Another neat device that we came across was the Kogeto Dot. This can make your iPhone videos a whole lot more interesting as it's a 360 degree camera les that straps on to the back of your phone. You upload the results to the Kogeto service and it'll create a panoramic video stream from you clip. When people watch it they can use their mouse to pan around in real-time while the video is actually playing. The camera attachment is priced at $80 (£52). Kogeto isn’t the only company with this type of panoramic video lens – the GoPano Micro from EyeSee360 works in a similar way.
In the past iRobot has caused a stir with its Roomba robotic vacuum cleaner. This time the company was showing off its Ava prototype. This is a robot that stands between three and five feet tall, depending on how you set it up, and uses either an iPad or an Android tablet as itss 'head'. Currently its functionality is a bit limited – it can map a room, follow people around, adjust its own height, and detect and avoid other objects nearby. However, iRboto says it is looking to use the prototype to experiment with cloud connectivity, gesture control and face recognition in the future.
The CES show also had a special Sport and Fitness TechZone again this year where there was plenty of interesting gear being demoed. BodyMedia's Fit Core Armband caught our eye. It tracks your movement using four different sensors: a 3-axis accelerometer to monitor motion, a galvanic skin sensor that measures your perspiration levels, heat flux sensor to measure the rate that your body is dissipating heat and a skin temperature monitor to record your body temp. The armband is designed to be worn throughout the day, rather than just when you're exercising, to give you an overall picture of how many calories you are burning and how well you're sleeping. There's also companion iPhone and Android apps to allow you to monitor your calorie intake and see your nutrition broken down into food groups such as protein, carbs, fat and alcohol. The Fit Core costs $179 (£117), but to make the best use of it you need to sign up to the subscription service for the web features, which will set you back $6.95 (£4.53) a month.
Velocomp was also demoing its iBike Powerhouse. This is a combination of a shock and waterproof iPhone case along with an module that takes care of the cycling measurements including a power meter. The iPhone app communicates with the module to monitor your progress against various training regimes that you can choose to follow via the app. The whole system is priced at $269 (£175), and you can buy additional fitness plans for the app for $9.99 (£650) a piece.
Obviously this is just a small selection of what was being shown on the various stands dotted around CES, but it indicates that for an increasing number of tasks and activities people are turning to gadgets that work with their phone or tablet, rather than their laptop.