10 Innovative Tech Products Grabbing Attention at CES 2016

 
 
By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2016-01-06 Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    10 Innovative Tech Products Grabbing Attention at CES 2016
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    10 Innovative Tech Products Grabbing Attention at CES 2016

    From new car technologies to innovative wearable computing and mobile devices, CES 2016 has showcased myriad cutting-edge products—and there's more to come.
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    Ford Finds a Way Into the Smart Home
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    Ford Finds a Way Into the Smart Home

    Ford Motor Co. announced at CES that it's developing smart home technology. Starting later this year, some of its vehicles will be outfitted with technology that will let users turn on lights, unlock doors and change their thermostat temperatures. Ford's technology will be integrated with devices that work with the Home Depot Wink and Amazon Echo smart home control systems.
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    Faraday Future Makes a Big Entrance
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    Faraday Future Makes a Big Entrance

    Faraday Future, the secretive electric carmaker, finally unveiled its concept car at CES. The electric car comes with 1,000 horsepower and with a design that's modestly reminiscent of the Batmobile created for the campy 1960s television show, "Batman." It's only a concept car, however, so don't expect it to hit the road anytime soon.
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    A Wearable That's Designed for Fashion
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    A Wearable That's Designed for Fashion

    Wearables maker Misfit announced the Ray health monitor at CES, for those who want to track both their fitness and their sleep. The key component in the Ray, though, is its design. Misfit says it's specifically designed to be stylish and look good sitting next to a smartwatch or bracelet. At first glance, it looks like it's accomplished that mission.
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    Dish Appeals to the Video Binge Generation
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    Dish Appeals to the Video Binge Generation

    Dish showcased the Hopper 3 DVR at CES, saying that it will appeal to those who just can't get enough content. The DVR comes with the ability to record up to 16 shows at once and supports 4K content. The Hopper 3 was announced alongside the HopperGo, a wireless flash drive that can store up to 100 hours of recorded content for viewing on smartphones and tablets.
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    LG Shows Off High-End Televisions
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    LG Shows Off High-End Televisions

    LG got out of the gates quickly with a range of updated Ultra HD televisions. The sets of course support 4K resolution, but LG made a fuss about their high dynamic range (HDR) compatibility. With HDR, users will be able to see more vibrant colors and ultimately experience better visual quality across all content resolutions. For now, LG's sets are the TVs to beat at CES.
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    A Modular Tablet From Lenovo That Does It All
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    A Modular Tablet From Lenovo That Does It All

    The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet caught the eye of enterprise users. The device is a tablet, but also comes with a modular design, allowing users to plug in a variety of modules to add to its functions. A productivity module, for instance, adds in USB 3.0 and a full-sized HDMI port. Other modules add 3D rendering, entertainment capabilities and more.
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    Why Not Roll Up That Display?
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    Why Not Roll Up That Display?

    Although it's still a ways from eventually launching, LG unveiled an 18-inch rollable display. For now, the screen is small and LG isn't saying when it will be ready for the market. But the company says the roll-up display could eventually support 4K resolution and exceed 55 inches in size.
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    You Can Control Your Shoes With a Smartphone
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    You Can Control Your Shoes With a Smartphone

    A company named Digitsole announced a smart sneaker at CES. The sneaker, which can be controlled with a smartphone, tracks steps and calories burned. It's also able to automatically tighten up to provide the perfect fit. Add in its foot-warming and door-like top sole, and it's a recipe for sneaker awesomeness.
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    Parrot's Auto-Piloted Drone
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    Parrot's Auto-Piloted Drone

    Parrot announced an interesting drone concept called the Disco. The device comes with wings and is ready to fly out of the box. Users toss the drone into the air and the drone's autopilot feature turns on. From there, users can control it with their Parrot "Skycontroller" or Flight Plan app. It's the first consumer drone to combine airplane-like fixed wings and autopilot control.
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    Kodak Wants to Turn Back the Clock With Its Super 8 Camera
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    Kodak Wants to Turn Back the Clock With Its Super 8 Camera

    Kodak wants to prove that old film camera really isn't dead. The photographic products maker shocked CES with the announcement that it's reviving its Super 8 camera, first released in the mid-1960s, for the digital age. Early reports suggest Kodak will launch the camera later this year in limited quantities. The Super 8 shoots video on 8-millimeter photographic film. Owners then have two options: ship out the film to Kodak so it can be developed for viewing on a film projector or have it converted to digital format. Either way, it's nice to see Kodak's determination to keep film alive.
 

CES 2016 officially convenes Jan. 6, but it has already been the focus of many prominent technology announcements. Major companies, including Samsung, LG and even Ford, have showcased innovative new mobile and connected car technologies. Meanwhile, a newcomer to the electric car market, Faraday Future, has unveiled a shockingly powerful electric concept vehicle. Wearable computing is also prominent at the show. Fitness trackers and health monitors abound at CES. Samsung is showing off a smart belt concept device that lets users monitor waist size and other fitness metrics. New television designs are also prominent at the show, including LG's prototype of an ultra-thin, roll-up HD TV display. PC makers such as HP and Acer, among others, are introducing some of their latest notebook and tablet models. But best of all, the show is really just getting started and there are many more major product introductions yet to come. Check out this slide show to learn more about some of the significant new products and technologies that are making a stir at CES.

 
 
 
 
 
Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Gearlog.com. Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for CNET.com, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at http://twitter.com/donreisinger.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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