Navigating the seemingly endless displays at CES can become as complicated as figuring out some of the mechanics of the technology itself. Think of a slick idea and there are probably already a few dozen forms of it appearing somewhere. Still, truly imaginative stuff manages to stand out—and here 10 ideas, trends and products that really caught our attention.
Samsung Smart Fridge: If you’re mesmerized by the latest smartphones and tablets, wait till this $5,000 icebox hits the market. It features built-in Wi-Fi connectivity that enables you to do things like pull up a recipe on its touch screen with voice instructions and view items inside through a smartphone app. You’ll never forget to pick up milk again!
EHang 184 Drone: What’s the next step in the world of drones? Apparently, navigating one of the high-tech flying camera machines as a passenger rather than on the ground. The Chinese company EHang seems to think so based on the all the work they’ve put into engineering this human-sized flying machine.
Next-Gen Car Interiors: From Volkswagen to Jeep, it’s clear that super high-tech interiors will soon become the norm in production vehicles. Several automotive concepts displayed at the show highlighted new technologies that swap out those traditional buttons and knobs for touch screen and gesture controlled functionalities.
Virtual Reality Overload: Everyone from Facebook to Sony had attendees flocking to check out different approaches to VR tech. Even with Facebook’s Oculus Rift headset now available for pre-order and others like Sony’s PlayStation VR and HTC’s coming soon, questions remain about the viability of the technology in the real world.
TVs in Living Color: Think watching one of those epic Game of Thrones fight scenes couldn’t get any better? The next generation of high-tech TVs—like LG’s 8K UHD Smart TV—uses technology like the HDR Plus technology for richer color and enhanced brightness, bringing battles to life in your living room.
Playing Up the Classics: While the trend might not be brand new, it’s still pretty cool to see classic music players getting modern updates. Take Ion’s Air LP, for example; it streams those old vinyl collectibles to any Bluetooth device.
FFZero 1: Sure, the general consensus is that it looks a lot like the Batmobile. That didn’t stop us and practically everyone else at CES from drooling over the FFZero 1 concept. The sleek, low-profile all-electric racecar is clearly a best-in-show candidate.
Electric Scooters: If you’ve been holding out on the idea of a hoverboard, you might want to consider the Powerocks S1 instead. It requires a lot less skill than its popular counterpart—meaning you’re less likely to end up looking ridiculous on Vine.
Fashionable Personal Devices: From companies like Terrain to another named after the legendary reggae artist Bob Marley, the trend of custom offerings for accessories like designer cell phone cases and USB cords continues to grow with no end in sight.
Mercedes-Benz “Concept IAA”: Mercedes-Benz had CES attendees buzzing with the “Concept IAA” (Intelligent Aerodynamic Automobile). The vehicle, which first premiered at IAA Cars in 2015, switches automatically from design mode to aerodynamic mode when the sedan reaches about 50 mph… transforming the shape of the car.
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