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Over the years the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) has tended to showcase many of the same types of products: wildly expensive televisions, concept cars and slightly upgraded computers. In the last five years, drones, wearables and 3D printers have joined that list. And while there were not as many “wow” products at CES 2016 as in banner years, here are a few you should pay attention to.
While other apps require a user to input a lot of data to get any nutritional information, the DietSensor scans the molecular makeup of your food to give you instant health information. Since laziness is a huge barrier to making dietary changes, the DietSensor could revolutionize how people make eating decisions. Look for this device and app to hook into many other smart technologies, like making a smart fridge that much smarter.
Good old guilt. This smart belt automatically fits to your waistline and adjusts throughout the day—letting you know when it’s expanding. At nearly $400, Belty may not fly off the shelves, but some dieters who seek extra motivation may use the daily data from their expanding waistlines to motivate them to get to the gym. If that doesn’t do it, the belt will also nudge you if you’ve been sitting too long. This type of innovation in health wearables that transcends basic trackers will likely to continue to grow.
If you don’t know about Oculus Rift yet, you should. While this virtual-reality (VR) headset will commercially launch at a high price point, it has already gathered a sizable fan community from its Kickstarter campaign and solidified the VR community to encourage game development and hardware competition. While VR has experienced many stops and starts over the last two decades, look for 2016 to be the year it rolls out commercially.
Talking about TVs at CES is so passé, but Samsung still delivered a very cool exhibit called the Future TV zone, which featured giant, movable modular screens and gorgeous “quantum dot” televisions. While seamless plasma screens and motorized screens aren’t new, they look so darn beautiful in the exhibit. The potential in this design is incredible. One might be able to watch two different programs, or supplementary information could break off of the screen to be used interactively. Or it could be used as wall art while entertaining.
Since so much hype at CES circled around self-driving cars and small drones, it’s not surprising that one product combined the two. Ehang’s 184 AAV is a four-rotor autonomous, flying drone capable of transporting one human at 62 mph for over 20 minutes. Don’t expect to have it appear on your Uber app just yet; the price tag right now is $200,000 to $300,000.
Old is new. The resurgence of instant film cameras seems to be driving other vintage items. Several turntables turned heads, and Kodak decided to bring back Super 8 film cameras. This fusion of old technology with new features seems to be a mini-trend, though customer adoption should determine if the fad fades.
While the newest smart fridge gathered most of the press, the home auditing device Ecoisme will prove more useful. The Ecoisme is a single sensor that detects the different appliances in your home, and their usage, without them needing to be smart themselves. While smart homes will eventually become the norm, having a single device to monitor everything in the house now is a great bridge.
What did you hear about from CES that made you interested? Which of these products do you think will be a monster hit? Let us know in the comments and be sure to check out our article, The IT Roundup: The best tech stories of 2015.
Belty: motorized belt courtesy of Maurizio Pesce / Creative Commons
Ehang: passenger drone courtesy of Alex Butterfield / Creative Commons
A self-styled storyteller, Alexander Lucas loves to share his vast knowledge of tech, innovation and design trivia. TEKsystems’ resident video designer is also an avid history buff and writes about technology innovation through time.