The Best of New York City’s Luxury Tech Show

Products included smart jewelry and a gadget that detects antibiotics in food

28 April 2015
For those who think they have it all, last month’s Luxury Technology Show in New York City reminded its visitors that they could have more. A self-tracking golf bag starting at US $15,000 or a weatherproof outdoor TV that costs $8,399 were just some of the items featured. For those who are the more practical types, however, there were several products I found to not only be relatively affordable, but also useful. I may have been swayed by the free champagne, but here are a few items I considered charging to my credit card.

  1. The Peloton Bike


    Getting to the gym after a long day’s work can be difficult, and using the equipment you already have at home is sometimes even less appealing, especially if no one is there to hold you accountable. Peloton, an indoor cycling company, helps solve both those problems by wirelessly streaming live spin classes right to its bikes’ 55-centimeter touch screens for customers to use in the comfort of their homes. The classes are taught by top instructors, and help provide a motivational aspect similar to participating in group fitness classes. Moreover, users can track their progress with the bike’s interactive display, which shows distance, speed, and calories burned over time, and also compares stats with other customers.

  2. Cuff

    Starting at $49

    For those who find fitness trackers and other wearables unattractive or inconvenient to wear, consider Cuff. While the smart jewelry can be mistaken for an ordinary fashion accessory, Cuff’s products have built-in sensors that serve a variety of functions. They can buzz when someone is trying to reach you by phone, track your physical activity for the day, or even call for help in case of an emergency. The app that syncs with the jewelry allows users to designate a contact person (or even an entire Facebook network) to send out an alert when they are in danger by pressing a button on their accessory. Those contacts will automatically receive the user’s location, live audio, and other information to get the person help.

    Moreover, the system allows users to decide how to use various functions. For example, they can choose to set it so that pressing the button twice means a call for help. The accessories connect wirelessly to the Cuff app using Bluetooth and are compatible with most IoS and Android systems. The company even offers a jewelry box that is equipped with a charger, which will keep the battery alive for seven days.

  3. Penguin


    If you don’t entirely trust the “organic” and “all-natural” food labels, then you might be inclined to get the Penguin, a device that can check your groceries for antibiotics, which have been known to cause resistance to the drug in children as well as adults. Consumers can place a small piece of poultry, fish, or dairy product onto a cartridge with built-in electro-chemical nanosensors and then insert it inside the gadget to be analyzed. In two minutes, the screen will display how much antibiotic residue is present and will tell you whether the item is safe to eat. The gadget also can detect pesticides in fruits and vegetables as well as acidity, sodium, and glucose levels in other foods.  

  4. Petcube


    If I had a pet, I would most certainly want to check in on it while I’m away. The Petcube, a block-shaped gadget that is a cube 10-centimeters provides a 138-degree wide-angle camera view so that owners can watch their pets from their smartphones. It also provides a two-way audio stream through a built-in microphone and speaker so that not only can you hear your pets, but they also can hear you. Owners can place Petcube on the floor or any spot in the home. The Petcube app also lets users capture videos of their pets to share with others.

  5. InBody

    Starting at $5,495

    After all that working out and eating right (and virtually playing with your pet), you might want to use this machine to see the payoff. InBody is a digital scale that can break down body composition by muscle, fat, and water weight in less than a minute. Using a bioelectrical analysis method, the device sends out electrical currents that allows the scale to measure a variety of metrics, some of which are as specific as how well muscles are developed and how much fat is stored in each area of the body, such as the abdomen and arms. It even estimates how many calories a user burns while at rest.           

    It also can store data from previous weigh-ins and compare progress over time, making it a great tool for fitness trainers and physicians as well to help people target problem areas and personalize workouts and treatments.

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