We’ve seen all that the show has to offer this year, and after numerous debates amongst the team, we’ve boiled it down to our top 5. We didn’t see any extraordinary or revolutionary technology introduced at CES this year, but what we did find were some great advancements in existing categories such as robotic technology, smart home products, and drones, from both big players and startups. Let’s dive straight into our list:
1. ili – The Wearable Translator
The minute I saw this I wanted to get one. This is the holy grail for travellers and businessmen going abroad. The ili resembles an iPod nano in appearance, but functions as a nifty wearable translator which you can wear as a pendant around your neck. Currently, it can only translate between English, Japanese and Chinese by vocal recording, but the company says it will add more languages in the future. It’s small, it’s convenient, and you don’t even need an internet connection. See how it works here.
2. JmGO View – Smart Portable Projector
Here’s something you need in your home. We’ve seen a lot of projectors in the market but none that caught our attention like the View. Its full metallic coating is absolutely gorgeous and gives it a really expensive look. We love how everything you’d expect out of an entertainment device is packed into the View: portability, built-in battery, wireless connectivity, surprisingly good HiFi speakers and of course, you can control it with your smartphone. I can see myself using this for some Netflix at home, but also to keep one in the office for presentations. This projector gives you 180-inch of HD projection in a well-designed body – we think it’s the perfect screen-less TV solution for 2016. We heard it will be launching on Indiegogo soon, find out more here.
3. Ehang 184 – Self-flying Drone
One of the innovations that gathered a crowd was definitely the 184 drone by Ehang. This is not just any drone, it could actually fit a living person. It’s powered by electricity, runs on auto-flying mode, and gets you to your destination in one single point-to-point tap. This idea is both terrific and terrifying. This could be the future. Judge for yourself.
4. Segway Personal Robot
In this era, everything must be smart, especially your ride. Segway, in partnership with Xiaomi and Intel, unveiled it’s latest technology at CES this year – a scooter that’s also a robot. In a nutshell, this is a very smart personal ride that’s capable of responding to your voice commands and carrying your shopping bags. That’s not all, you can add extensions to the robot, like robotic arms, for it to perform even more tasks. How cool is that!? Check it out here.
5. Samsung Family Hub Refrigerator
We can foresee every home in the future equipped with one of these. The Samsung Family Hub Refrigerator is such a good idea, we hope it came into our lives earlier. This smart fridge is equipped with a touch-screen on its door, on which you can order groceries and refill your fridge without having to leave the house. If you are already at the supermarket, simply beam your fridge’s content (it has internal cameras), to see what you have to get. You will never have to write a grocery list again. See more here.
Here are our top 5, what are some of your favorites from CES this year?