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5 CES Quickies: Braille Watch, Water Shut-off, Bike Desk, More

CES 2018: Smart watch speaks Braille, Loctek has people biking while working, Guardian shuts off water valve, Bite Helper soothes, Qarnot is not.

5 CES Quickies: Braille Watch, Water Shut-off, Bike Desk, More
The Braille-enabled smart-watch from Dot was just one of many standouts at CES 2018.

Julie Jacobson · January 18, 2018

We saw a lot of trends emerge from CES 2018 -- artificial intelligence, "fog" computing, non-invasive computer vision and more, and way too much to mention about the smart home.

Then again, we saw just a bunch of cool "things" as well. Here are five of them:

Last year, we said Qarnot offered the "most interesting business model at CES." This year, the company proved its Q.rad server has legs. The product is a powerful server, so it generates a lot of heat. That warmth is given away free of charge to offices that host the computers. Besides the free "radiator," users get some handy features from the device, including wireless charging and some basic automation. No, the hosts don't get access to the computing power.
Working and exercising, exercising and working on a Loctek bike desk, the Deskcise Pro, at CES 2018.


Maybe you've read about the Elexa Guardian water shut-off system before, but have you seen it in action? Most shut-offs require a plumber for installation, but this clever DIY product simply bolts to the main pipe and torques the existing valve with a powerful motor. Z-Wave and Wi-Fi versions are available. The action starts at about 0:16.


Maybe it's not a problem for YOU, but I'm a mosquito magnet with overactive histimines. All three mosquitos in the San Diego have found me and bitten me twice. This guy explains how BiteHelper will make the itch disappear before I break out in hives.


For the visually impaired, the Braille smart watch from Dot feels great. For everyone else ... it looks great.

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Julie Jacobson, recipient of the 2014 CEA TechHome Leadership Award, is co-founder of EH Publishing, producer of CE Pro, Electronic House, Commercial Integrator, Security Sales and other leading technology publications. She currently spends most of her time writing for CE Pro in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V and the business of home systems integration. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, and has never taken a journalism class in her life. She's a washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player currently residing in Carlsbad, Calif. Email Julie at

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