Editor's note : HLN is at CESall week covering the year's biggest tech show featuring all the new gadgets and innovations. Check back here for updates on some of the most interesting and inventive things we've seen so far!
A fortress inside your eyeballs
The tennis ball-sized device aims to replace passwords (and all their "case-sensitive, eight-character minimum, at least one number required" confusion and ineffectiveness) with something more reliable: your eyeball.
It uses iris authentication to protect your computer as well as many of the things you use it for, such as online banking, social networks or e-mail. Users just plug the Myris into their USB then stare for a few seconds into the mirrored lens on the bottom until it makes a positive ID. After that, your computer or accounts are immediately unlocked.
Eyeball-scanning authentication isn't new but bringing it to the masses in a slick-looking package built for home use? Well that was enough to earn the Myris a CES Editors' Choice Award.
When we swung by their booth Wednesday for a test run, a representative told us it has a false accept rate of just 1 in 2.25 trillion, making it the most accurate way to verify identification other than DNA. And unless you feel like swabbing a Q-tip every time you want to check e-mail, that's not much of an option.
Ball don't lie: Sports gear that tells you how to improve
Given they're inanimate objects, we sure do spend an awful lot of time talking to our sports equipment.
Swing and a miss? Yell at the bat.
Hook your approach? Your club hears all about it.
Well, now the time has come for the equipment to start talking back. Sensors like the ones made by Zepp can now attach to your sports gear and send you a bunch of metrics via app on everything from how fast you're swinging a baseball bat and where during your swing you're making contact to what percentage of your tennis shots are backhands.
An attachment made for golf gloves places the sensor on top of your hand to deliver potentially useful info on your hip rotation or club speed. All the gathered data can be reviewed on a smart device. So basically, coaches have a new digital tool... or new competition.
Mixed drinks that measure themselves
For all the jobs which technology has threatened nor replaced, the trusty ol' bartender never seemed much at risk. After all, how can a robot mix and pour drinks while lending an ear as some guy goes on about his fantasy football team and the problem with kids these days?
And yet, here we are, presented with a device where the mixed drinks pretty much measure themselves. Brookstone's Perfect Drink vows to simplify the art of the pour so much that it'll turn all of us into Isaac from "The Love Boat."
The Perfect Drink consists of a smart scale which hooks up to an app that's pre-loaded with recipes. You place your glass on the scale and it detects how much of each ingredient you've poured and when it's time to add the next one.
To even further idiot-proof the process, if you use too much of one ingredient, it updates the ratios in your recipe to compensate for your overly generous pour.
Basically, it can do a lot. One thing it can't do though is indulge your fantasy football and cultural complaints. So good news, bartenders, the world still needs you.
Have a thumb? Then you can have a virtual checkup
Take a deep breath. Relax. And let the Tinke health tracker tell you if it's time to hit the treadmill.
The small device plugs into your smartphone (and works wirelessly for Android users) and requires only a press of the thumb to kick out a bunch of biometric data. The 30-second thumb press delivers four health metrics: your respiratory rate, heart rate, heart rate variability and blood-oxygen level. Tinke then scores your overall health on a 99-point scale.
It uses a pair of optical sensors to make its readings, which are more accurate if you're at rest. Depending on your score (mine fell merely into the "Acceptable" range, so, um, clearly I was not at rest) it will give you some simple suggestions on improving your fitness, such as walking three miles a day -- or more depending on your results.
The iOS version is available now for $119 and the wireless version for Android will be out by February and cost $129.