Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired More of the Coolest Stuff We’ve Seen So Far at CES 2019

Hexbyte Tech News Wired More of the Coolest Stuff We’ve Seen So Far at CES 2019

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We’ve played with a bunch of great new consumer products here at CES. Here are the neatest things we saw on day two.
Photographs by Amy Lombard. Also see a selection of the coolest stuff we saw at the show on Tuesday, and follow our liveblog for up-to-the-minute updates. And be sure to check out all of our CES 2019 coverage.

01

Elvie Pump

One day, people will look back at the medieval torture devices that used to pass as breast pumps only to be astounded and appalled. The

Elvie breast pump

—which just announced FDA clearance here at CES, to start shipping in February—is the world’s first silent, hands-free, smart breast pump. It’s attractive and discreet, with multiple flange sizes for women with different breast shapes and a clear reservoir to check how much milk you’ve pumped. You can also connect to the Elvie app to log your pumping history and volume. Soon, an analog breast pump will seem as outdated as a phone with a rotary dial.—

Adrienne So

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02

Eargo Neo

The third iteration of Eargo’s direct-to-consumer class 1 hearing device has a redesigned tip that makes it much more comfortable. Now, it’s almost completely invisible when inserted in the ear (I can see it when I peer

waaaay

down in there). The new shape also minimizes occlusion, a phenomenon that commonly occurs when a hearing aid starts amplifying the sound of the wearer’s own voice. Just double-tap your outer ear to switch between hearing profiles as you move between different environments. The

Neo

has an app if you need to connect with someone to get a better fit pronto.

And

it’s affordable—at $2,550, it’s about half the cost of other hearing aids on the market.—

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03

Dogness JS04 Smart Retractable Leash

What do you look for in a gadget at CES? Utility, sure, but creativity as well. It should be accessible but also indicative of broader trends. Ideally, it should also be brand new, not warmed-over or iterative. And the only gadget I’ve seen to check every single one of those boxes is the JS04 Smart Retractable Leash from Dogness. Launching this week, JS04 makes leashes modular, letting you screw on a Bluetooth speaker, an LED light, or a poop bag container. If you think that sounds silly, you’re right, but it’s also gloriously practical. It doesn’t just rethink the humble dog leash, it blows up your conceptions of what a dog walk should be.—Brian Barrett

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04

NordicTrack VR Bike

Having trouble getting motivated to ride your stationary bicycle each day? NordicTrack thinks VR gamification may change your mind, and it’s going all in on the idea. The NordicTrack VR Bike is a stationary bike that comes boxed with a HTC Vive Focus standalone virtual reality headset. The game we played (Aeronauts) had us pedaling to power a flying vehicle through rings, like Pilotwings. The bike has Xbox-like controls attached to the handlebars, can alter its intensity, change its incline, and even shoot gusts of air at your face. It comes out this summer for about $2,000.—Jeffrey Van Camp

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05

Butterfly Ultrasound

We first wrote about Butterfly Network’s personal ultrasound

when it launched

in 2017. It’s worth revisiting. At CES this year, the company showed off its first artificial intelligence application, which helps users position the handheld iQ device to get a useful image of their heart, and then computes ejection fraction, a measurement of cardiac performance. Butterfly also demonstrated its tele-guidance capabilities, showing how any of the company’s ultrasound customers could benefit from specialized knowledge. Some FDA hurdles remain to be cleared before consumers can use it—professionals already can—but iQ is about as smart as home healthcare gets.—

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06

Mui

When you see the Mui from across the room, it just looks like a sanded wood panel. But walk up to it and drag your finger across the grain of its wood, and it springs to life with glowing light. The Mui is a discreet smart home controller—use it to adjust the lights and the thermostat, fire up a playlist, or display the weather. Stop interacting with it and it turns back into a neutral (and beautiful) wood panel. So much better than yet another screen in your home. The Mui was a

successful Kickstarter

and should arrive (fingers crossed!) in the fall. When it starts shipping to non-backers, you’ll be able to get one for $999.—

Michael Calore

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07

Sennheiser Ambeo Soundbar

The

Sennheiser Ambeo Soundbar

is suited for audiophiles. It sounds almost as nice as an expensive 5.1 surround system, giving movies and TV a room-filling soundstage with booming bass in a single, hassle-free bar. It does that with an army of 13 drivers and a tuning system that uses an external microphone to precisely map out the walls and ceiling height of your room. It’s the only soundbar we’ve seen that’s compatible with Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, and MPEG-H standards and can play Bluetooth and Chromecast as well. Sennheiser says it will hit stores in May for $2,500.—

JVC

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08

While

HTC Vive Pro

is the most immersive VR headset on the market, HTC’s new

Vive Pro Eye

takes virtual reality to another level. With built-in eye tracking, it lets you can select objects and options within the VR experience just by looking at them, turning your eyes into a controller. Games or apps will know when you’re looking around, confused or lost, and can better guide you. Eye tracking also helps VR software conserve CPU and GPU power. You won’t even realize it, but an eye-tracking headset only needs to render what you’re looking at in extreme detail. The Vive Pro Eye will likely cost north of $1,400 when it comes out later this spring.—

JVC

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09

Owlet Band

What do you mean, there’s a

person

inside of me? And I can’t see it, touch it, or ask if it’s all right? The

Owlet Band

is a thin fabric tummy band an expectant mother can wear while sleeping after she’s 24 weeks pregnant. Thin ECG sensors are woven into the fabric, which count kicks, note the mother’s sleep position, and log contractions (all metrics that expectant mothers are encouraged to keep track of on their own). Hopefully, it can reduce the number of times an expectant mom has to send a worried phone call or text, even if maternal anxiety tends to increase when the baby is actually out.—

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Hexbyte  Hacker News  Computers Boss as a Service | Hire a boss, get stuff done

Hexbyte Hacker News Computers Boss as a Service | Hire a boss, get stuff done

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We keep you accountable. You get stuff done.

Hexbyte Hacker News Computers How it works

Hire a boss who will ensure you’re consistently being productive.

1 Send us your todos.

Send us your todos for the day, or todos with a specific deadline. Make sure they’re quantifiable, because you’ll have to prove you did them.

2 Send proof you completed them.

Send us a screenshot, or some other proof that you finished them.

3 If you don’t, we will take you to task.

If you default, we will follow up with you, and not stop bugging you till it’s resolved.

4 You smash through your goals.

You become ridiculously productive and possibly win the Nobel Prize.

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Accountability for people who work independently

Working on your own is amazing. All that delicious freedom and flexibility. But working for someone else has a huge productivity advantage: a boss.

Have you noticed that when you have someone supervising you, you always get work done, almost on autopilot? You never miss a client deadline, or a deadline at work. And yet, you constantly seem to miss your own.

So what do you do to create the same kind of pressure on yourself as you’d have at work?

If you don’t have a boss, hire one.

If you’ve read this far, it’s possible Boss as a Service is for you.

Is this for me?

Boss as a Service is certainly not for everybody. Some people work well without someone standing over them. Some of us, though, need the kick in the pants. If any of the following scenarios is familiar to you and has you nodding and saying “Yup, that’s me”, maybe you want to consider it.

  • You’re a chronic procrastinator, but you work well when there’s an impending deadline. Pulling all-nighters before an exam or an important deadline is something you’d do.
  • You’ve noticed that you are more productive when you have a team or a supervisor to report to, but as a freelancer, founder or student, you do a lot of independent work.
  • You struggle with unstructured time, and Parkinson’s Law is your grim reality.

Boss as a Service is not for you if you’re not looking to seriously accelerate your productivity. If you’re not committed to this, you’ll probably just find our follow ups and questions annoying. We force you to confront your bad work habits and defaulting. That can be a bit unpleasant at times — nobody likes being reminded that they skipped gym for the last 2 weeks — but it’s necessary we do so! If that’s not what you want from us, you won’t like this.

Check out more about whether Boss as a Service can help you here.

Not your friend’s accountability buddy service.

I could just get my friend to check on me right?

We’ve all tried that, and it doesn’t really work. The problem with friends is that they like you, and will give you little or no hassle when you show up with a story about how the dog ate your homework. If you beg and plead enough, they let you off the hook. They feel uncomfortable calling you out on your bullshit. Polite, occassional reminders don’t work. Plus, they have jobs and families and grocery shopping and Tinder swiping to do, and cannot really spend much effort or time chasing you up.

You don’t need another app to write down your todos in.

There are tons of productivity and todo apps.

Yes, and we’ve probably used all of them! Todo list apps and habit trackers are great, but what happens when you inevitably stop using them in a week when the novelty wears off? What happens when you don’t do what you committed to do? Seriously, you don’t need another app to list your todos. You need something to make sure you follow through.

How do I send in my todos of the day?

Just message us. We support email, Whatsapp and Telegram right now.

Make sure though that each todo is (a) quantifiable (because you’re going to have to prove you did it) and (b) has a concrete deadline (because we will start to demand answers from then on).

No, we won’t take your word that you did it.

Why do you need proof? Don’t you trust me?

Hey, it’s not like that, babe, we swear.

Okay, maybe it is, a little bit. But it’s only because we’re habitual procrastinators ourselves, and know that in your place, we’d totally try to cheat.

Maybe you’ve been lounging around in your pajamas all day eating Doritos, but you plan to go for a run later that night. So you think it’s okay to tell us that you already have. We know how that’s going to turn out — in a guilt-filled unholy orgy of Dorito excesses. So we wouldn’t be doing you any favours if we’re flexible about the “Prove it” rule. We’ll only count the tasks you’re able to prove as tasks actually done. In other words, pics or it didn’t happen.

So what does proof look like?

  • Go for 3km run — you could send us a screenshot from Runkeeper
  • Code for 1 hour — you could send us a screenshot of your Rescuetime stats
  • Fix form dropdown bug — maybe a gif of the form dropdown now working?

You can blur out sensitive data, just make sure your computer / phone time and date is present.

Don’t peddle us your fake news.

What if I falsify the proof with Photoshop?

Clever forgeries may deceive the eagle eyes of our humans, but besides giving you a massive guilt induced headache, it’s completely counterproductive. You signed up to be more productive, not to fabricate evidence! Besides, there’s surely a point where just completing your todo is easier than making up fake proof.

Why is this not free?

Because:

  • The reason Boss as a Service works is because we have pleasant but hard nosed, living, breathing humans who check your proof to make sure your work is really done, chase you down and keep you on track.
  • People value what they pay for. If you didn’t pay, you could easily block our emails or ignore us — you don’t lose anything. Which results in zero value addition to anybody.
  • If we didn’t charge money we couldn’t sustain this in the long run. One day, you will wake up to find us gone, and you’d have lost the only tool that ever helped you get anything done, and you’d be very sad.

Can I cancel my membership if it doesn’t work?

Of course. You can cancel any time. We won’t even make you click a button that says “I don’t care if 2018 is unproductive” first.

Is this a joke or stunt website?

Nope. We’ve said “deadly serious” a total of 3 times. Go ahead, control-f “deadly serious.”

We’re deadly serious about keeping you on track, and making sure you get stuff done. As you should be too.

I cannot say how effective this has been over just the last few days. TLDR: I’m infinitely grateful this service exists. I will have to see long term but for right now personally this has been a wild success.

Plainly and simply you have my heartfelt thanks, I’m just happy I was browsing Product Hunt when I was because from simply 6 days ago the difference in how I’ve been utilizing my task manager, calendar and other resources has been night and day. It’s gotten my butt in gear and I hope it’ll help me keep it in gear for a long time to come.

I wanted to say thank you. For being a real person and following up when I am often hanging on by a thread. More than anything, this service is a mirror. I’m learning I’m very deficient at task management and this is helping me form a system that works for me. First time in my life able to maintain a backlog of tasks.

I think you’re onto something with this service. More important than the staying on task though is creating an on-ramp to being able to plan your day / week / month and execute. A living journal is really what this is.

I have to admit, I was hesitating, do I really need this? And it turns out I do! BaaS has been working great for me so far, it gave me the extra push to achieve what I have planned each day, which I believe will make a HUGE difference in the long run.

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$200 / year

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