//CES 2020 WIRED Liveblog: Smart Vibrator, Robot Arms, and More from CES

CES 2020 WIRED Liveblog: Smart Vibrator, Robot Arms, and More from CES

Tali is a smart motorcycle helmet, and it will have to be for the price. When $500 can buy you a Shoei RF-1200—all the full-face motorcycle helmet you’d ever need—asking $800-1,000 for a helmet lands you square in the premium section of the market. To the Tali’s credit, it comes with features you usually have to add as aftermarket accessories to most helmets, such as in-helmet speakers and intercom and a photochromic visor that darkens as the sun shines brighter. If you link it to the Tali app on your phone, you can use voice commands to make calls, change music, and hear navigation directions without having to mount your phone to your handlebars or fumble with volume controls.

The helmet’s most eye-catching feature are its integrated lights. They mimic those on the motorcycle and can synchronize through a built-in Bluetooth 4.0 connection. When you flick on the bike’s headlight(s), the white light on the front of the helmet also lights up. The taillight/brake light activates the helmet’s red rear light, and yellow lights on either side flash along with the turn signals.

Tali’s in the process of snagging DOT and CE safety certifications from the U.S. and European Union, respectively. Helmets in the U.S., and much of the world, don’t need to be safety rated to be street-legal, but it’s certainly nice!

I was dying to test it out to see how it performed, but the concept at CES wasn’t fully functional, so I’ll have to wait until we get closer to the planned launch at the end of this year. You can learn more about it here.

—Matt Jancer

Charge Three Things at Once

Nomad Base Station Pro wireless charger
Nomad Base Station Pro wireless chargerPhotograph: Julian Chokkattu

Everyone makes wireless chargers—hell, even PopSockets has one—but the Base Station Pro from Nomad is different. Traditional wireless chargers require you to place your phone, watch, or wireless earbuds case exactly in the right spot. A little bit to the left? You might wake up to a dead phone that didn’t charge. Nomad’s wireless charger uses new technology called FreePower from a company called Aira, and it’s wireless charging rebuilt from the ground up.

On this particular device, you can place up to three devices on it (it’s Qi certified), but you don’t need to be precise—just pop your phone or device anywhere on the mat, and it’ll juice up (each device will be capped at 5 watts). Even better, traditional wireless chargers use up a good deal of energy during the day, even when you’re not charging anything; with FreePower, energy waste is next to nothing.