Rainbow and Parrot Pot

Connected toothbrushes and plants are all the rage.

Connectivity is the name of the game at CES this year.

To start, there’s a vendor that’s sporting a connected toothbrush, which (finally)┬ámakes brushing a fun activity. It’s meant for kids, but we’re pretty eager to stock our own kid-less bathroom with one of these cleaning gadgets. Rainbow, by global device and app maker Vigilant, gamifies the brushing experience by connecting to a smartphone and showing, in real-time, the mouth nooks and crannies a brusher is missing. You can earn points while learning how to brush your teeth properly (and it’s surely a smaller price to pay than future dentist fees after years of improper hygiene).

The second connected device that’s standing out on the floor this year is the Parrot Pot, a robotic pot plant that feeds and looks after itself. It’s a strange concept, yes, but it’s totally something we want, nay, need. The pot plant holds two litres of water and two litres of soil. It works in conjunction with H2O, another device created by Parrot, a US developer that’s been making drones for quite a while now. Every 15 minutes, in order to release the correct amount of water to the living plant, the two devices measure the moisture in the soil, fertilizer levels, as well as temperature and light. We wonder if this will eventually make its way to humans (imagine wearing a fanny pack of nutrients that makes its way into our system as needed, like a portable, near-invisible IV?)