6 smart gadgets to kick off 2016 ahead of CES 2016 in Las Vegas
This week will see the latest technology trends unveiled at the world’s biggest consumer electronics event, CES, in Las Vegas.
The show, which will feature over 3,600 tech companies and over 150,000 delegates, will showcase new services in computers, phones, wearable gadgets, virtual reality and smart car technology.
Ahead of the main product launches, here are six nifty gadgets already announced at the opening CES Unveiled curtain-raiser.
1. 3D Rudder
Virtual reality is set to be one of the big themes of CES. While we wait for the big announcements from Oculus, Sony or HTC, 3D Rudder has unveiled a ‘VR Edition’. This is a feet-based VR motion controller, used while seated. It lets the user move in VR or 3D environments while seated, for hours, purportedly without fatigue. “Tilt the device forward to move forward in the game,” says the company. The user can then go back, right or left. The device is compatible with all VR headsets connected to a PC. It is available for €175 and will start shipping in March 2016.
2. Sengled Voice
‘Smart lights’ are one of the purported hallmarks of the new connected home era. This is an integrated microphone and speaker in an LED bulb. It offers voice control of devices and can detect things such as glass breaking and babies crying.
3. Vuzix iWear Wireless
This is a high-end pair of video headphones that gives users a streaming wireless personal cinema and mobile wearable gaming experience. It extends the small mobile screen into one that seems 125 inches in size to the gadget’s wearer.
4. Helix Cuff
Sick of getting your headphone cables tangled? Helix is a wearable cuff with smart wireless Bluetooth earbuds for your wrist. As well as a convenient place to store your earphones, the gadget features multipoint technology to enable simultaneous connectivity to two devices.
5. In&Motion Smart Ski Airbag
This vest is worn under a ski suit. It detects an unavoidable fall and inflates in less than 100 milliseconds in order to protect the most sensitive areas before the impact with the ground.
It does this via sensors located in the back of the vest that can detect an unrecoverable imbalance and anticipate an impact. Approved by the International Ski federation (FIS), the airbag is now worn by ski cross racers for the 2015-16 season.
6. Somabar Robotic Bartender
This ‘smart bartender’ device integrates wifi, onboard sensors, electronic ingredient tagging and automated cleaning. It works via an accompanying phone app, which lets you share and create cocktails with anyone in seconds.