The 5 most exciting gadgets from CES
There are all kinds of things to grab your attention at the world’s biggest tech show CES. Held annually in Las Vegas, there are gadgets everywhere, new tech in everything, and so hundreds of people from across the world gravitate to it to see what the future of electronics world has to offer.
Among all the crazy ideas for new tech, there are bound to be some that stand high above the rest. Some of the gadgets gives us a glimpse of the future of tech. While the rest are a long list of things we didn’t know we needed until we found out they existed. So here are 5 gadgets that we think deserved our undivided attention:
LG 98” 8K TV
Starting off big, our first pick of the tech showcased at CES 2016 is the glorious LG 98” 8K TV. Now, while this isn’t the first 8K TV to be unveiled, it’s definitely the most notable. The launch reinforces LG’s commitment to be at the forefront of ultra-high definition and its push to make these products available sooner to us mere mortals sooner rather than later.
While most of the general public might still be trying to wrap their head around 4K TV’s – and maybe even struggling to imagine how good 8K resolution is (think 16x the resolution of your normal HD TV), these TVs could be available sooner than we might even be ready for, with the broadcast industry still struggling to keep up with the 4K channels.
Virtual Reality is finally here, and arguably the most interesting consumer tech being developed today. People have been excited for this for years , and if there is any sign that this is the future, Facebook spending $2 billion to acquire it should say enough. Pre-orders for the Oculus Rift headset were made available on January 6, 2016 at the cool price of $599.
While most of the internet raged over the cost, it does needs to be stressed that with the device’s premium VR performance, the Oculus Rift may very well just be the saviour of VR with an experience that could define the future of gaming tech. Where do we sign up?
CHEVY BOLT EV
GM has introduced their response to Tesla and it is every bit worth it. While not a direct competitor in terms of speed, with the Chevy Bolt is seemly designed with comfort given more importance than performance, the Chevy Bolt will be affordable than Tesla’s fleet at a price set at under $30k. With more than 200 miles of range in one charging and 0-60 miles per hour in under 7 seconds the Chevy Bolt looks really promising. It may not be an exciting car in the classic sense but it is exciting in its own Bolt way, and is definitely something to look out for this year if GM can deliver on its promise to have them available by the end of this year.
KODAK FILM CAMERA
Taking hipster culture to the next level, the famed camera brand, Kodak, announced the reintroduction of a gadget that was first announced in 1964. The gadget is a Kodak camera that uses actual 8mm film. The Kodak Digital Analogue Hybrid Super 8mm film camera may not be new in the true sense of the word, but it does give us an insight into the market, and how film, just like vinyl, is making a comeback. With all these incredible tech coming into the market place, it’s an ironic breath of fresh air to see a call back to the analogue days. The camera combines modern digital technology, in a stylish camera, with a real 8mm film where creators can feel the art they’re creating, and an entire ecosystem to support the conversion of film to digital. The cameras are expected to have a limited edition release by fall.
For more of an everyday practical use, CES saw the introduction of Ember – a temperature adjustable mug. Hot beverage enthusiasts can rejoice, because now they can enjoy their favourite hot beverage at exactly the right temperature for up to two hours on the go, or you can keep it at the right temperature all day if you use the charger. The mug also comes with an app available on Android and the iOS that can allow you save pre-sets for all your favourite drinks, and adjust the current temperature, which can also be done by adjusting the dial below the mug.