Moneual Hybrid Robot Cleaners
The next new tech I want to talk about is something that really interests me because of a conversation I just had with my wife last week. We were talking about robot cleaners. Our house is almost entirely tile (welcome to Southern Arizona) and by the time I finish mopping the entire floor, I find it hard to remember a time before I started mopping. Moneual may have the solution to my problem. Moneual actually had a lot of announcements to make at CES Unveiled and they are a CES Innovations 2014 Design and Engineering Award Honoree for five of their futuristic gadgets. I want to focus on just one, however, the Moneual RYDIS H68 Pro Smart Hybrid Robot.
The RYDIS H68 Pro is capable of both vacuuming and mopping and uses what Moneual calls Smart Vision Mapping technology to track and map the best path for cleaning. One of the coolest features is that the H68 Pro can actually mop and vacuum simultaneously. It has the largest water tank of any robot mop in the industry and actually learns as it cleans. The Smart Vision Mapping technology helps the H68 Pro learn the most effective cleaning patterns. It first runs a wall to wall pattern to make sure everything is covered, using to 42 omnidirectional sensors to find obstacles and avoid collisions.
The RYDIS H68 Pro uses a main brush for large particles and twin side brushes as well. It has a BLDC suction motor and a filter that Moneual says can capture 99.5% of particles 0.3 microns or larger. The lifespan of the H68 Pro is more than 5000 hours and the suction motor is supposedly much quieter than your standard DC motor. The RYDIS H68 Pro should be available for purchase sometime in the spring of 2014. While I didn’t get a price, the current H67 model costs $399.
There were a lot of speaker systems at CES Unveiled: 2014, but one of them that stood out to me was the DREAM One from DREAM Audio.
The goal of DREAM Audio with the DREAM One is to eliminate the standard “sweet spots” formed by typical speaker set-ups by providing the same, complete sound quality from anywhere around the speaker system. That way, it doesn’t matter where you are situated with reference to the speaker, you’ll get the best sound experience. With the DREAM One, there shouldn’t be any more need to focus the speakers and sit in a specific location in order to hear the best sound.
The DREAM One is a very versatile speaker system. It is wireless, as are many in the market today, but it provides a very wide level connectivity, allowing you to stream music over Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, DLNA, or Airplay from a phone, tablet, computer, or otherwise. To make sure the sound is perfect, the DREAM One plays a spatial test tone to pinpoint your position in the room. After finding you, the DREAM One automaticallyoptimizes the internal equalization and digital signal processor based on your location. That process, of course, works best when using a mobile device, so that the sound optimization follows you. You can also manually set up the audio.
The key to the DREAM One lies in the aluminum Sound Array Module that ensure the 360 degree distribution of the sound. Each DREAM One speaker is a stand-alone stereo speaker system, but it can also be used in tandem with another DREAM One speaker to expand the sound or create different audio zones. The DREAM One’s 2 inch aluminum cone wideband driver, 4 inch paper cone subwoofer, and 5.25 inch paper cone passive radiator provides acoustic output of up to 102dB. The DREAM One should be available by the fall of 2014 for an MSRP of $599.
Clear View Audio
Another speaker system I got excited about comes from Clear View Audio. The speaker isn’t actually a speaker in the traditional sense. It is actually a piece of clear acrylic set up to vibrate and produce sound. The base of the device carries the electronics and includes a tradition sub-woofer. Due to the congestion during CES Unveiled, I wasn’t able to get a sense of the sound quality of the Clear View Audio speaker, but I set up a meeting for later on in the week to get some alone time with the new speaker. I’ll certainly update with my findings on the matter.