CES 2016

CES 2016

Posted 13/01/2016 by BrightHouse Team

CES 2016, the biggest consumer tech show of the year, has come to a close, giving us another raft of amazing gadgets and products to enjoy.

Following on from last week’s Tech in 2016 post, we’ve rounded up the biggest stories and announcements from CES 2016 to give you a snapshot of the event.

What is CES 2016? The biggest annual consumer technology show

Where is it? Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

When does it happen? 6th to 9th January 2016

CES 2016

The biggest buzz: HTC Vive Pre

This virtual reality gaming kit is the result of a partnership between electronics maker HTC and Valve, the company behind the gaming platform Steam. VR has been in development for several years, and most of the buzz has been around the Oculus Rift, now owned by Facebook.

HTC and Valve have been quietly working away to produce their own product, and the results are fantastic. The Vive Pre is the last model before the full consumer version is released later this year, but it already features custom controllers, motion trackers, and a front-facing camera. The VR experience itself is said to be fantastic, with sharper images and a lighter, more comfortable fit.

You can find out a bit more about the three biggest VR devices and how they compare in this useful chart on ign.com

Wearable tech: Digitsole’s Smartshoe

CES 2016Digitsole is taking us back the future with some very fancy footwear. Their Smartshoes have an in-built warming and temperature control system, sensors to track you steps and foot movements, and a torch lamp in the toe for walking at night. It even includes a Marty McFly-inspired automatic lacing system. The design is certainly futuristic, so it comes down to personal taste if you’d want to wear them or not. The £300 price tag might make the decision easier, though.

Drones: Parrot Disco

Drone technology really deserves its own category these days, and the most interesting product shown at CES this year was the Parrot Disco. What makes this drone different is that it glides rather than hovers like a helicopter, and it does it all by itself. You simply have to throw it into the air like a paper aeroplane. The other main feature is the built-in camera, which can live stream its video feed for an amazing bird’s eye view as it flies through the air.

Most fun: BB-8 Sphero Force Band

BB-8 has rapidly become one of the most recognisable characters from the new Star Wars film, and thanks to Sphero you can have your very own mini version. The Sphero BB-8 rolls around just as he does in the film, and you can control him from a smartphone app. This new Force Band version adds an extra dimension, and will be particularly fun for Jedi-wannabes. The watch-like band means you can control where BB-8 goes simply by gesturing with your hand.

Home appliances: LG Signature Fridge

Most of us find fridges pretty useful as they are, but manufacturers are forever trying to find new and exciting ways for the humble refrigerator do its job. A touchscreen that tells you the weather or when you’re due for a haircut is probably a step too far, but LG has been coming up with some more worthwhile innovations with their new Signature model. This very fancy fridge uses a door-in-door system so you can open one section to grab something rather than the whole thing. This mini door is also transparent, and when you knock on it the interior of the fridge lights up so you can see what’s inside. If you’ve got your hands full, you can also use your foot to open the door thanks to a special sensor.

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