5 Cool Gadgets From CES 2016
The week after CES is often filled with events more exciting than the exhibition itself – as tech magazines and reporters start naming their favourites and laughing away devices that were not quite there yet.
Here’s a brief recap of some of the most interesting gadgets at CES 2016. From smart living to leaving smart, this year’s show seemed to have covered it all.
Samsung Family Hub Refrigerator
Kitchenware may not be your typical contender at the Best CES Gadget Awards, but Samsung’s new imaginative refrigerator started making headlines long before the exhibition officially started. The Family Hub is a smart appliance with lots of cool features – but what got the people talking is the huge touchscreen on the fridge’s door. The 21.5 inch HD display lets you leave notes for your family, set reminders and more. The fridge is even equipped with connected cameras so that you can always check what’s missing from the fridge as you do your grocery shopping.
LG Roll-up Flexible Screen
Think you’ve been watching too much TV? Just roll it up! LG introduced a 1,200 by 810 pixels flexible and foldable screen. The tech behind the screen is, understandably, a secret. What we know is that the crucial leap has been from LED to OLED. O means organic and gets rid of the necessity of the back panel to provide light to the screen – thus, allowing it to bend. There are lots of potential applications to the new display – but there is a wait to endure. The flexible screen is still in the project stage and it might be a while until we can really roll things up.
OmBra – Smart Sports Bra
Wearables may be getting old, but there is an underwearble that brought new attention to the industry. OmBra tracks your activity, heart rate, breathing and – like any good wearable – sends the info straight to your phone app. The sensors are built directly into the fabric and there is a plastic Bluetooth box that can be attached to the band of the bra. The bra was the talk of the week and can add a whole new dimension to the wearable tech.
3D Printed Urn
A lot of us believe that at the end of our days our lives should be celebrated, not mourned about. Now, this dream is closer to reality – and your family and friends will even have the right accessories do make it happen. Foreverence is the name behind the tech, and the tech is a 3D printed urn. The urns can take the shape of anything the deceased might have liked during his or her lifetime or enjoy spending an eternity in. Several samples illustrated this message on the show floor: a replica of a space shuttle for a former NASA engineer, a race car for the passed away Formula 1 driver and more.
Ehang Passenger Drone
The Chinese drone manufacturer caused quite a stir with the unveiling of its high-flying 500-pound drone – a perfectly functional transportation device for humans. According to the manufacturer, the device can fly for up to 62 miles per hour, carry one person and swoosh the sky for approximately 23 minutes. The drone is electrically powered and is, obviously, not legal in the US.