Tech inventions to begin 2023 - from baby translator to avocado ripeness checker

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The avocado ripeness checker can reduce food waste by as much as 25%, according to tech startup One Third (Image: John Locher/AP/REX/Shutterstock)
The avocado ripeness checker can reduce food waste by as much as 25%, according to tech startup One Third (Image: John Locher/AP/REX/Shutterstock)

From a mask you can wear to talk in private to a device that can interpret your baby ’s screams, these are some of the gadgets you really need but never knew you did.

The amazing machines are some of the latest inventions on show at CES, the world’s biggest tech event, which is returning for the first time since the pandemic, opening tomorrow at the Las Vegas Convention Centre.

Here are some of the astonishing new products…

The muter

With the Skyted speech privacy mask you can make calls in public places without anyone hearing what you’re saying. The mask, which pairs with any phone or online meeting software, absorbs 80% of voice vibrations and also cuts out all external noise, so you can also hold meetings or have private conversations in crowded and noisy places.

Tech inventions to begin 2023 - from baby translator to avocado ripeness checker eideeidediqxzinvThe mask absorbs 80% of voice vibrations (John Locher/AP/REX/Shutterstock)

Baby translator

With the Q-Bear parents never need wonder what their newborn is trying to tell them again. The device, developed by Taiwanese company Quantum Music, uses artificial intelligence technology to analyse babies’ cries and precisely identify four needs - hunger, a dirty nappy, sleepiness and a need for comfort. If the baby is sleepy it will even auto-play a lullaby.

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Tech inventions to begin 2023 - from baby translator to avocado ripeness checkerThe Qbear+ AI baby crying translator by Quantum Music Co is on display during CES (John Locher/AP/REX/Shutterstock)

Avocado ripeness checker

For those fed up of slicing open an avocado to find it’s too hard to eat, this scanner uses a near-infrared laser to check if the fruit is ripe enough. Tech startup One Third say it can reduce food waste by as much as 25%.

Tech inventions to begin 2023 - from baby translator to avocado ripeness checkerIt uses a near-infrared laser to check if the fruit is ripe enough (AFP via Getty Images)

Tattoo stamp

If you’re not sure if you want a permanent inking, the Prinker lets you take a tattoo for a test drive by printing personalised temporary designs on your skin with cosmetic ink.

Tech inventions to begin 2023 - from baby translator to avocado ripeness checkerThe Prinker lets you take a tattoo for a test drive (John Locher/AP/REX/Shutterstock)

Portable defib

Small enough to fit in a bag or be kept at home, the Lifeaz defibrillator is able to analyse a patient’s condition to determine the appropriate settings to help the heart start pumping again, making it easier for untrained people to use it in an emergency.

Tech inventions to begin 2023 - from baby translator to avocado ripeness checkerThis portable defibrillator is small enough to fit in a bag or be kept at home (John Locher/AP/REX/Shutterstock)

AI bird feeder

If you want to know which feathered friends are coming to your garden, Bird Buddy uses a motion-sensor camera to tell you when a bird is feeding, take photos and send them to your phone. The device uses artificial intelligence to recognise the species of bird, even offering advice on what food they most like.

Tech inventions to begin 2023 - from baby translator to avocado ripeness checkerBird Buddy uses a motion-sensor camera to tell you when a bird is feeding, takes a photo and sends it to your phone (John Locher/AP/REX/Shutterstock)

Exoskeleton

German Bionic’s latest product, the Cray X, helps workers with heavy lifting by providing up to 66lbs (30kg) of support for the lower back while also reducing fatigue by helping the user to walk. Artificial intelligence also monitors the wearers’ movements, providing insights and alerts.

Tech inventions to begin 2023 - from baby translator to avocado ripeness checkerThe Cray X powered exoskeleton by German Bionic Systems on display during CES (John Locher/AP/REX/Shutterstock)

Eyebrow printer

L’Oreal’s Brow Magic device uses augmented reality to scan a user’s face then create and draw the perfect eyebrows in seconds.

Tech inventions to begin 2023 - from baby translator to avocado ripeness checkerA booth worker demonstrates L'Oreal's smart brow applicator that uses augmented reality to help print eyebrows (CAROLINE BREHMAN/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

The handheld, electronic brow make-up applicator has 2,400 tiny nozzles and printing technology with up to 1,200 drops per inch (dpi) printing resolution to draw precise brows.

Tech inventions to begin 2023 - from baby translator to avocado ripeness checkerThe product was unveiled in Las Vegas (CAROLINE BREHMAN/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)
Tech inventions to begin 2023 - from baby translator to avocado ripeness checkerY-Brush electric sonic toothbrush cleans the user's teeth in 10 seconds (John Locher/AP/REX/Shutterstock)

10-second toothbrush

The Y-Brush features a mouthguard-shaped head with 35,000 nylon bristles designed to clean all your teeth simultaneously.

Using sonic vibrations, developers claim you can get the normally monotonous job done in just ten seconds flat.

Matt Roper

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