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Five products that caught our attention at this year’s CES


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A model demonstrates a smart kettlebell at the JaxJox booth at CES International, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019, in Las Vegas.

The gadgets, technology and services displayed at CES just never stop improving.

More than 4,500 exhibitors from 160 countries returned to the Las Vegas Convention Center and 10 other properties across the valley this week to display their latest and greatest tech for just about every industry imaginable.

And while many of the nearly 15,000 products on display could warrant a story of their own, here are five interesting products we found making their CES debut this week:

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Attendees try out some luxury Lamborghini massage chairs.

Lamborghini massage chair

The experience of driving in one of the world’s most luxurious sports cars is now available — to an extent — in the comforts of home. While the Lamborghini massage chair, developed by Korea-based Bodyfriend, won’t reach speeds of 200 miles per hour, sounds of a revving engine accompanied by a slew of massage features is the latest way for the Italian automobile company to bring that experience to aficionados’ living rooms.

The chair also includes a hand-held remote control for measuring stress levels and heart rate, and producing a massage that is customized accordingly. When not producing the sound of a revving engine, the 360-pound massage chair — modeled after a Lamborghini’s front seat — plays a variety of soothing sounds from nature.

The chair, launched in May 2018, costs $30,000. Despite the high price tag, Daniel Yang of Bodyfriend said several units had been sold on the CES floor.

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Cove's digital home security comes pre-programmed out of the box and costs only $15 per month, said company spokesman Matthew Faraci.

Cove digital home security

Do-it-yourself home security takes on average two to five hours to set up, but a new Utah-based company claims its sleek, compact system will take less than a half-hour.

Cove’s digital home security comes pre-programmed out of the box and costs $15 per month, said company spokesman Matthew Faraci.

It can be set for as many windows and doors as a home may contain and is connected to a cellphone tower — not Wi-Fi — so users can set security preferences remotely. Users of the product can set their security via Cove’s mobile app, a remote control provided with the service or through Amazon’s Alexa.

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Steven Sylvester at his booth for his Klyp app for hair professionals.

Klyp app for hair professionals

Las Vegas native Stevenson Sylvester credits a part of his success as both an NFL football player and now a business professional to having a fresh haircut that leaves him confident and “feeling good” on important days.

The Valley High graduate developed the Klyp app for travelers with a variety of hair styling needs to have the same opportunity.

“We used to have someone that would take care of us on the Steelers whenever we needed a cut,” said Sylvester, who played in the 2010 Super Bowl with the Steelers. “Since I’ve left the NFL, it’s a whole different story.”

For those who don’t have a personal stylist or play on an NFL team, Klyp is a more specialized and detailed version of Yelp, specifically designed for consumers looking for hair professionals who style their hair the way they want it. Users can search for an array of hair professionals — from stylists to barbers and everything in-between — and read user reviews, see photos of clients’ hair, book an appointment and even pay their bill.

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Livall Helmetphone smart bike and ski helmets by China-based sportswear company Livall, can take mobile phone calls, play music, and even when a wearer is falling over.

Livall Helmetphone smart bike and ski helmets

China-based sportswear company Livall claims to have finally solved connectivity for bikers and skiers. Programmed with Bluetooth that functions in temperatures as low as minus-5 degrees Farenheit, the helmet can take mobile phone calls and play music — even when a user is falling over. An LED light option gives nighttime bikers and skiers additional visibility, and a heavily padded memory foam interior provides users with a custom fit.

The cushy helmets retail for $179. Xu Gang, a Livall company representative on the CES showroom floor Wednesday at the Sands Expo, said what’s left of the helmets will be available on Thursday before the conclusion of the convention.

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The JaxJox kettlebell connects wirelessly to a tracking device as it's lifted or swung.

JaxJox KettlebellConnect

A kettlebell that connects wirelessly to a tracking device as it’s lifted or swung hopes to be the next trend in home fitness. Users of the JaxJox KettlebellConnect can also change the weight of the kettlebell digitally, by setting it on a platform, programming a desired weight between 12 and 42 pounds and waiting less than five seconds.

Stephen Owusu, CEO of the Washington state-based company, said the goal of the new kettlebell, like many fitness apps and products, was to develop a tool that’s flexible with users’ lifestlyes. The KettleBellConnect retails for $349.

CORRECTION: This story has been updated to correct the title of Cove spokesman Matthew Faraci. | (January 15, 2019)