Every year various giants and innovators in the technology industry come together for the gadget bonanza known as CES (Consumer Electronics Expo). For four days various companies showcase the best and sometimes strangest products as well as impending technologies that they have to offer. This year was no exception, as we were greeted with a plethora of amazing tech, ranging from cars and drones, to AR/VR headsets and refrigerators (yes refrigerators). Now that the dust has finally settled we have put together some of the best gadgets that you will be crazy not to get your hands on.
1. Parrot Disco
We just had to start with one of gadgets that has the internet abuzz lately. Introducing the Parrot Disco Drone; this relatively light (700-gram) drone sports a sleek design which is easily distinguished from the regular quadcopter clunky designs of the majority of current drones available. The Parrot Disco boasts up to 45 minutes of flight time and can achieve speeds of up to 50 mph. The drone also comes equipped with a front mounted 1080p megapixel camera and standard sensors such as accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer, barometer and GPS. Unfortunately there is no pricing information as of yet but it is expected to be shipped sometime this year, so we won’t have to wait too long to get our hands on it.
2. Sony PSH-X500 Turntable
Another product that has been generating a lot of talk at CES 2016 is the Sony PSH-X500 direct-to-digital turntable. This is sure to be appealing to LP collectors as Sony is offering a way for owners to convert vinyl to Sony’s high resolution audio format, DSD with 5.6 MHz native conversion. This digital record player comes with a built in pre-amp allowing the device to be plugged into any sound system with the need for an external amplifier. Playing vinyl has also become more modern as the PSH-X500 comes with USB digital output to a Mac or PC for ripping, backing up and preserving digital audio. Not only does it come with useful features and an awesome design, it is also reasonably priced at around $600.
3. Lenovo Project Tango Phone
It wouldn’t be CES without the showcasing of a phone or two. Lenovo and Google are hoping to break new ground with their latest offering, the Lenovo Project Tango Phone. This device is being touted as the world’s first Project Tango enabled device for consumers. Google’s Project Tango is basically technology that is able to map inside spaces in real-time by using a combination of sensors and cameras. According to Google, “app developers can transform your home into a game level, or create a magic window into virtual and augmented environments. Project Tango-enabled devices can recognize places they’ve been before, like your living room, the office, or public spaces.” The Lenovo Project Tango phone is said to have a screen size of less than 6.5 inches and is slated for a summer release at a price of about $500.
4. Samsung’s Family Hub Refrigerator
As we mentioned earlier there were refrigerators on display. The Samsung Family Hub Refrigerator has been classified as a “smart fridge” and seeks to revolutionize the way use the kitchen. The refrigerator comes with a huge 21.5 inch Gorilla Glass touchscreen panel on the upper right door. This appliance is equipped with a host of sensors that detect your presence in close proximity to activate the touchscreen and even open the refrigerator doors. Inside the fridge, several cameras are installed to monitor the goods stored to determine whether or not you need to replenish specific food items or if food items are nearing their expiry date. The Samsung’s Family Hub Refrigerator is hoping to get ahead of its competition, the LG Signature Fridge, but will have some work to do coming in at a price point of $5000. The release date is expected to be spring this year.
5. Garmin’s Varia Vision
Remember Google Glass? Perhaps it’s better not to. Well another company is taking a stab at augmented reality glasses with the presentation of the Garmin Varia Vision. The Varia Vision is targeted at cyclists and mounts on the frame of your sunglasses. It has the ability to display cycling stats, traffic information and directions. The Varia Vision and its associated technology can easily be expanded beyond cycling and can be useful for runners, drivers and other everyday tasks. The device is currently inexpensively priced at $400 and is being released in the first quarter of 2016.
So there we have it! It was difficult to narrow down all the exciting products on show but we think this summarizes the best of what was offered. If CES was any indication, 2016 looks like an exciting year for gadget lovers; we recommend that you keep a close eye on your wallet!