Las Vegas’s annual Consumer Electronics Show never fails to introduce loads of new gadgets you didn’t know existed but totally need, and 2015 was no exception. Gimmicky? Maybe. But bendable tech and beer-cooling speakers still have us saying, “yes, please!” Click through for highlights that will make you forget you even heard the words “Apple” or “Watch.”
360Fly: 360Fly changes the sports camera game big time. The small, mountable sphere has panoptic recording capabilities to capture every angle of your sick tricks. View and edit all 360 degrees of awesomeness in the handy mobile app. $499, available for preorder at 360fly.com.
Samsung 105” Bendable TV: Bigger and bendier is definitely a trend of 2015. Samsung’s newest has all the bells and whistles—from 4K resolution to an internal re-mastering engine. Oh, and not to mention a theater-grade widescreen that curves on command. Price and availability TBA.
LG G Flex 2: Unlike the iPhone 6 Plus, LG intended for their new phablet to be curved. The bold design isn’t the only appealing feature—a gesture-controlled 13 mpx camera and 5.5-inch high-definition P-OLED screen also stand out. Price and availability TBA.
Kube Speaker: A chic cube that chills your beer, pumps out jams and charges your devices all in one; that’s what the future looks like, folks. This 8-gallon cooler is fitted with Polk Audio speakers so when it comes to messing around, it isn’t messing around. $1,100, available for preorder at kubesound.com.
Peri Duo Case: The Peri Duo Case solves two of your biggest iPhone qualms. Need more juice? Crave better sound? Boom. This unique gadget is a charging case and Bluetooth/Wifi speaker in one. $139, available for preorder at indiegogo.com.
Devialet Phantom: Phantom is the new standard for hi-tech engineering and pure, powerful sound. French brand Devialet poured 10 years of research into this self-contained speaker and subwoofer that sounds better than bulky competitors. $1,999, available for preorder at devialet.com.
Oculus Rift Crescent Bay: Oculus unveiled Crescent Bay, possibly the first consumer-ready prototype of the long-awaited virtual reality headset, the Rift. In terms of logistics, Crescent Bay gives you a fully immersed VR experience without making you puke. Price and availability TBA.
Razer OSVR Hacker Dev Kit: Not to be outdone, established gaming brand Razer unveiled their take on the virtual reality headset. Not only is it super affordable, but the open source model invites hackers and tech-geeks to get creative with the hardware design, making the possibilities endless. $199, available in June at razerzone.com.
ZANO: Forget your seflie stick, this palm-sized drone takes your narcissism to new heights. Positioning sensors allow the ZANO to autonomously fly, avoid obstacles and maintain an aerial position to get the perfect photos or video footage. $220, preorder at flyzano.com.
Netatmo Welcome: Yet another addition to Netatmo’s beautifully designed iOS gadgets, Welcome uses facial recognition software to send notifications alerting homeowners when family members or unknown visitors are detected. Here’s hoping it is used primarily for good, not ev-il. Price and availability TBA.
Fuel 3D Scanify: Yeah, 3D printers are cool, but you can only print a plastic cube so many times before boredom sets in. Fuel 3D’s Scanify is here to help. The first point-and-shoot 3D scanner let’s you transform complex multi-dimensional subjects into digital renderings for graphic art, animation or 3D printing models. $1,490, available for preorder at fuel-3d.com.
Chef Jet: Taking it a step further, printable food is now a thing. Chef Jet is a 3D printer that prints intricate candy and sugar designs that would make Willy Wonka’s head spin. If only we could get it to start making burgers. Price and availability TBA.
IO Hawk: Your future transportation comes in the form of a slightly edgier Segway. IO Hawk is a self-balancing skateboard that boasts a 10 to 12 mile range at a modest 6 mph, making it the choice of really lazy nerds everywhere. $1,799, available for preorder at iohawk.com.
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2: Lenovo’s Yoga 2 is quite possibly the most versatile gadget CES had to offer. Not only is it a tablet/laptop hybrid that can stand, tilt and hang, but AnyPen technology let’s you use virtually anything as a stylus: Slim Jim, screwdriver or… we’ll stop there. $229.99+, available at lenovo.com.
Sony Walkman ZX2: Sleek matte black casing and pebbled leather details are a far cry from the ubiquitous yellow blob of yesteryear. The ZX2 was designed with discerning audiophiles in mind—and at over $1,100, it’d better sound damn good. $1,119.99, availability TBA.
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