CES 2017: The Best Of The Best

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ShadeCraft's Sunflower

Smart home gadgets riddled the show floor at CES, but one new connected device towered over the rest – Sunflower, a "smart" patio shade.

Los Angeles-based ShadeCraft's solar powered smart patio umbrella can do a lot more than keep the sun out of your eyes. This umbrella comes with integrated security cameras, Bluetooth-enabled speakers, a microphone, and lights – all of which operate wirelessly and are solar powered.

Sunflower also contains built-in sensors monitoring UV levels, humidity, temperature and air quality – so the umbrella knows when to automatically retract itself or reposition as the sun shifts throughout the day. At this point, Sunflower is only in the prototype stage, but the umbrella will hit the market in 2018.

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