 2013: The 21st-century connected family

TheDigitalLife_VINCIWith moms constantly on the go and kids demanding more than ever online (be it at home or in the classroom), families are facing more of a challenge to stay caught up with living in a digital home.

Apps, gadgets, and “smart” technology for the family are largely in focus at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, NV, this year.

Baby wireless monitoring is a technology being elaborated on this year for new moms, with gadgets like the Vtech Safe & Sound being unveiled.  This state-of-the-art baby-monitoring device comes with a built in high-resolution digital camera, two-way intercom, and improved digital transmission so you get the clearest view and communication with your toddler.

More affordable tablet computers will be on market this year.  The VINCI is a tablet computer built just for children between the ages of one and nine.  The VINCI Tab MV is designed for young children, allowing kids to communicate, stay entertained, and play games appropriate for their age group.  The device runs on your home Wi-Fi network.

When it comes to simplifying your everyday tasks around the home, “smart” appliances are set to go mainstream in 2013.  Appliances on the market for around the house like your fridge, washer, and dryer will be connected to Wi-Fi.  Consumers will be able to download an app on their smartphone, and notifications can be pushed to let you know when your laundry is done, or even when your child leaves the refrigerator door open.

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Robots are coming to a playroom near you.  LEGO announced the Mindstorms EV3, to come out in the second-half of 2013, allowing your child to build the toy, integrate motors with built in IR sensors to allow them to move around, and connect them to an app on your smartphone—perfect for stimulating the minds of your tech savvy kids.

What connected technology do you want to see in your home this year?  Share them in the comments below.

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Winston Sih
Winston Sih
Winston is currently a freelance technology and travel broadcast journalist, consultant, and is the creator and founder of Master Travellr—Canada’s destination for travel news, guides, and budget recommendations.


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