Top 10 Gadgets at CES 2018

Original Article published on The Daily Record.

Eureka Park is the space designated by CES for tech entrepreneurs to exhibit their new products and services. Started in 2012 in collaboration with the National Science Foundation, there were more than 800 startups in Eureka Park this year, roughly organized by national groupings (Holland, La French Tech, China, etc.). It is fertile ground for interesting new products.

As consumer electronic technology becomes more sophisticated, there are fewer classic “gadgets” at CES. Gadgets at CES today are likely to be highly engineered and not inexpensive. With this caution, here’s my list of this year’s Top 10 Gadgets:

1. Sourcenext Pocketalk Translator. This little device is about the size of an oval bar of soap, but it’s a powerful tool when you are travelling. It translates 63 languages into English or any other language on the device that you choose. For example, you can translate a German sentence into Chinese and vice versa. A user holds the device and, by speaking, selects a language and then speaks a phrase or word. After a few seconds, the user hears the phrase or word in the foreign language and sees it in writing on the display. Pocketalk is battery powered and usable online or offline. No set up, easy to use. It will be available in the U.S. in the spring for around $200.