CES 2018: Tech We're Most Excited to See

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The countdown to the world’s biggest tech show is over, CES 2018 is officially underway. I'm currently here in Vegas, baby, with about 4,000 exhibitors from around the world showcasing their latest innovations for the coming year. It’s safe to say, the future is already here in Sin City. As predicted, it’s full of gadgets, gizmos, and tech that’s meant to make our lives better, easier, and efficient.

From a truly connected home that can save you time and money to high-tech retail, augmented reality makeup mirrors and self-driving cars, CES delves into the world of technology to bring consumers the best of what is out there.

We’re a week deep into 2018 and it’s already shaping up to be very exciting for consumers thanks to vast improvements that will finally deliver on the promise of tech simplifying our lives. Before I go roaming around the showrooms, here are the seven products I’m most excited to see and watching closely ... so let’s get to it!

Smart Home

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Every year we see our homes get smarter, but this year companies are kicking it up a notch from the usual doorknobs and control over the lighting, and to our showers. Can you think of a better gadget to start your daily routine? The theme in 2018 is personalization, consumers want to bring home a device that offers a personalized experience, leveraging the cloud, AI and computer vision to create more in-home and friendly device.

Let’s be honest, nothing’s better than a warm shower to start your morning or wind-down at the end the day, until we find ourselves sitting in the bathroom while waiting for the water to heat up. Last year, Moen announced their new smart shower system that fixes this by adding the ability to remotely start the shower, even before ever stepping in. With just a few taps on your smartphone, the U by Moen let’s you pre-heat the water temperature. It's— in two words— luxurious and personalized.

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This year, Moen is unveiling, U by Moen’s new voice activation features. By allowing consumers to integrate their shower with automated systems, Moen takes the digital showering experience to the next level. Homeowners can have the shower incorporated into their smart home ecosystem, and enjoy the ease and convenience of a totally connected lifestyle. With up to 12 customizable presets, control their shower anyway they like: with their voice, the smartphone app, Amazon Alexa capability—or the in shower controller. Once the water warms up to their perfect temperature, the shower can pause the water until the consumer is ready to get in.

Another notable one from Moen, their new MotionSense Wave, so you can wave hello to a hands-free kitchen faucet. I never really thought about installing a hands-free faucet in my home until I recently got married and started cooking more often. Everyone needs this! The faucet is equipped with MotionSense Wave technology, perfect for when your hands are too full or too messy to turn on the faucet. This functionality also helps to minimize the spread of dirt and germs, since there’s no need to touch the faucet to start the flow of water.

I will be partnering with Moen and taking over their Instagram, be on the lookout for that!

Better Laptops Than Ever Before

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CES isn't just about TV's, cars and drones. This year, we will see a lot of new announcements about laptops.

A few months back Dell invited me to their HQ and gave me an sneak peek of its next XPS 13 laptop ahead of CES 2018, showing off the 13-inch Ultrabook's incredibly thin and modern design. It’s the smallest and most powerful laptop for its size and class — and it is beautiful.

It’s called Dell Cinema and let’s just say, Dell is breaking the mold of where technology can live with millennials and how it fits all their lifestyles.

Augmented Reality

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If one thing is certain, this year, we will not see dozens of new iterations on Google Glass. To be honest, I am not the biggest fan of VR and the goggle. So much so, that I noticed this year, less companies are showcasing their VR tech, except for tech giants like Intel hosting an entire press conference in VR and Samsung offering virtual reality-powered roller coaster rides. Instead, augmented reality is taking the spotlight and offering a new, high-end vision of future tech. Want to see the weather report for the week, have a list of to-do errands before school starts, or watch tonight’s football game? Augmented reality is taking these every-day requests to the next level. Epson is unveiling a new version of its Moverio AR glasses and I’m excited to see smaller companies use this as a chance to shine.

5G Wireless Technology

Most of our phones are running on 4G technology, you know…those broadband link wireless speeds you're getting on your phone as you endlessly scroll on your IG feed. Now you can say hello to 5G, which stands for fifth-generation wireless technology. Can you see I am excited abou less buffering and more speed?

With technology booming (I know, it’s hard to stay caught up), a faster 5G wireless technology plan is also underway. Tech giants like Qualcomm,Intel  and Ericsson will showcase the applications we can expect from 5G and what it means for us. Don’t fret, though, word on the street is that this year there will no longer be a need for charging cables as there is a new feature enabling wireless tech to charge within 3 feet of the power source. Way to make us all feel a little lazy…

Entertainment

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It’s always a big show for televisions. As if HD isn’t enough, this CES we'll see big screens with even bigger price tags. We’ll also see a boost in HDR, high definition range that will be affordable for more TVs.  HDR boosts a TV’s contrast and color, making images pop more prominently and generally improving the viewing experience. This year, LG will be showcasing the first 88-inch 8K OLED display, read: the largest and highest-resolution OLED panel to date. And who said television was dead?

Wearable Technology

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In the last few years, wearing your technology has become quite the trend. Now more than ever consumers are integrating their health, fitness, and cellular devices onto their everyday wearable products, and this trend is only growing (even in the beauty department). With a focus on dedication to health, the wearable tech we’re expecting to see go beyond fitness trackers, they’re going deep into the undergarments with smart underwear that measure blood pressure and even track sleep patterns (let’s admit, we all could use help in that department)! There will also be a designated health and wellness zone this year on the showroom floor, where consumers can utilize sleep gadgets and the other newly designed health and wellness products.

This year Samsung will also introduce three new health tech products at CES, but I am most excited to see the GoBreath. It’s a device that looks like an inhaler that teaches patients with lung damage techniques to help with their post-op recovery. The device also checks their lung recovery and allows doctors to monitor that recovery remotely.

Self-driving Cars

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We may not be seeing self driving cars any time soon, due to safety regulations, but we will be seeing connected cars, thanks to the features of technology inside the cars.

Byton will be showcasing its all new first-ever electric SUV at this year’s CES. Many other car companies will be at CES showing off autonomous shuttles, self-driving technologies, electric scooters, and other futuristic transportation ideas as well. Speaking of cars, Lyft is soon offering rides in semi-autonomous cars. Sign me up!

That’s just a teaser for what’s to come— stay tuned this week for more exciting tech stuff to come!

What are you most excited to see? Leave a comment below! I'll be posting on Instagram and Twitter so you can follow along with me! 

 

This post was made in partnership with Moen. 

Fa-la-la-ing in LOVE with Your Holiday Dinner Party This Season

The holidays are quickly approaching and if you are anything like me, you look forward to the time spent with your family and friends, fun get-togethers, and most importantly, hosting that seasonal dinner party. Read: Make memories and fill up the IG timeline with snapshots of your fun festivities. 

This post was made possible in partnership with Bed Bath and Beyond

This party allows you to show off your cooking and hosting skills, which can all be possible through the different cooking gadgets and holiday homeware, compliments of Bed Bath & Beyond. For me it’s a one stop shop to sleigh the dinner party.

Set the Table- Use Beautiful Decor

Just like everything else in life, hosting and cooking for the holiday season takes some time and planning, even for setting the table. I plan my dinnerware around my holiday decor colors and this year those are white mixed with metallics, which you can find here

Meal Prep- Gadgets Galore

Next is making sure the meal prep is divine and delicious! Bed Bath and Beyond has a few gadgets that make this very doable. For that holiday turkey, you NEED to get your hands on the Power AirFryer Oven™ for all your grilling, frying and cooking needs!  

You also can’t forget those sides of sweet potatoes and potato salad of course, so why not invest in a Nutribullet to help you prepare these dishes as well? Best part about both of these items is that you can use them year round.

So now that the dinner is placed and the meals are ready, it’s FINALLY time to set the mood with music and spirits! I decorated with velvet Hanukkah stockings and am on cloud nine with the Coravin™ Model Two Wine System that allows you to pour your wine without removing the cork, so that the wine stays fresh longer for enjoyment on another day! (Wine not make this decision, right?)

Setting the Mood

And lastly, it’s all about that FABULOUS after party! With Google Home, you are sure to make an impression as the device is an on-demand assistant. Say Ok Google and Google lets you play music, stream television shows, or answers any questions that you want to know just from the sound of your voice.

All while enjoying the fun, you can be sure to get it all on film using the Gravitron™ WIFI Video Drone that can record all the fun at this dinner party through HD videos or even a group selfie!

Sure, the holidays are the most wonderful time of the year, but they can also be the most stressful, so make sure you plan ahead and make life easy with a one stop-shop like Bed Bath and Beyond

What are your go-to hosting tips? We want to hear! 

This post was made possible in partnership with Bed Bath and Beyond.

 

 

 

 

Best Apps To Save You Money Over Black Friday And Beyond

Photo by Alyssa Zakaria

Photo by Alyssa Zakaria

Paribus:

This holiday season American consumers are expected to lose tens of millions in unclaimed refunds from online retailers. But a popular new smartphone app called Paribus is solving this problem for two million consumers. Paribus automatically scans your online shopping receipts for price drops and shipping delays, quickly files a digital claim with the retailer, and instantly deposits your refund back to your credit card. It's free and requires absolutely zero effort.

So far, Paribus has identified over $6.5 million dollars in refunds for 2 million consumers, with millions more expected this holiday season.
 

eBates:

The app and website bring all the weekly ads into one place so you can see the doorbuster from Walmart, Best Buy, and Target together. Plus, search for a product keyword (ex. television) and the app will pull in all of the qualifying deals from the ads so you don't have to waste time flipping through them. Shop where you already like to shop, but get cash back after your purchases, whether you opt to pay by check or a PayPal deposit.

The percentage varies depending on the online retailer or marketplace, and there are more than 2,000 to choose from, including Amazon, Walmart, Macy’s, Target, eBay, Kohl’s, Best Buy, American Eagle.

Here is a little gift from me to you from eBates! $25

https://www.ebates.com/r/JESSIC75573?eeid=28187

 

Flipp:

This app helps you find the best deals in stores by aggregating all your local (flyers) in one place. Instead of searching multiple websites and stores it lets you browse coupons so you can virtually clip coupons. There's a smart shopping list section that will automatically show you who has the best deals around you.