Every year around the first weekend of January tens of thousands of people flock to Las Vegas to geek out at CES 2016, a consumer electronics show where the latest and greatest gadgets are on display for the entire tech world to see.
Here's the great thing about CES (besides the cool gadgets, of course): a lot of the stuff you see is designed to be used in your everyday life as a homeowner.
We created a list of five homeowner-friendly gadgets we think could make life in your Omaha home even better than it already is. Two of these new devices are definitely splurge-worthy, while one of them is a necessity for a growing number of people in the United States.
LG's Rollable OLED TV
When you think about this TV, think of Fruit Roll-Ups. Remember how you'd unwrap the package and the roll up was, well, rolled up? LG has created a TV that rolls up exactly like the fruity paste of your childhood. The "O" in OLED is basically what makes the TV rollable; organic material makes the screen flexible and also emits light.
You can't buy the TV yet, but that isn't going to stop us from giving you a sneak peek at the amazing technology. Here's a video from BBC:
Sensorwake's (Aromatic) Alarm Clock
Do you remember that episode in The Office when Michael Scott confessed his love for waking up to the smell of bacon (after he burned his foot on a bedside Foreman grill that was cooking bacon)? For some of us, we knew exactly how the buffoonish boss felt. Others of us may prefer the aroma of coffee, or maybe muffins baking in the oven.
French company Sensorwake used a booming Kickstarter campaign to create an alarm clock that wakes you with aromas instead of an annoying buzz. The clock uses cartridges similar to the kind you see for plug-in air fresheners. They come in 15 different smells, including coffee, croissant, peppermint and chocolate.
The Nima Gluten Sensor
Knowing which foods have gluten and which don't is a crucial knowledge set for anyone with celiac disease or gluten sensitivities. Until Nima came along, it was difficult for gluten-free eaters to know for sure if the food they were eating at a restaurant, for example was gluten free. But even meals eaten at home could pose a risk of reaction if food is mislabeled or comes in contact with other foods that contain gluten.
6SensorLabs, the creators behind Nima, claim their sensor is the fastest gluten sensor on the market. Users simply place food or liquid in a cylindrical cartridge, place the cartridge in the Nima and, in just over 2 minutes, the sensor gives the results. A sad face means the food contains gluten, a smiley face means it doesn't, or that the levels of gluten in the food are safe enough to eat (less than 20 parts per million).