COVID-19 is still everywhere. It’s not yet gone so we need to protect ourselves from the harmful virus that can be transmitted to us.
Thought leaders and game changers at CES 2021 know about the importance of keeping our environment safe and clean, and that is why many of the innovators at the annual tech event unveiled some of the new devices that can help us in our fight against the coronavirus.
Aside from masks, gadgets, and such, big and startup company are bringing in this year the best and intelligent products that can keep us safe from COVID-19.
Touchless video doorbell
One such company, Alarm.com, created a Touchless Video Doorbell to cut down on transmission of bacteria and viruses that we otherwise often leave on places we touch. How does this work?
The Touchless Video Doorbell will ring as soon as you stand on the mat in front of the camera. Alarm.com that uses video analytics to ring itself whenever it sees someone standing on your mat. Nice!
Robots with UV light
There are robots that radiate ultraviolet light to disinfect high-touch, high-traffic areas in a corporate office, retail store or restaurant. There are sensors that stick to your body to detect flulike symptoms with near-hospital-grade accuracy.
For larger spaces, the LG CLOi autonomous robot in development by the electronics company will use UV-C light to disinfect high-traffic, high-touch areas. LG envisions the robot being used in commercial spaces such as corporate, retail, and restaurants. It’s scheduled to launch soon.
MaskFone with built-in microphone
How many times do you experience having a conversation on your phone and the other person seems to not be hearing the words that come out from you clearly? Well, it does happen.
CES 2021 unveils a mask that has a built-in microphone so you can still take a call and be easily heard when you keep your mask on. It is called MaskFone. “The MaskFone is a daily essential that protects you and anyone you cross paths with from harmful bacteria, viruses and pollution,” says its maker.
Smart mask with sensor
Using a regular mask already helps us fight the virus but oftentimes, we overuse them. Wearing them without knowing if we should be changing the filter could be hit-and-miss.
AirPop Active+, a smart mask that comes with a sensor that tracks your breathing and mixes it with local air quality data to identify when you need to replace your filter. AirPop, the company behind the mask, said its masks will be offered this month for $150 – or roughly at around PhP7,209.
Smart mask with built-in UV lights
Another product, Amazfit, built a transparent-disinfecting mask that claims to clean its filters with built-in UV lights within 10 minutes.
LG PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier
Meanwhile, LG Electronics is working on a PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier, which has two filters that capture up to 99.95% of viruses, bacteria, and allergens from entering the respiratory system. The smart mask, which has a rechargeable battery for 2 to 8 hours of wear, also adjusts its two fans to the user’s breathing.
Robots and masks built with UV light as a disinfectant. There are refrigerators too, which use UV light to disinfect your water as it’s being dispensed.
That’s the idea behind LG’s line of InstaView refrigerators, which — as their name suggests — have a semi-transparent glass window on the door that lights up when you knock twice on the glass. And the new models being announced during CES got a couple COVID-19 upgrades.
Aside from the UV light sanitizer, the fridge also has a microphone and speaker now, so you can say “open the fridge door,” and it’ll do just that.
Project Hazel smart mask
Video game company Razer is developing its own smart mask, too. The clear mask, which offers N95 medical-grade respirator protection, lets others see your face and internal lights illuminate you when its dark. A voice amplifier lets others hear you and exterior lights provide flair – creating more than 16 million colors.
“The Project Hazel smart mask concept is intended to be functional, yet comfortable and useful for interacting with the world, while maintaining a sociable aesthetic,” said Razer co-founder and CEO Min-Liang Tan in announcing the project.
Razer has working prototypes but is not certain when its smart mask will come to market.
Kohler smart toilet that flushes itself with the wave of a hand
Kohler built a toilet that flushes with the wave of a hand. This if goes public, would be game changer in public restrooms where many people use the same toilet every single day. The Kohler smart toilet will be available in March.
Smart backpack and UV-C LED Disinfection Lamp
Mobile computing device maker Targus revealed two products aimed at keeping germs off your devices. Its latest backpack features an “antimicrobial infused protective finish on key touchpoints to prevent the growth of microorganisms.” 2Office Antimicrobial Backpack features a protective antimicrobial infused finish on key contact points to prevent the growth of microorganisms on the backpack.
The company also unveiled a UV-C LED Disinfection Lamp that will automatically emit UV-C lighting for five minutes every hour to disinfect your office space. The UV-C LED disinfection lamp kills up to 99.9% of viruses and bacteria that might sneak onto a keyboard.