We love a crazy big TV and lightning-fast computer just as much as you do. But rolling out the same tech that is just a pixel superior to last year’s model gets a little, well, boring. Thankfully, these nine fresh ideas broke the mold at CES 2016.
PicoBrew: PicoBrew’s Keurig for beer takes all of the guesswork out of making your own brew at home. Plus, it looks like a sleek barista gadget instead of some PVC pipe meth lab.
Segway Advanced Personal Robots: Finally the hover board can do something besides catch on fire. Segway’s robot can navigate, follow, transport—and more.
SCiO Food Sensor: This pocket-sized unit scans objects such as medicine or foods and gives you the molecular makeup or caloric information.
Fitbit Blaze: Fitbit’s completely redesigned fitness tracker has all the smarts and style of competitors (ahem, Apple watch) but at $200, it won’t hit you as hard in the wallet.
HTC Vive Pre: HTC’s developer version of their virtual reality headset has us rethinking our Oculus Rift pre-orders. A front-facing camera fuses real and virtual worlds for an augmented experience unlike other headsets.
Carl Zeiss Optics Smartglasses: Remember Google Glass? Carl Zeiss’s self-funded smartglass venture provides all of the high-tech projection goodness without making you look like a total dork.
Audio Technica Wireless Turntable with Bluetooth: Audio Technica’s wireless turntable plays your old vinyl through your modern-tech Bluetooth speakers.
Parrot Disco: Parrot’s new drone design is suited for novice flyers—take off, landing, and fly time are all automated so there’s no risk of immediately crashing your new toy.