The Five Best Things We Saw at CES
The one big truth about the Consumer Electronic Show is to no attendee gets to see everything in the convention. Sprawled across several convention centers and hotels on the Las Vegas Strip, CES is a sensory overload of gadgets and high-tech trinkets that is purportedly here to disrupt something. But in reality, a vast majority of gadgets shown here never make it beyond their booth.
Trudging through the garbage (as documented by the Twitter account Internet of Shit) reveals that there are some hidden gems that will actually hit the consumer market and perhaps even make a difference in people’s lives. Here are several gadgets we saw that caught our eyes.
Quell Wearable Pain Relief
When I first saw Quell in action, I thought of my mom. Working as a waitress in Korean barbecue restaurants for 15 years, she endured the wear and tear of the job with painkillers and heating pads. But if Quell does the job it says it does, which is to stimulate the central nervous system into releasing natural opioids that relieve chronic pain, then it may be a game changer for people like my mom and the 100 million adults in the United States suffering from chronic pain. Perhaps tech is actually making the world a better place after all.
For all the potential, it has so far received mixed reviews by Amazon customers, which is a bit disconcerting. The main complaint is that the device deteriorated in quality over time, a common hiccup for any first-version device. And NeuroMetrix, Quell’s parent company, just got its newest model approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
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