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Get a sneak peek at the hottest gadgets coming to CES

Avast Blog, 15 November 2019

The annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas isn't until January, but you can get a glimpse now at a robot dog and digital nurse

If you like to follow what’s new in tech, you know that the Consumer Electronics Show held each January in Las Vegas is where the latest gadgets, smart devices, handhelds, and AR/VR tech make their debut. But before Vegas, media and analysts are given a sneak peek at the most exciting of this year’s products at CES Unveiled in New York.

Cybersecurity today must figure out how to address the vulnerabilities of all the latest “smart” devices, and The Avast Blog was lucky enough to be there and see the smart home products that will be the talk of Vegas next year. Here are a few of the most notable:

pria

Digital health assistant Pria checks in on you so you don’t forget to check in on yourself. Like a Big Hero 6 without the marshmallowy body, Pria lives in your home and helps you keep track of medication regimens by dispensing medications according to your programmed schedule. Pria asked me about my water intake, my mood, and my exercise goals for the day before promising to dispense me a green Skittle as “medicine.” For people with chronic health conditions, complex medication schedules or limited mobility, Pria offers reminders, relevant information, and a smiling digital face.

While the Pria is offered by well-known consumer brand Black & Decker, it’s always important to think about the information that a device like this can collect and what can be done with that information. We looked at Pria’s privacy policy and noted that they reserve the right to share information with third parties. The guidelines seem broad and are difficult enough to understand that we weren’t sure what kinds of permissions we were giving away. Black & Decker is also not necessarily a health-care brand, so we can’t be sure how well they understand how to handle health data. 

Myx

The health trend didn’t stop there. Myx Fitness combines a stationary bike, floor exercise equipment, and video trainer with a focus on positive psychology. It’s like Noom and Peleton had a baby. 

aiboSony delivered its second litter of Aibo, a voice-controlled companion that will follow you around, run, sit, fetch, and scan your family member’s faces and learn their preferences using AI. At a price tag of nearly $3,000 US, it might not be for everyone. A real dog might be less expensive (and a better snuggler).

bmmpr

Remember The Club? LoJack? Well LoJack is getting disrupted by Bmmpr – a little device that plugs into your car and lets you keep track of your ride. It can tell you if your car has been tapped, hit, moved, or otherwise messed with. 

CES Best of Innovation Honoree Avast Omni

Consumers are not the only ones interested in new gadgets. Cyber criminals are eyeing your smart devices as well – which is why Avast was at CES Unveiled. Chosen as a CES Best of Innovation Honoree, Avast Omni addresses the growing problem of protecting your family from threats on the internet – on any smart device.

For all the problems technology can help solve and the ways in which it entertains and educates us and our families, those devices that we connect to our homes and carry in our pockets are also connected to all the threats of the internet. Avast’s Vice President of Product Delivery Leena Elias was on hand to demonstrate how Omni protects your home IoT devices, mobile devices, and computers. “You can’t do this one device at a time,” she said. “You have to look at a network solution.”

Come to Las Vegas January7-10 for CES and see Omni in action. We’ll be at the Living in Digital Times Event at the Sands Convention Center Booth #44564 demonstrating the great things Omni can do