GO
Loading...

Meet the Gadgets That Will Save Your Phone -- and You

Tuesday, 8 Jan 2013 | 11:25 AM ET
Gotta Have It: Hot Gadgets From CES
Part of the joy of CES is the random gadget finds, and there are few better target-rich environments than the Digital Experience party on Monday night. We'll pick out some of the best gadgets for a quick online show-and-tell to let folks know what's new and hot.

Mobile is truly the driving force behind the Consumer Electronics Show this year -- similar to the PC 10 years ago -- but it's also a dangerous world. So we set off to find a few of the best technologies to keep you and your smartphone safe.

Tech 21 is a company that has licensed D3O technology for smartphone cases. It's a putty-like substance that instantly hardens when it's under intense pressure, which makes its $35 cases ideal for absorbing impact from drops.


Then there's Liquipel for the inside of your phone. Liquipel applies its nano-coating inside a phone to waterproof it. The service has been on the market for a few months, but until this year you had to send your phone through the mail to have it done. Soon Liquipel will rent its machines to retailers who will be able to apply the waterproofing in store for $60.

But there are dangers out there for people, too.

Samsung's newest HD Security System provides a much sharper picture than previous generations -- the improved resolution means the difference between being able to read the license plate on a car outside your house and having to settle for the make and model. The improved cameras are due in March, with do-it-yourself kits starting at about $1,000.

The 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Andrew Harrer | Bloomberg | Getty Images
The 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Cobra's iRadar radar detection system is now 35 percent smaller and able to fit under the hood where curious eyes can't see it. Meanwhile it connects with a phone to do its duty -- when other iRadar users identify speed traps and other hazards, they show up on your smartphone map.

And at a more personal level, Masimo, a company that has made professional medical equipment for 24 years, now has a $250 accessory that reads your blood oxygen, heart rate and more, and displays the real-time data on your phone. I'd call it peace of mind for hypochondriacs everywhere.

CES 2013 Videos

  • Rocco Pendola, TheStreet.com, weighs in on whether it is time for Apple to drop Best Buy, and why it may not be in the tech giant's best interest to produce cheaper versions of its products.

  • CNBC's Mary Thompson reports American Express is cutting 5,400 jobs; and Dan Ackerman, CNET senior editor, discusses some of the hottest items at the Consumer Electronic Show this year.

  • CNBC's Jon Fortt is at CES in Las Vegas, where he interviews John Aden, executive vp of general merchandise for Wal-Mart. Aden talks about what he finds interesting and what is lacking on the show floor.