At the beginning of every January, some of the most successful and innovative companies along with new eager start-ups too, head to Las Vegas USA for the annual Consumer Electronics Show also known as CES, to show off their latest creations.
CES focuses on the very latest consumer technology innovations from kitchen appliances to electric sports cars. Some of the products showcased probably won’t be available to buy for some time, if at all, as some of the technologies on show are still at the concept stage but there are companies and start-ups that show some of their latest products that you can actually get your hands on during the course of the year. Here are some of my top picks.
Samsung Family Hub Refrigerator – Imagine your fridge is running low on milk or eggs and your fridge can check the contents and remind you what you need or remind you how old food is. Well, Samsung have created a fridge that can do just that! This new appliance has cameras built into the inside of the fridge that will take a picture every time you close the fridge door so you can see exactly what you have in your fridge via a smartphone app. It has a 21.5 inch full HD LCD touch screen which allows you to see the family calendar, family photos, leave notes for the family and it even lets you order your groceries! You can also stream music and TV direct to the fridge from your smartphone.
HTC Vive has been on everyone’s radar since it was officially unveiled 10 months ago and HTC brought an updated version which now has a front-facing camera so people can see real world objects around them when required. The headset has been redesigned for better comfort and greater immersion into the virtual world. It also has a brighter display and the handheld controllers also get an overhaul with updated ergonomics, softer edges, greater balance, new textured buttons, and grip pads for a more comfortable feel in the hand. They now also feature integrated rechargeable batteries. HTC are planning to launch the final consumer product in April 2016 with pre-orders beginning at the end of February 2016.
Remix OS – A company called Jide which has been around for couple of years released the Ultratablet at last year’s CES, which looks very similar to the Microsoft Surface but runs Android. Towards the end of last year, they brought the Remix Mini which is a small device which can fit in the palm of your hand, and can connect to any screen with an HDMI connection, turning your screen into an Android PC. The OS they use is a heavily customised version of Android that they call Remix OS. It even has a “Start” style menu, a task bar and can run any app built for Android. There is even access to the Google Play store. The big announcement at CES is that from mid January onwards, the Remix OS 2.0 will be available to download to a USB pen drive and run on any computer but not only that, it’s free!
Samsung Galaxy TabPro S was announced and this is the first “Galaxy” tablet product from Samsung that isn’t an Android device. The TabPro S looks very much like an Android tablet but this one is running Windows 10. The TabPro S is Samsung’s take on Microsoft Surface tablet which really started to take off with the launch of the Surface Pro 3 and continues its popularity with the recently released Surface Pro 4. Samsung has worked hard to keep the size down and is only 6.3mm thick and weighs only 693 grams. Spec-wise, it comes with a 6th Gen Intel Core M dual core 2.2GHz processor, 4GB RAM, 128GB or 256GB disk storage, a 12 inch Super AMOLED display with a 2K resolution and numerous connectivity options, supporting LTE Cat 6 mobile data, GPS, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. It can also offer 10.5 hours of life through a 2.5 hour charge which is pretty quick. The device also comes with a full size keyboard cover. If you’re after a compact, lightweight PC for when you are on the move, this could be the one for you but it will be interesting to see how much it will set you back when it is released globally this February.
A nod also needs to go to Nikon for their D500 DSLR that can shoot 4K video, the LG Super UHD UH9800 8K TV which will be available later this year.
It’s also worth giving a nod to some of the tech that is still in concept but definitely turned heads such as the Faraday Future FFZero1 all electric supercar that can do 0-60 in 3 seconds and the LG 18 inch HD TV that can be rolled up like a newspaper!
Hopefully the concepts brought to CES will see the light of day but one thing is for sure, we look forward to seeing what else is on the tech horizon at CES 2017!