This year, The International Consumer Electronics Show, CES 2016, is expected to be huge! This business rep only electronics expo is the top spot where all the hottest and most innovative consumer electronic devices are presented to industry leaders. It is the place where all those who live and breathe consumer electronics flock to see what’s new, what’s weird, what’s amazing, and what is going to change the modern world as we know it- and there’s plenty to see!
Over 3,600 corporations will be in attendance from heavy hitters like Sony to innovators in healthcare tech like ReWalk and uMoove, as well as suppliers of Internet content and delivery systems. This year, over 200 conference sessions scheduled to showcase some of the most fascinating and promising items expected to hit the shelves in 2016.
If you’re disappointed that only corporate reps are though, don’t lose heart. There are going to be hundreds of live streams going on that you will be able to view online. How appropriate.
Quite frankly, there isn’t going to be much at the electronics expo that won’t be incredibly flashy. There’s going to be devices for just about every type of activity you can imagine, enough wearable tech to build a bionic suit from, and probably a boatload of things you don’t even know you need. If that’s the problem with the CES expo there’s just too much amazing tech. We tried to narrow down our favorites to five and give them a decent , but that didn’t properly reflect the sheer enormity of the event. So we thought the apt thing to do would be to give you a rundown of 25 of the most exciting pieces of kit that will be on the showroom floor at this year’s show.
The BoomStick is a one of a kind device that plugs into the audio headphone jack in your iPhone, tablet, audio player, or whatever you use to play music and makes it sound, how shall we put this… it makes your music sound absolutely fantastic! It does rather than boosting bitrates, a fact that’s left many audiophiles feeling skeptical. But you’ll have a chance to test drive the BoomStick at retailers this summer.
There aren’t too many gadgets that you can just stick on another gated and expect to be impressed. The Movi, however, is one of them. This impressive little camera turns your iPhone into a fully mobile movie making crew and studio. It comes with a very versatile camera, and an app with a whole host of movie editing features that can turn a talented videographer into a YouTube sensation.
Somewhere in the world is a mile high pile of junked VR controllers. The Samsung Rink, however, will not be one of them. This next-gen hand-motion controller for mobile virtual reality devices is the most intuitive and nuanced VR controller not produced by a secret military project. It’s completely wireless and deadly accurate.
Want to track your health data but don’t want to look like somebody escaping house arrest? Samsung’s WELT is a practical and ordinary looking leather belt and unassuming silver buckle with an onboard haptic tracking suite that does everything you want from a health tech device. The Welt takes all this data and feeds it into an app that cooks all the numbers into a fitness program for the wearer.
Samsung HW-K950 Soundbar
Samsung is taking next generation audio enhancement and surround sound tech into the land of all things mobile and small with its new line of speakers that look like high tech vases. These decorative can be arraigned in just about any way you like with their compact size, wireless deployment, and streamline appearance. It design characteristics promise to make this one of the world’s most versatile sound systems.
Samsung Portable SSD T3
If you’re like me, you want the ability to flee the country at a moment’s notice with a few hundred movies and a hundred-thousand songs in your jacket pocket- the revolution. The Samsung Solid State Drive SSD T3 is tops for just that. With no moving parts and 250 to 500 gigs of storage- the most dependable device for backing up your data is now also the most compact.
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet
Fans of mobile computing will be craning their necks to catch a glimpse of Lenovo’s three new X1 tablet computers, all of which come with almost half a day of battery life, exquisite resolution and a host of advanced features. This slick little item is running an Intel core with an m7 processor for power that some of desktops would have trouble keeping up with.
Acer Ultra-Wide USB-C Monitors
Never content to be ordinary, Acer will be presenting its new line of Ultra-Wide USB monitors that are going to make movie buffs and art gurus drool all over their keyboards with razor thinness, definition boosting screen-curve, and eye-strain reduction technology. The IPS1 technology in these monitors allows for viewing vectror which will make it a lot easier to make runs to the fridge.
Acer Chromebook 11
Acer seeks to make Macintosh look like your father’s computer this year with its new nano-imprinted textured aluminum, ruggedized ruggedized nano-imprinted textured aluminum, ruggedized ruggedized Chromebook with a 9 hour battery and an internal layout so slick- no cooling fan is needed. Its 15 inch display and 4GB memory and 32GB eMMC making us regret every purchase made before now.
Mio Slice Fitness Trackers
For those who want to show off their fitness-tech savvy, the Mio-Slice is a colorful way to do it. These brightly colored haptics tracking bracelets come in a rainbow of colors, sport a big plush display, and will help you to keep tabs on your steps taken, distance, calories used, sleep time and quality as well as your heart rate.
Honeywell Lyric HomeKit Thermostat
For those whose homes seem a bit on the uneducated there are smart devices like Honeywell’s HomeKit Thermostat which enables you to control the heat in your house remotely so that you never have to walk into a cold house on a wintery day. The app makes it possible to let the system run within parameters that you set for it automatically.
ASUS ZenFone Zoom
Photophiles who are tired of lugging around big heavy Nikon armpit cannons and don’t want to have to wait to tweet exquisite images to whatever photo magazine editor they are stalking at the moment will the ZenFone Zoom which is an excruciatingly sophisticated and painfully tiny automatic zoom para-scope jammed into a high-end.
DJI Phantom 3 4K
For those aching to be listed on a terrorist watch list whilst making insanely beautiful photos and films, the DJI Phantom 3 4K is the belated Christmas gift of choice. This quad-screw drone tops out the specs for this type of device so resoundingly, yours might be able to evade capture by Homeland Security.
DJI Inspire 1 Pro Black Edition
For those who are slightly more serious about image quality, this drone is the drone for you. It’s a little faster than the Phantom, a little more maneuverable- and has a far superior camera. Slightly better aerodynamics, retractable landing gear, and imaging software make this zippy creature Michael Bay’s new Mini Me.
If you’re in a support group for those suffering the absence of real that don’t explode, the blink board might catch your eye. It’s a fully fly-by-wire electric skateboard that will have you schooling the kids in any college town you choose to shred. The BLINK’s 1500W motor will get up going at 15 mph, (which is much faster than it sounds when you’re on those bumpy sidewalks. Use the ACTION app to record your exploits in shredding.
Polar Balance Scale
Calories counters get an upgrade this year with the Polar Balance Smart Scale which comes with fitness apps and can track your fitness in ways that will make your personal trainer weep. Track your progress, monitor weight trends and BMI with its wireless sync that recruits your other devices to conspire in keeping you fit.
The Portal Router
This Next-Gen WiFi system solves problems no other WiFi device has solved yet. Name a WiFi glitch that’s got yours in a twist and Portal fixes it. Really. The Patent pending tech makes Portal WiFi 3 times faster than today’s best connections using a 5GHz frequency to get you wasting time so fast- you won’t be.
Parrot Disco Drone
Not impressed with boring copter drones? Try a fixed wing, fast, maneuverable, and ruggedized stunt drone with a 14-mega-pixel camera and automatic landing capability. You’re welcome. Modeled after a US special forces mini combat drone, this bird is tough enough to go anywhere, land anywhere and take thrilling footage of anything.
Parrot Bebop 2
If you like the Parrot Disco, why not shove its head on a traditional copter drone platform? Surely, you’re going to want to hold that camera still once in a while- that’s what the Bebop is for. Even tougher than the Disco drone, Bebop comes with 25 minutes of flight time with 2700 mAh battery and a reinforced body.
Lenovo Yoga 900S
Many people debate whether or not machines can become sentient. Others go further to wonder, can a machine achieve enlightenment. One look at Lenovo’s ultra slim, mega slick and powerful Yoga 900S convertible laptop and you’ll know the answer. Powered by the latest Intel Core i7 processors, this ultra slim laptop should probably be handled with gloves, because it is sharp.
Lenovo IdeaCentre 610S
The IdeaCentre 610S looks like a small robot but it’s actually a desktop computer with a wireless projector instead of a traditional screen monitor. It’s beefy enough for anything short of serious gaming and its handsome compact design makes it a fine addition to any room. The projected image isn’t going to compete with today’s flashiest screens, but its 720p resolution and 220 lumens is more than good enough for casual viewing..
Acer Liquid Jade Primo
This next-gen smart phone is designed around Windows 10 to keep the pace with all the latest demands of online navigation and comes with a jaw-dropping 21-mega-pixel camera. This 5.5 inch smartphone offers a 1,920×1,080-pixel full-HD AMOLED display over top of a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor which has abilities that Acer is waiting for a climactic moment to reveal.
Sleep Number IT Bed
As seen on TV. But this time it comes with Smart technology to monitor your sleep quality and respond to your sleeping patterns. Its biometric sensors and SleepIQ technology put the bed in charge of your comfort levels, which- let’s be honest- you could never be trusted with in the first place.
If you thought you’ve seen everything a thermometer can do, you haven’t seen the WiThings Thermo. Using a host of innovative heat sensing technology, the Thermo gives you the most accurate temperature readings possible outside of a NASA machining lab. And it’s got WiFi because, why not?
Omron Blood Pressure Monitor Watch
Omron has been leading the way in medical sensors for years. Now they are offering a watch that monitors your blood pressure and can achieve higher accuracy than those pneumatic ones they still use in hospitals.