The Best Covid Tech of CES 2021
While COVID-19 vaccination is slowly rolling out across the country, while the end of a nearly year-long pandemic is drawing near, there is still much work to be done to protect everyone from frontline health services to those of us who benefit from work from home. Fortunately, in 2020 many tech companies focused on products that can help fight the spread of the novel coronavirus – and many of those products were showcased at CES 2021.
From personal products like smart face masks and disinfectants for car consoles to business solutions like autonomous UV robots, CES 2021 was full of interesting and potentially life-saving technology debuts.
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Razer’s project Hazel
Razer, a company best known for building gaming hardware, introduced Project Hazel at CES 2021. Called the “World’s Smartest Mask” by Razer, it is considered an N95 surgical ventilator that includes both active ventilation and self-sterilization capabilities. It also uses what is known as Razer Voiceamp technology, which listens to your voice and then intelligently plays it back through the two speakers for clearer communication. The mask also comes with a slim, minimalist case that charges it and keeps it clean thanks to the UV sterilization inside.
Of course, Razer had to add customizable Chroma RGB lights, which are often found on gaming keyboards and can be customized using a mobile app. As of now, Project Hazel remains a concept where neither price nor availability are known.
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BioButton by BioIntelliSense
BioIntelliSense’s BioButton is an inconspicuous, portable device the size of a coin that continuously records a variety of vital signs such as temperature, respiratory rate, and heart rate at rest to monitor your health. The wearable, which this year won the CES Innovation Award and was approved by the Food and Drug Administration, is part of a complete COVID-19 screening system that connects to the BioMobile app. The data is sent to the BioCloud, which then looks for subtle physiological changes and provides the user with a full report of possible signs of risk.
Health data is protected by end-to-end encryption from data collection to secure storage, and privacy is protected in an environment that complies with Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act and is HITRUST certified according to the company.
AirPop Active +
Get Fitbit-like health tracking on your face with Airpop’s Active + Smart Mask. Instead of just worrying about steps and calories, it’s about your breathing and air quality. Even if a vaccine against the coronavirus is introduced, the pandemic will continue and there are many reasons to upgrade your face mask. A sensor the company calls Halo measures your respiratory rate, monitors the filter installed in the mask, and delivers the data directly to a mobile app. In the app you will find data on the pollutants the mask has blocked and information about the effectiveness of the mask, as well as information on how long you have worn the mask per day and over time, breaths per minute and the volume of air that passed through it.
The AirPop Active + Smart Mask costs $ 150 when it launches, which is slated for later this month.
Targus UV-C LED disinfection light
Most of us are guilty of getting our keyboards a little too dirty – a bad habit to say the least, especially since we all spend more time in front of computer screens while working from home. Step into Targus’ new UV-C LED disinfection light, a UV lamp that appears over your mouse and keyboard and eliminates 99.9% of the pathogens in the active disinfection area. The light runs for five minutes every hour and is sensitive to movement. It will automatically turn off if you return to your desk before the disinfection process is complete.
Targus also unveiled the 2Office Antimicrobial Backpack, which includes antimicrobial coatings on “key touch points” to reduce the chances of developing a nasty disease. The company expects these products to hit the market in the spring alongside antimicrobial keyboards and mice.
While staying home safe is important, you also need to be aware of and protect yourself from the risks of leaving your home. Utilimedic, a division of the car tech company Namsung America, presented the UV8LED at CES, a disinfection device for car telephones with wired and wireless charging. The disinfection solution offers ultra-fast UV-C light disinfection of 360 degrees, in which up to 99.9% of germs, viruses and harmful bacteria are removed in just five minutes.
The company also boasts that “if it fits, it can be cleaned.” While the disinfectant is designed for a standard smartphone, you can throw in face masks, watches, glasses, earbuds, ID cards, keys, credit cards, and more.
While your home may not require robotic antivirus support, businesses may need an extra hand as COVID-19 restrictions are slowly lifted across the country. Thankfully, Misty Robotics’ Misty II was made for the job. This cute temperature screening robot is designed to keep customers safe while being personal at the same time. It has facial recognition capabilities, extensive eye and sound packages, and can be personalized with 3D printed tools and extensions.
LG’s autonomous UV robot
While it lacks a bit of personality compared to Misty II, LG’s upcoming autonomous UV robot will work just as hard to keep businesses safe and hygienic. The robot was developed to disinfect touch-sensitive areas in hotels, schools, offices, restaurants and shops. The robot is reportedly easy to use and can be integrated into established cleaning routines without extensive staff training and monitored with remote updates for smartphones or tablets. Employee exposure to UV rays is minimized by a built-in security lock activated by motion detection sensors that recognize people.
Ettie Smart Video Doorbell
When someone comes to your door, be it a delivery driver or a visitor, it’s important to know if they might have a fever. The Ettie Smart Video doorbell uses an infrared temperature sensor to measure the body temperature of a visitor and sends a warning if they have a fever. The doorbell uses a series of chimes and LED lights to indicate to visitors whether it is safe to enter a room and whether they are at a temperature. Obviously, the technology has both home and business uses.
The doorbell also includes all the features you would expect from a modern video doorbell. It offers HD video recording with a 160-degree field of view and live streaming so you can monitor visitors in real time. The doorbell also takes photos and records the time when someone walks into your room, making it easy to keep track of contacts when someone gets sick.
Many people have air purifiers in their homes, but the new Luft Duo air purifier is built to take you with you on the run. The world’s first portable, filterless air purifier made its debut at CES and is making waves in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Luft Duo uses UV-LED and photocatalytic technology to remove dust, pollen, mold and other pathogens from the air and to remove expensive filter changes from the equation.
The Luft Duo is pretty quiet – it supposedly only runs at 19 decibels – and is rated for rooms up to 240 square feet, making it a great option for a small bedroom, car, or similar environment.