CES 2020 Pepcom: Compostable iPhone Cases, AirPods Pro Cases, Foldable PCs, Fancy Trash Cans and More

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Today is the first official day of CES, and thousands of companies are in Las Vegas demonstrating their newest tech-related products.

At CES, there are several major media events where companies can set up a booth to show off their products, and last night, one such event, Pepcom, took place. MacRumors attended Pepcom, and in our latest YouTube video, we rounded up some of the most interesting devices that we saw.


There were a ton of iPhone accessories on hand at Pepcom, with major manufacturers like Otterbox and Incipio showing off new products. Otterbox demoed its iPhone cases with built-in pop sockets, a set of new Apple Watch bumper cases, and the OtterSpot Wireless Chargers that combine wireless chargers with power banks.


Incipio was showing off its new Organicore cases, which are made from compostable plant-based materials that are designed to break down within six months at an industrial composting site, making them some of the most environmentally friendly cases on the market.


Griffin, Incipio's parent company, highlighted its new super small GaN USB-C power adapters, available in 30W, 45W, and 96W varieties. GaN power adapters are known for being much smaller than traditional power adapters and they're great for saving space.


Case maker Catalyst was on hand to show off its case options for the iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods, including the newest Catalyst case for the AirPods Pro. Catalyst makes multiple cases for the AirPods Pro, ranging from cases offering full protection to a minimal single band model.


Unsurprisingly, there were multiple headphone manufacturers at the show highlighting new wire-free headphone options. Jabra, for example, was showing off its new Elite 75T Active earbuds featuring a more durable coating for better water and sweat resistance.


Lenovo had one of the more interesting booths focusing on its Thinkpad X1 Fold, a PC with a 13.3-inch foldable OLED display. The Thinkpad X1 Fold combines the functionality of a smartphone, tablet, and PC into one, and it can be used in multiple different ways depending on how it's folded.


Beyond Apple related accessories, there were plenty of zany tech products that fit into the "does anyone really need this?" category. The Juno, a prototype beverage machine, can cool or heat a drink super quickly. Put in a soda or a bottle of wine, and it chills it in just two minutes using a spinning mechanism. Watching the demo was neat, but Juno is an Indiegogo project that's not a reality at this time.


For parents, 4moms was showing off the mamaRoo, a smart bassinet that can be controlled with an iPhone, allowing you to rock and soothe a baby from afar.


The Townew trash can is designed to make it easier to take out the trash by sealing up a bag once it's full. Just pop in a bag, fill it up with trash, tap the button, seal it up, and dispose. It's a good idea for those who hate dealing with trash.


Moen demonstrated a smart faucet that's able to dispense a specific amount of water at an exact temperature using a voice command, which was neat. The water runs until it reaches the desired temperature, and then when done, you can wave a hand over the faucet to automatically fill your cup. This faucet works with Alexa and Google Assistant rather than HomeKit, but we'll be showing off some HomeKit-enabled Moen accessories later this week.


Stay tuned to MacRumors because we're going to be doing daily videos featuring everything notable that we come across at CES. The last two videos have focused on events, but for the next few days, we'll be featuring content from the show floor, which opened up today.

Check out our CES Unveiled video and article that we shared yesterday, and for all of our CES content, visit our CES 2020 hub.

Article Link: CES 2020 Pepcom: Compostable iPhone Cases, AirPods Pro Cases, Foldable PCs, Fancy Trash Cans and More
 

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The more I see wireless earbuds that look like the Jabra 75T, the more I understand why Apple went with the "stem" design that so many of us (myself included) initially ridiculed.

Plugs like the Jabra (and the Sony WF-1000XM3) look like some weird, high-tech wine cork has been implanted into a person's ears. 😅

The AirPods, meanwhile, more closely resemble smaller, wired earbuds — just minus the wires. Housing some of the electronics in the stem allowed Apple to achieve that more familiar look. And with the AirPod Pros, of course, the stem is shorter and even less conspicuous. 😎
 

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Moen demonstrated a smart faucet that's able to dispense a specific amount of water at an exact temperature using a voice command, which was neat. The water runs until it reaches the desired temperature, and then when done, you can wave a hand over the faucet to automatically fill your cup.
Drinking hot water out of a water heater - which is basically what is being described here - is not considered a good idea. Water from the water heater is relatively high in metal and other contaminants.
 
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I see a lot of junk but not a single small smartphone. These guys don't have a clue what to do...
 

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The compostable cases are a good idea as there is enough waste out there.

The more I see wireless earbuds that look like the Jabra 75T, the more I understand why Apple went with the "stem" design that so many of us (myself included) initially ridiculed.

Plugs like the Jabra (and the Sony WF-1000XM3) look like some weird, high-tech wine cork has been implanted into a person's ears. 😅

The AirPods, meanwhile, more closely resemble smaller, wired earbuds — just minus the wires. Housing some of the electronics in the stem allowed Apple to achieve that more familiar look. And with the AirPod Pros, of course, the stem is shorter and even less conspicuous. 😎
Yeah, initially the AirPods looked weird, now we're so used to them they look like old earbuds as you say.
The Jabra are cheaper than the AirPods Pro but I wonder about the quality of the mic, I do take a lot of phone calls and AirPods (have the first gen) are really great. To me calls are as important as sound quality, sometimes I read reviews about AirPods competitors and maybe they sound better, but have worse mics.
 

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The Townew trash can is designed to make it easier to take out the trash by sealing up a bag once it's full. Just pop in a bag, fill it up with trash, tap the button, seal it up, and dispose. It's a good idea for those who hate dealing with trash.
Only works if you buy their bags. Fine if you're prepared to pay their tech premium. Not so fine when they go bust, as so many tech startups do.