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Consumer Electronics Week Offers Peak at Winter's Holiday Gadgets

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Some of the hot upcoming innovations are getting set to hit shelves later this year, and they’re all on display in the Big Apple at the annual Consumer Electronics Week. NY1's Adam Balkin filed the following report.

It’s a mid-year look at a whole bunch of the technology you may very well be pining for come the winter holidays: Consumer Electronics or CE Week in the Big Apple, run by the same folks who put on the giant Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

From televisions to audio equipment to the gadget-y stuff like wearables, which are so prevalent these days, they’re even available for your pets, this is the Voyce dog collar.

“It has embedded sensors that collect everything from key vital signs like resting heart rate and respiratory rate, activity trends from distance traveled, calories burned, and restlessness, looking at longest period of uninterrupted rest and the amount of rest your dog is getting," says Emily Hartman of I4C Innovations.

Plenty of tech here that will inspire the question, "what will they think of next?"

Then there is the ISSA, a silicone rubber electric toothbrush, with bristles developers insist will make your teeth cleaner than what’s out there now and a head that needs replacing just once a year.

“The non-abrassiveness actually increases the micro-circulation into the gum area so it’s massaging your gums while it’s actually processing the cleaning. The silicon itself has got a friction property that is excellent when it comes to cleaning the teeth area," says Beki Hoxha of Foreo.

There are also some extremely high-tech toys like Chatsters, which are so interactive they will actually place real calls and send you real text messages to your very real phone.

“When you call her, she’ll pick up and you can either hear her through the phone or you can hear the doll speak. They'll both be the same language or audio files and you can ask her questions like ‘How are you feeling?’ and she’ll be like ‘Oh, I’m really happy.’ Once you text her, she’ll pick up the signals and she’ll starting thinking and she’ll text you back," says Kotomi Nanjo of Spin Master.

Not to worry though, she won’t be ringing you non-stop; the calls and texts are only made through the companion app and you have to be six feet or less away from her to complete a call or text. ClientIP:,, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP