The annual CES technology took place in Las Vegas NV last week. With it being the biggest consumer electronics fair in the world, you’d expect it to be crammed with the world’s leading technology companies showing off their latest innovative products and they didn’t disappoint. Alongside the biggest companies at the show, there were many innovative start up companies hoping to get a piece of the market with their own products.
In this Blog Post i’ll be guiding you through some of the best and innovative products at CES 2016.
First up the Ehang 184 AAV Passenger Ready Drone.
The Ehang 184 Passenger Ready Drone is not your typical drone it carries an actual human being, yes a human being or a dog if a dog knows how to use it. It looks like Marty McFly and Doc Brown were a tad bit early when it came to people flying around the sky to go pick up some groceries but if this does go into full production and becomes a mainstream in everyday civilian travel, I wouldn’t expect this to happen for at least 10 years. Still it’s a very cool thing to dream of one day having.
With the rise and rise of popularity in drones companies are always coming up with ideas to make drones safer and the user ability easier. At CES 2016 drone manufacturers are showcasing their ideas like using GPS so that drones are able to avoid things such as trees, cars and houses. While using GPS to avoid objects the drones will be using GPS to track your moves as well. As the year progresses the drones will become more lightweight and hopefully the battery powering the drones will start to last longer as a small drone at the moment only lasts between 5-10 minutes flight time and the larger ones last between only 20-30 minutes flight time.
Virtual Reality has come a long way since its appearances in 1980’s Sci-Fi movies. Virtual reality is becoming more a reality and less Sci-Fi as each year passes and 2016 is set to be a big year for virtual reality as many companies plan to release their VR headsets this year.
The Oculus Rift is set to be released in March 2016 in the United States. It has gone through many prototypes since 2013 to get it ready for mass production and release in 2016.
Oculus Rift aim to ‘give you hands’ in virtual reality which would link in with their partnership with Microsoft to provide a VR headset for the Xbox Console. This is a game changer as the player will feel that they are actually in the game instead of just sitting on a chair playing it. With the release of the Oculus headset on Xbox, the headset will come with an Xbox controller and you’ll be able to play games using just the two devices. Xbox are set to release games later in the year to coincide with its release. Upon release in America its set to be $599 for the headset.
In addition to the Oculus/Microsoft, their rival Sony PlayStation are planning on releasing their own VR system in the Summer of 2016, which at the moment is being touted as a cheaper alternative to its rival.
HTC are planning to release their own VR system this year which was showcased at CES 2016. The system has a front facing camera which alerts the user to obstacles in the way when wearing the headset.
Its all very cool and I personally can’t wait to try these products for myself.
Wearable devices have been around for a while now with the Apple Watch being released in 2015 and the ill-fated Google Glasses being a famous failure being maybe the most recognizable wearable devices. Many big companies and start ups alike are coming up with innovative ideas for wearable devices which many were showcased at CES 2016.
The coolest wearable device at this years CES is the Doppler Labs Here Active Listening Earbuds they are wireless earbuds which change your perception of the world around you.
They are paired with a smartphone to remix the sounds you hear in your environment. It lets users filter out or enhance audio frequencies before it reaches the ears. It has a preset for dealing with sounds such as crying babies, background noise such as people chatting, trains and traffic.
It can crank up the bass either on your personal music collection or at a live event such as a concert.
The app is available on iOS and Android and its conducted using the microphone on the phone and a digital signal processor via Bluetooth.
They are expected to be $249 when they go on sale in America.
The Avegant Glyph Personal Theater is another cool device. They may look like headphones but you slide them over your eyes to watch a movie when connected to a compatible HDMI – phone, tablet, PC or console.
The Samsung TabPro S, is a cross between Surface Pro 4 and an iPad Pro it runs on Windows 10. Its really light and thin as a tablet. It runs on the 2-in-1 form. Its just one of many smart devices previewed at CES 2016.