CES 2014: Apps for Brushing Your Teeth, Finding Your Keys, Et Cetera

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Interested in using your iPhone or Android phone to help you brush your teeth, find your keys, keep your eyes on the road, or warm up your house? At a typically gadget-packed CES this year, there seemed to be a new “connected” app for getting you through just about every aspect of your day.

Brushing Your Teeth

Kolibree, for instance, intro’d an electric toothbrush which connects to an iPhone or Android app via Bluetooth. When you brush your teeth, the brush will send data to the app concerning how long and how vigorously you’ve been doing the job. You’ll even be able to share this potentially fascinating data with your friends or your dentist (if you want), Kolibree expects to release several different models of this app-enabled toothbrush in the third quarter, at prices ranging from around $100 to $200.

Finding Your Keys

After you’ve brushed your teeth in the morning, you might want to grab your keys and head out the door. Also at CES, TrackR announced a new fob that can be attached to a keychain to help you find those sometimes illusive items in a hurry. You can track the tag through an app on your iPhone or Android phone. TrackR can also generate a tone on your device. The keychain fob isn’t quite ready yet, but the same company is selling StickR and Wallet tracking tags for $29 apiece.

Driving Safely

Do you drive to work (or anywhere else)? Cellcontrol has just rolled out the frist iPhone edition of a solution for preventing “distracted driving” already available for Android, Windows Phone, Blackberry and Brev phones. Cellcontrol’s apps work with a small hardware device called the “trigger” which plugs in to the OPD port on the driver’s side of the car.

Cellcontrol includes a policy module that lets you allow certain features of the phone, such as GPS, while blocking others, like texting and phone calling, while the car is in motion. According to John Breaux, CEO, Cellcontrol faced challenges in bringing Cellcontrol to the iPhone since Apple’s security architecture prevents developers from creating software that interferes with other iOS apps. Consequently, for the iPhone product only, the policy module is built into the Cellcontrol device.

Warming Up Your House

At the end of the day, wouldn’t it be nice to come home to a warm house? Tado’s “Heating” system, just introduced in the US, combines iPhone and Android Apps with a “Tado Box” — a piece of hardware that can essentially replace an existing thermostat or be connected directly to the heating boiler.

“It knows when people leave the house by monitoring their smartphones and lowers the temperature accordingly. As soon as it notices the first person heading home, it increases the temperature so it’s warm when you arrive. At the same time, it includes weather data, so on a sunny day Tado might decide to heat less, conserving energy and avoiding the overshooting of inside temperatures,” contended Leo von Bismarck, CMO of German-based Tado.

“Users don’t have to interact at all with the system because Tado knows what you’re doing, knows what the temperature outside and inside is and adjusts to your schedule.”

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