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CES 2016: Gadgets to keep your home clean and safe

This year’s devices at the Consumer Electronics Show are ready to do your housework for you.

While wading through the over 20,000 products from more than 3,600 exhibitors at the CES 2016 in Las Vegas, this year, it’s difficult not to notice the number of gadgets that are focused on taking care of people while they’re at home.

With gadgets to wash your windows to devices that will tell you if you have bad breath, you’re ready for anything.

CES 2016 has broken all its previous records by filling a massive total of 2.4 million square feet of exhibit space. While Las Vegas certainly isn’t new to massive crowds and tremendous events, this one certainly is taking the cake. The range of products that can be used around the house by the average person is enough to simply astound.

Check out some of the more interesting offerings being demoed at CES 2016 to improve our lives.

  • CES 2016 SoundBrakeSoundBrake – this little device makes sure you’ll be able to hear important sounds going on around you even if you’re wearing headphones. If someone knocks at your door or starts talking to you, you won’t miss it because of the technology within a small silver cube that plugs into your smartphone, tablet, or even iPod, while music is playing. It hasn’t hit the market yet, but its demo was certainly drawing considerable attention.
  • DEEBOT – this gadget from ECOVACS mops, dries, dusts and vacuums surfaces with enough sophistication that it can get into some of the smallest nooks and crannies throughout the house. Already available, it currently retails for $499.
  • CES 2016 FAMIBOT by ECOVACSFAMIBOT– this “robotic housekeeper”, also from ECOVACS is part home entertainment and part home security, with a smoke sensor and an infrared motion sensor. It is also designed to function as an air purifier. It has been created to turn the entire house into a Smart Home through this one security robot.
  • Breathometer Mint – this “wireless oral health monitor” not only detects blood alcohol levels, as is the case in the other models of the device, but it can also detect dehydration and let you know if you have coffee breath.

This is only the very tip of the iceberg at CES 2016 but it certainly implies that life at home will soon look quite different than it does today as the technology is already here.

CES 2016: Skreens transforms your television into a media station

The company’s newest product, the Skreen Plus 4 provides a platform for all mobile devices on one screen.

At CES 2016, it’s not easy to stand out from among the thousands of products and gadgets, but Skreens managed to offer an incredible demo to differentiate itself from the rest of the exhibitors.

The company’s Skreen Plus 4 provides four HDMI input ports and one output to connect all devices to one screen.

The story behind Skreens began with a successful Kickstarter campaign in which it raised more than $470,000 in funding for itself. The result was an awesome demonstration for a product that offers a platform for viewing feed from all your various devices on your television screen. It may sound like a bit of a chaotic mess but its design offers users the ability to organize the display windows to best suit them.

In this way, Skreens can be used to toggle among all devices to give each full screen viewing as desired.

Skreens - Skreen Plus 4 at CES 2016This offers an incredible way to multitask all in one place. Think about it. You can watch a movie, play a game on a console, keep up with a stock or sports ticker and even view a Twitter feed all at the same time. As you want to give each screen priority, you can shuffle from one to the next, resizing windows and moving them around for your customized needs, or simply using pre-created layouts on screen.

Among the components of the demo that was most impressive was the way in which the hubs could be worked into a daisy chain to allow for an even larger number of layout and feed choices. It works smoothly regardless of whether you have four, a dozen, sixteen or more. In fact, the founder and CEO of the company said that if there does happen to be a limit to the number of hubs that can be added, “we haven’t found it, yet.” Moreover, he explained that these feeds can all be run simultaneously without any deterioration in performance, unless it has to do with the WiFi performance in the location. That said, it would not be the result of the Skreen Plus 4 device, itself.

Skreens will start shipping its Plus 4 devices in March, with a two-port option retailing for $249, or a four-port option retailing for $449.