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Smarter FridgeCam helps to prevent spoiled and wasted food @ CES 2023



Smarter FridgeCam prevent food wasteNo one likes to find spoiled food in the fridge, especially when you are expecting to prepare a meal. Food waste these days is not something that should happen, especially for families with several children, as the price of groceries seems to be increasing on a daily basis. However, it can be a challenge to remember when you bought certain items, and certain to know how long each item lasts. This is where the Smarter FridgeCam and Smarter FoodCam come in.

What is Smarter FridgeCam?

The Smarter FridgeCam is a camera that goes either on the fridge door or the door shelf. It takes pictures every time you open or close the fridge door. Using those photos, FridgeCam will tell you what’s in there and if it needs to be tossed.

The camera then pairs with the app that works with deep learning algorithms that detect what is there and when
it was added. Using that information, the system can determine the freshness of each item and whether or not it’s time to use it up or throw it away. This is great for managing easily spoiled items, such as yogurt and milk, but also veggies that get lost in the back of the fridge.

What is Smarter FoodCam?

The FoodCam is a smart item that goes in your cupboards to help keep track of non-perishable food items. The camera is the smaller sibling to the FridgeCam, but is designed to go into your cupboards, rather than the refrigerator. Because of the warmer environment, the camera uses a smaller battery, since rechargeable batteries lose power in cold environments.

The camera adds to your kitchen management, allowing you to keep track of items such as soups, bread, cereals, and more. These can often be the forgotten parts of our kitchens since they are more hidden away from us than even the items in the fridge. People try to use them well past their expiration date because they simply don’t know when they bought them or when they go bad.

How can you use the data?

One of the connected aspects of the system is Kitchen Sync. This feature allows you to connect various inputs, including the data from your cameras, but also smart speakers, like Alexa. In addition to knowing when it’s time to buy milk because of the expiration date, you can also enter data using Alexa, saying, “Alexa, I need milk” and she will add it to your shopping list.

This feature is great for when you are going to be using more than usual, such as around the holidays. It’s also helpful if you’re about to get into baking, where you would need more eggs, milk, etc.

In addition, the system integrates with Chefling, which Smarter recently acquired. Chefling is an app that helps you find and execute recipes. When integrated with Smarter and KitchenSync, it helps you to use up your food by suggesting recipes with what’s available so your food doesn’t spoil and go to waste.

Summary

It will be available for pre-order soon. The cost is $99.00 for the FridgeCam and $69.00 for the FoodCam. For more information go to the company’s website.

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STM Goods makes traveling in style and security a snap @ CES 2023



STM Goods Simple Travel SuppliesFor the regular traveler, trying to find the right travel supplies can be a priority. Limiting the number of items, and finding the right travel bag is important. Luckily, STM Goods (short for Smarter Than Most) makes a line of bags and accessories for any traveler.

STM Goods’ bags and backpacks

STM makes a line of backpacks and bags for any traveler and outdoorsman. The bags allow you to carry your gear safely and securely while giving you easy access to your stuff. Whether you are backpacking in the great outdoors or fighting your way through the boardroom, STMbags have you covered.

STM Goods Dux bags

We got a close look at the Dux line of backpacks and bags. The backpack line comes in two sizes: 30 liters and 16 liters, so there is an option no matter how much you’re carrying, while the messenger bag comes in 16 liters. For the avid traveler, all three sizes are able to fit under the seat on a plane, or of course overhead, so it is a great travel companion.

Our favorite feature of the bags was the ability to access your gear from several angles. If you’ve got your bag on the ground, you can access all of the contents from the top or back, giving you access to everything in the bag. However, if you’ve got the bag on your back or over your shoulder, you can access the items through smaller zippered openings on the sides.

For example, this is a great feature for photographers and videographers. Imagine holding a digital SLR in one hand, with the strap around your neck. On your back, you’ve got your STM Goods Dux backpack. You want to transition from closeup photos to long-distance photos, so it’s time to swap lenses. Without having to put down the camera or the backpack, you can open the side pouch exposing only the lens you need access to. You can remove the lens, swap them on the camera, and put the first one back in the bag.

The 30-liter backpack is available for $250. The 16-liter backpack is available for $230. The 16-liter messenger bag is available for $250. All three bags are available in 4 color options.

STM Goods’ mobile accessories

In addition to a full lineup of bags, STM Goods also makes mobile accessories to enhance your travel experience. From phone rings and holders to stands and selfie sticks, the product line really has a lot of options.

ChargeTree Go

If you’re deep in the Apple mobile ecosystem, you’ve got a lot of devices to charge while traveling. This can mean bringing 3 chargers, plus probably a power strip to plug them all in. The ChargeTree Go, however, combines all of the normal charge points into a single device.

On the front is a Qi charger for your iPhone. On the side is a pop-out charging surface for an Apple Watch. On the back is a platform for AirPods. Using the one device, you can charge all three. The best part is that you can flatten the device so that it fits easily into your bag without getting damaged. The ChargeTree Go is available now for $120.

MagSafe

The MagSafe line offers a number of products that connect to an iPhone using the magnetic connector on the back of the phone. The MagLoop is a small ring that connects to the phone and gives you an easy way to hold the device, especially on long uses. It can also be flipped down to be used as a stand. It’s more flexible than other phone holders because it is removable without ruining the product. The MagLoop is available in 2 colors for $30.

The MagPod is a magnetic tripod stand that can hold your iPhone in nearly any position. This is because the ball joint on the head, which gives a nearly 180-degree range of motion. The legs on the stand can also be pulled in to turn it into a short selfie stick. The MagPod is available in two colors for $50.

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ADT pairs the power of Google Nest and monitored security @ CES 2023



ADT Smart Home SecurityHome security is a top focus for a lot of people. The problem is that creating a safe and secure home can be challenging. You can buy pre-fabbed kits with connected sensors, but you end up locked into their ecosystem, but you’re required to monitor and respond to the alerts yourself. The other option is to go with an installed and monitored system, but you’re usually locked into their proprietary hardware, so if you ever want to change, you’re pretty much out of luck. Luckily, ADT has found an excellent middle-ground for consumers.

Who is ADT?

ADT is one of the biggest names in monitored home security. The company helps people to protect their homes without having to worry about installation, monitoring, or managing a home security system. The biggest advantage of one of the company’s systems is that emergency response is 8 times faster when managed by ADT as opposed to other competitors or even self-monitoring.

For those who are interested in their own installation, either for privacy reasons or a DIY spirit, ADT offers self-setup systems. Even if you install a system yourself, you had the ability to use the company’s monitoring services to improve peace of mind.

ADT’s connected home

In the spirit of self-installation and expanded options, ADT has begun offering connected home options. The company’s monitoring system can now be integrated with Google’s Nest product line. This means that Nest Cams, Nest Doorbells, Nest Thermostats, and even Nest Wi-Fi can be connected to ADT monitoring. In fact, you can use these connected devices while also having professional setup from the company’s installers.

One of the benefits of using consumer smart devices as part of your professional security setup is that you get all of the benefits of a smarthome while also getting all of the benefits of an ADT system. Using the Nest product line means that you can connect to your cameras, thermostat, and more while you are away. So, if someone rings your doorbell, you can see who is at the door even if you are on vacation. But, if there is a problem, an agent is able to respond and call the authorities if needed.

In addition, by using regular consumer hardware, you have the ability to make a change to your setup if needed. A change in life circumstances might mean you need to discontinue active monitoring. In that event, you are able to still access your Nest devices on your own and maintain security for your home on your own. This gives some flexibility in the hardware you have installed, as opposed to being stuck installing hardware that only works with the service provider that installed it. This gives owners more choices and reduces electronic waste in the event of a change.

Summary

ADT’s traditional security hardware and Google Nest integration are available for professional and self installation now. For more information about the company’s product and service offerings, you can head to their website or call (800) 750-0372.

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Apollo brings full automation to ADT’s commercial offerings @ CES 2023



ADT Commercial Apollo security robotIt seems like every day we hear about another industry that AI, robotics, and automation are coming to improve. Fast food service has gotten better with more automation in the kitchen. Manufacturing has been helped immensely by robotics and automation, making the jobs in factories safer and less physically intensive. However, one place that we didn’t expect to see robotics, at least not today, is security. However, ADT Commercial has a new robot security guard called Apollo.

What is Apollo?

Apollo is a humanoid robot that is intended to augment traditional security guards in an office, retail space, or any other commercial property. It is part of the company’s new EvoGuard initiative, which seeks to infuse high-tech capabilities into ADT’s commercial security offerings.

A large part of a human security guard’s job is to observe their surroundings and report on what they see. This can be done by walking the premises and looking for things that are out of place, or by sitting with a wall of screens watching an entire property at once. If something out of the ordinary is observed, the correct people are alerted. This could be another member of security, the property owner, or even the police.

Apollo is capable of doing all of this, without any of the restrictions of a person. The robot can travel around a property easily looking for changes in the environment, or even recognizable issues. Once an issue is recognized, it can report back to a security supervisor and a human can take over control of the robot to go and investigate further. If warranted, the agent can then notify someone on the grounds, the property owner, or the local police.

One of the interesting features of Apollo is the virtual reality option. Using a VR headset, the supervisor is able to essentially become the robot. They are able to see through the perspective of the robot and manipulate it as if they were there. This includes moving its hands, opening or closing doors, checking windows, etc. However, if the supervisor is unable or unwilling to use the VR experience, the entire thing can also be controlled from the system’s computer-based dashboard.

This is actually the reason why Apollo is humanoid. If the purpose was merely to observe and report, then it could have been designed to look like a trash can. However, because it is intended to be able to be used remotely to accomplish goals, the company let it was important to make it with a wider range of motion. But, since all of our environments are designed for humans, it was decided that Apollo should be humanoid, as well.

Summary

Apollo is currently in use through partnerships with three test partners. Using their feedback, the company and its design partner are able to make adjustments before it becomes available for a wider audience, hopefully during quarter 1 of 2023. To learn more about Apollo or ADT’s other commercial security offerings, you can check out their website.

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Achievement Unlocked: Hovergym replaced your gym membership @ CES 2023



LG Labs Hovergym home gymTrying to stay in shape can be a real challenge. If you know what you’re doing, you can have your own equipment. However, if you don’t know what you’re doing, you have to go to the gym and pay a membership fee, and possibly even a personal trainer. But, if you want to work out on your schedule at home and have the convenience of a trainer, LG has a new project called Hovergym.

What is Hovergym?

The Hovergym seems to be a useful and focused spin on Nintendo’s Wii Balance board. Similar in size to the balance board, this piece of equipment aims to be your all-in-one gym experience at home, completely guided and customized with their workout application. Hovergym combines the Hoverboard Hoverdisk with Hovergym’s patented Bionic Resistance Technology, creating a virtual reality fitness system that gamifies your workout. This device has a slim, pill-shaped design, that has enough surface for most people to stand on with their feet at shoulder width. There are two handles on the top surface, and those handles are what you will be using for the majority of your workouts.

The handles are attached with tension cables. These cables are designed to give what they are calling “time under tension” focused workouts. Most devices focused only focus on having tension one way, but the Hovergym gives you tension both ways, ensuring that you are evenly working muscles until you release the handles. These designers wanted to be sure that consumers would be able to customize their workouts as much as possible. There are many different workouts that you can do with the Hovergym, but you can opt to change out the two separate handles for a singular barbell to change things up.

On the subject of customizing your workout, the resistance weight can be easily adjusted via their integrated application. The weight can be adjusted to up to 220; but also, the application allows you to do things like set timers for each of your workouts or even set rep numbers for your sets. Also within the app, are instructional guides for your workouts. You can choose between various workout regimens, and it will give you a visual guide, a video of the workout, that shows you exactly how the maneuvers are supposed to be safely executed. As an added bonus, the screen can play a video of you, side-by-side with your virtual trainer, for more detailed coaching. You can even set challenges for yourself because we all know that goals are a key component for real progress.

Hoverdisk is the key component of Hovergym and it uses patented Bionic Resistance Technology. It uses an electromagnetic induction system that creates a virtual reality with real-time feedback on your performance. This is how information is shared to the application to track and grade your workouts, and how it learns what maneuvers you may be doing incorrectly in junction with your camera.

Summary

Right now, the Hovergym does not have a set date for release, but the estimated time of release is slated for an early 2024 timeframe. Similarly, the price tag for the Hovergym is also not currently determined. However, the current ballpark price is somewhere in the $1,500 range, according to Jacob. This seems like an easy buy for fitness gamers out there. With the ability to sync to your current device, keep track of your progress and set achievements for yourself, this can also appeal to tech-savvy fitness buffs as well. Stay tuned for more updates on the release dates and prices updates in the future.

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GE Profile Smart Mixer will make you a PRO in the kitchen @ CES 2023



GE Profile Smart MixerAnyone who has tried to do any baking or any kind of food preparation for that matter knows that it is a complicated process. Baking, especially, is a science, and everything has to be precise and well-timed or the results could be disastrous, costly, or even a mess. When Grandma was in the kitchen, she seemed like a professional, with all the skills and time to do what was needed to make a seemingly hard job look effortless. While our time today is much more limited, we are lucky that GE has released the GE Profile Smart Mixer to make our lives easier and time in the kitchen much more pleasant and productive.

About the GE Profile Smart Mixer

This mixer, the GE Profile Smart Mixer, would have your grandmother doing her favorite happy dance! It is intelligent, innovative, and foolproof for mistakes. Gone are the floppy meringues, or limp whipped cream, and the under-beaten batters because of the smart features this product has. You don’t have to stand there and watch the clock for the correct timing for the proper results.

Why choose the Smart Mixer?

One of the best features of this mixer is the automatic sensor. This smart feature tells the machine when the contents of the bowl have changed resistance, meaning it is getting close to the finished time. You simply have to download the smart app to any modern Android or iOS device, such as phones, tablets, etc. This feature is especially helpful if there are children demanding your attention and distracting you. It can also be of help if you are producing a large batch and need to work on more than one step at a time. It will bring out the inner baker or chef in you!

It is especially helpful that there are several attachments that come with it. There is a redesigned whisk that’s very effective, a spade for proper mixing, and a dough hook that will make getting through even the stickiest dough a breeze. It is all completely dishwasher-safe, except of course for the base itself! The unit features an easy lift and lock loading for these attachments, an improvement over the standard loading.

There is also an integrated scale for totally accurate measurements so there is no guessing or estimating. Another innovative feature is the guided recipes that interface with it to help you as you go along. This includes measuring and timing so that your results equal the results found in their kitchens. This takes away a lot of the stress that novice bakers feel when trying to produce professional results in their home kitchens, thereby helping them to become better chefs or bakers.

The GE Profile Smart Mixer is now available from Crate & Barrel and retails for $999. It’s important to note that, since the product went up for pre-order in December, interest has been high. This means you might have to wait for a couple of weeks before your order will be fulfilled. To learn more about the product you can head to the company’s website.

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AirCozy is a smart pillow that promotes healthy sleeping @ CES 2023



AirCozy smart pillowHealthy sleep can be a real challenge. For a lot of people, getting comfortable at night is nearly impossible. This is made even more problematic if you change positions throughout the night. Every time you move, your pillow is suddenly not supportive in the way you need it, especially if you do it while you are still asleep. Fortunately, there is a new pillow – AirCozy by DozzyCozy – that is designed to promote healthy sleeping no matter your position.

What is AirCozy?

AirCozy is a smart adjustable pillow that automatically adjusts its height to suit your sleeping position. It knows when you shift from your back to your side or vice versa, and dynamically adjusts itself so that it is always a comfortable distance from the mattress. Proper head position can improve breathing and reduce stress on your neck, back, and even heart.

AirCozy also has the added benefit of helping you get deep sleep more quickly by improving your body’s natural alignment while you sleep. It is designed to provide the perfect pillow height for back sleepers (a fist high) and side sleepers (half a shoulder width), making sure your head, neck, and spine are properly supported.

Not only can AirCozy help improve your sleep posture, but the pillow is also equipped with built-in speakers that can stream white noise, lullabies, and relaxing music to help you drift off faster. If you like to listen to your own music or even TV shows while you fall asleep, you can connect the speaker to your phone or tablet to prevent your sound from disturbing your partner. AirCozy even has an auto shut-off feature so your sleep isn’t disturbed by the sound of your music playing all night long.

In addition to improving sleep quality, AirCozy can also help with snoring. The pillow is designed to provide optimal neck support, and this can help reduce snoring. This pillow is the perfect choice for those who share a bed with a partner, as the product’s adjustable height allows both you and your partner to sleep comfortably while also reducing snoring volume.

Who is AirCozy for?

AirCozy is for anyone who wants a healthier, better night’s rest. It can help improve your sleep posture and reduce snoring while providing the perfect pillow height for back sleepers and side sleepers alike. It is also for people who find themselves with tingling, numbers, or back, neck, or shoulder pain in the morning.

Say goodbye to struggling with uncomfortable pillows and sleepless nights, AirCozy is here to help you get the best possible rest. The pillow can help reduce snoring and keep both you and your partner happy. Enjoy a deep and comfortable sleep every night with AirCozy from DozzyCozy. It is the perfect pillow for anyone who wants to improve their sleep posture, reduce snoring, and get the best night’s rest possible.

Summary

AirCozy has everything you need for the perfect night’s sleep – no matter your sleeping position. To learn more about AirCozy or any of the other sleep products from DozzyCozy, check out the company’s website.

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VoiceAI brings natural language speech to virtual voices @ CES 2023



VoiceAI natural language voice synthIn the last few years, artificial intelligence (AI) has become a major part of the tech industry. From rooting out inappropriate comments on social media to content creation, everything seems to be affected by AI – for better or worse. However, one of the spaces where AI is making a difference for a number of industries is text-to-speech capabilities. One company working to improve this technology is Acapela Group, which announced VoiceAI at CES 2023.

What is Acapela Group?

Acapela Group is a company specializing in voice technology. The company’s VoiceAI technology allows users to take written content and turn it into vocalized content. This can be anything from a script for a YouTube video or a reading of a news article. The content itself doesn’t matter – so long as it is readable, the system will turn it into voice using AI.

VoiceAI is intended for a wide audience of users. For example, the ability to listen to a news article on a website or through an app has become a regular experience. Those companies can choose to have an employee or contractor read and record the article, or run it through VoiceAI to get the audio. This is a great accessibility feature for those who struggle to see or read, or to add the ability to keep up with the news while driving.

Another use for VoiceAI could be voiceovers for online marketing videos. These types of short, guided videos have become popular online, but producing them can be an annoying process if you’re not a regular content creator. By using VoiceAI, you can avoid the process of having to record the voiceover and outsource it to technology.

Why use VoiceAI?

One of the important differentiators between VoiceAI and other text-to-speech platforms is the company’s focus on natural voice tones and inflections. You’ve likely heard other digital voices, including Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant. Those voices could never be confused for a real human, mostly because the inflection in the voices is far from natural.

VoiceAI takes the process of virtually reading content and makes it more natural. This is done by training the AI system off of real voices. A person reads certain scripts in a normal and natural way, teaching the system how inflections would be produced by a real person. This allows the voice output to sound more natural – in many cases indistinguishable from a real voice.

In addition, the company’s technology is available in over 30 languages. This means that, whether you need English, Czech, or even Japanese, you can use the VoiceAI technology in your project. This also means that you can use a singular system to localize your product, service, or content.

Summary

If you are looking for a way to integrate a large amount of vocal content into a project, VoiceAI by Acapela Group might be your best way in. With natural voice processing and an easy text-to-speech process, VoiceAI can be used by anyone.

To learn more about Acapela Group or VoiceAI, check out the company’s website.

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DeNova Detect is an essential natural gas detector @ CES 2023



DeNova Detect Natural Gas DetectorThese days, we have a lot of sensors in our homes. Nearly everyone has a fire alarm and a carbon monoxide alarm. In addition, we’ve got motion sensors, security cameras, smart speakers and thermostats with presence detection, and a lot more. But, one threat detection that appears to be missing for no known reason is natural gas detection. New Cosmos USA is looking to change this with the DeNova Detect natural gas detector.

What is DeNova Detect?

DeNova Detect is a natural gas detector that uses superior patented sensor technology to detect gas concentrations up to 11 minutes sooner than other technologies. The product line also features an advanced algorithm that ensures false alarms due to household chemicals and sprays are eliminated. The gas sensor is designed with minimal power consumption, allowing it to run on one battery for up to 10 years.

DeNova Detect also has a revolutionary design that allows it to be installed close to the ceiling where natural gas accumulates, eliminating the need for a potentially dangerous and unattractive cord. Finally, DeNova Detect is designed with a panic-reducing voice alert that instructs people in a simple way: “Danger – Gas leak explosion risk – evacuate, then call 911.”

Why do you need DeNova Detect?

Natural gas is a colorless, odorless gas (though processed gas has a light smell added for safety) that can be difficult to detect. In recent years, the number of natural gas leaks has increased significantly. These leaks can lead to physical issues for people and pets. But, at its worst, can lead to explosions.

The quantity of natural gas explosions has gone up significantly in recent years. While experts aren’t entirely sure why this is happening, the most likely cause is the aging infrastructure used to transfer the gas to our homes. As the system ages, leaks are bound to increase. On top of that, better construction processes might actually be trapping the leaking gas in homes in a way that previously might not have been the case.

DeNova Detect is specifically designed to detect natural gas and alert you of its presence so you can take the proper safety precautions. Without DeNova Detect, it would be nearly impossible to know when there is a potential gas leak in your home or business, especially if you are not at home or asleep. DeNova Detect provides a level of protection that is essential for any household.

Summary

What DeNova Detect provides is a valuable service that can help save lives and property in the event of a gas emergency. The product is an affordable solution for homeowners, renters, business owners and anyone else who could benefit from early detection of natural gas. DeNova Detect provides peace of mind and protection from the unexpected.

The DeNova Detect smart gas sensor will be available soon. To learn more about the company or the platform, or to sign up to be alerted when the product becomes available, head over to the product website.

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Lighthouse Tech aims to improve safety for visually impaired @ CES 2023



Lighthouse Tech Visual Impaired Smart GlassesOver the past decade, it seems that everything has become smart. From lightbulbs to refrigerators, to even glasses, everything is getting smarter. In some cases, the benefits have been obvious, such as being able to control lightbulbs without having to go to a particular place in the room or having special wiring. However, some items being smart have mostly been gimmicky, like glasses. That is until now – as Lighthouse Tech has a new take on the tech, making it a truly useful addition for many users.

What is Lighthouse Tech?

Lighthouse Tech is a company making smart glasses for a new demographic – those with visual impairment. In general, smart glasses have included pretty pedestrian features, such as Bluetooth speakers or cameras. On the other hand, we’ve seen products like Google Glass, which were both ahead of their time and surprisingly useless.

Lighthouse Tech has thrown out all of those ideas and totally changed directions. These glasses are not intended to make you look techy. Instead, the glasses themselves look entirely like normal glasses. These glasses, however, are designed to help improve the safety of wearers with visual impairments by giving alerts and information about hazards that other safety measures generally miss.

In particular, the glasses are intended to find items outside of the range of a walking stick. This includes, but is not limited to, low hanging tree branches, street signs, store signs, and more. Specifically, the glasses look for things that are hanging or physically separated from the base to which they are attached.

How does it work?

The Lighthouse Tech glasses are designed to protect the safety of their wearer. This is done using front-facing sensors. These sensors are able to detect obstacles within the path of the wearer, as well as the distance between the glasses and the obstacle.

The glasses are able to provide feedback to the wearer through vibration. This is an important detail because, if the glasses are to be used on the sidewalk on a bust street, audible feedback, including beeps and speech, would be difficult to hear. In addition, audible feedback would make the glasses more obvious for their intention, possibly making the wearer more self-conscious about wearing them. The design of the glasses, which are traditional and low profile, are intended to go the other way. Thus, audible feedback would undermine the concept.

To improve feedback, the company also offers a small, connected bracelet. This allows the wearer to move the feedback from the temples to the wrist. For many, the wrist is a more sensitive area of the body and can help improve the awareness of the safety alerts.

Summary

The Lighthouse Tech glasses are currently in active development. The company is searching for beta testers to give the tech a try and give feedback. Once beta testing has completed, the company will finalize the device and bring it to market. To learn more about the company and the product, or to sign up to be a beta tester, head over to the company’s website.

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