And just like that, the Consumer Electronics Show for 2018 is a wrap.
This year’s CES, hosted by the Consumer Technology Association, saw the introduction of Toyota’s ambitious modular self-driving car, a $16,000 robot that uses artificial intelligence to sort and fold laundry, Kolher’s smart toilet, as well as the return of Sony’s Aibo robot dog.
There were a number of Boston tech companies that made their own reveals, from Coravin’s new wine preservation system and Kopin’s home theater headset, to Root Robotics’ robot for teaching kids to code and SimpliSafe’s redesigned security system.
Here are highlights from what Boston tech companies announced at CES:
Burlington-based Coravin introduced a new wine preservation product called the Coravin Model Eleven that can open and reseal a bottle of wine without pulling the cork. The device, which retails at $999, is Bluetooth-enabled and allows users to monitor gas usage, cleaning and battery life through a companion app.
Humon, a startup born out of MIT, unveiled the Humon Hex, a wearable for athletes that measures muscle oxygen levels, which the company says is the best way to measure body exertion. The company said the Hex is the “first clinically validated wearable to use optical sensors to noninvasively monitor the oxygen levels in the muscle.”
Boston-based Jibo revealed a new app for its eponymous social robot, which launched last fall for $899 after years of delays. The company said the new Jibo Commander App allows users to create customized dialogue for the robot and control where Jibo looks and how he moves. Jibo said the app is “one of many new skills slated for release over the next several months.”
Kopin, a Westborough-based maker of wearable headsets, made a few announcements at CES. First, it revealed The Eagle, a home theater headset that “promises the equivalent of an 80-inch screen,” Engadget reported. The company also unveiled a set of augmented reality glasses for cyclists and runners called the SOLOS Smart Glasses, which gives athletes a heads-up display on various metrics, including speed and heart rate.
Nuance Communications, a Burlington-based voice computing company, revealed that its Dragon Drive connected-car software platform is powering Toyota’s new Concept-I vehicle, which was on display at CES. The platform uses conversational artificial intelligence to power Concept-i’s automotive assistant, which allows for voice-controlled restaurant and point of interest search, navigation and integration with Yelp and other services, among other things. The company said Dragon Drive is used in more than 200 million cars on the road today, including vehicles made by Audi, BMW, Ford and Hyundai.
Openbay, which provides a price comparison service for auto repair shops, announced that it has partnered with Tantalum Corporation to integrate Openbay’s car repair shop marketplace into the company’s connected car platform. The integration will allow cars with Tantalum’s platform to automatically send notifications to owners when the car is due for service and provide a list of nearby repair shops, which will include pricing information.
Root Robotics, a Harvard-born startup, showed off the final shopping model of its Root robot, which aims to teach children to code through Spirograph-style drawings, TechCrunch reported. The company, which raised nearly $400,000 on Kickstarter to launch Root, aims to ship the robot at some point in this year’s second quarter for a pre-order price of $199.
SimpliSafe revealed a full redesign of its home security system, which will eventually include a video doorbell, a smart lock and an outdoor camera that will become available later this year. The company said the system’s base station, siren and keypad can still try to send an alert to the authorities even if an intruder tries to bash them in, TechCrunch reported. The entry-level system costs $229, and the subscription price for around-the-clock monitoring is $15 a month.
Starry, which recently announced expansion plans for its wireless broadband service, revealed at CES that it has partnered with semiconductor company Marvell to accelerate 5G wireless deployments, TechRepublic reported. For Starry’s part, the company said it will provide its integrated circuit, smart antenna technology for the development of 5G wireless deployments.
Vesper, an Amazon-backed startup that makes low-power, durable microphones, revealed that its microphone technology will power Amazon Alexa Voice modules made by Linkplay Technology, one of Amazon’s largest system integrators for the voice service. The module from Linkplay is aimed at helping manufacturers integrated Amazon Alexa into their products.
Correction and clarification: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that the SimpliSafe home security system’s starting price is $299. It is actually $229. The article has also been updated to clarify that the system’s video doorbell, a smart lock and an outdoor camera will not be available until sometime later this year.