LAS VEGAS – A connected shoe that can send a message to your relatives if you fall down is cool – it brings function to the concept of connected footwear and can help save lives.

This new kind of shoe tops our list of the five coolest things we saw at CES (formerly known as the Consumer Electronics Show), at least so far.

Here are the highlights from the show that opened with a press preview Sunday night:

• Smart belts and shoes: The shoes with built-in sensors come with a different pricing model. They’re available on a subscription basis, at $35 monthly, or just over $400 yearly from a French firm named E-Vone. The company says consumers get a new pair every year for the price. That compares to $400 as the entry-level pricing for the Apple Watch, Series 4, which also has fall detection.

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