There was much hype building up to the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this year and with due reason, for CES is the international annual destination for all things personal tech.
Startups and titans alike historically gather for this weeklong conference that has been hosted in Las Vegas for the past 38 years. Journalists, salespeople, developers, celebrities -- and more, indiscriminately unite in search of opportunity.
From wearables meant to facilitate everyday tasks to Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality headsets, 3D printers, drones, food scanners and cars of the future -- CES had it all. Here are some of the most awe-worthy innovations:
Built by the Chinese company UAV company EHang, this artifact is a human-sized drone capable of carrying a person for 23 minutes at a speed of 60 MPH. The drone is also autonomous and stood out amongst the many other drone models displayed at the convention this year.
EHang promises a future in which roads are replaced with skyways full of this aircraft, seamlessly delivering people to their destinations. Unfortunately, there are still many logistical and legal hurdles to overcome before EHang’s promise of a traffic-less future becomes reality. Among these are questions on how the drone will be able to communicate with other aircraft in the sky and whether or not its automated settings will qualify as safe.
A Hover Board by Lexus
Lexus unveiled a real hover board. Yes real. The device is said to use magnetic levitation and liquid nitrogen cooled superconductors and permanent magnets to achieve the hover flight. Originally unveiled late last year, the hover board created much hype but was criticized for only functioning in a controlled and magnetized environment.
Nonetheless, Lexus proudly presented their hover board at CES this year. Time will tell if the company will be able to translate the hovering effect of their board across environments and allow us to unleash our inner Marty McFly.
Uber actually launched its Uber Chopper program a few years ago to cater to events like the Cannes Film Festival and Coachella. Uber Chopper may not become as mainstream as the original Uber for automobiles, but the convenience and novelty of being able to summons a chopper with your smartphone to the nearest helipad will not wear off soon. Time will tell if Uber Chopper will help make flight a bigger part of urban transportation... for those that can absorb the cost that is.
SCiO Food Scanner
A pocket sized bluetooth capable of revealing the nutritional value of the foods you are about to consume. From French startup DietSensor and developed with the help of Consumer Physics, the device uses near-infrared spectroscopy (the analysis of how molecules interact with light) to determine the fat content, carbs and more of food. The perfect solution for those with severe food allergies for everything from carbs and calories to the chemical composition of food is revealed with this sensor.
LG showcased a rollable 18-inch, 1-millimeter-thick OLED display prototype capable of playing live video as it rolls up. Although the capabilities are limited for now, the company foresees being able to roll up television displays that you can pick up and carry with you within a few years.
Oculus Rift & HTC Vive Pre
Oculus VR is finally shipping the consumer version of the Oculus Rift VR headset. For its part, HTC does not disappoint as it debuted HTC Vive Pre, whose front-facing camera offers users the convenience of being able to see the world upfront as they wander through a virtual reality.
Both technologies offer incredibly immersive experiences that really make you feel like you've been transported into another world.
Chevy revealed the first fully electric and practical vehicle at CES this year. With a combining high range of 200-plus miles, plenty of passenger space and a relatively affordable price, the Chevy Bolt is set to be a turning point in the story of the electric car. Gasoline expenses will not be missed.
Netflix goes global
Last but certainly not least was Reed Hasting’s announcement that Netflix has gone global. Announcing that Netflix is now available in over 130 countries (save for China), has positioned the company as the future of television and the world’s first truly global TV service.
Internet of Things (IoT)
CES 2016 refreshed in the mind of event-goers that with technology, anything is possible. The IoT sector didn't fall behind. Although hundreds of devices in this category were unveiled at CES this year, Ziro, the world's first hand-controlled robotics kit is worthy of mention. An upcoming motion control system from Zero UI, Ziro allows users to build and control robotic creations using a groundbreaking smartglove. We can't wait to see this technology become more refined over the next few years and its opportunities for application.
While things like VR and drones are at their initial stages, we are glad that CES 2016 nonetheless presented innovative twists on this tech. We hope you enjoyed this post. For those who attended CES, what was the technology at the top of your list that didn’t make it on this post? The Lolay team wants to know! Tweet or contact us online today.
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