CES 2016: Gadgets Galore
CES 2016: Gadgets Galore
Flip through this slideshow to see some of the coolest tech hitting the show floor at this year's consumer electronics show.
Connect Your Phone to Your Computer
Lenovo’s Link 32GB allows you to bridge the gap between your smartphone and desktop. Use it to connect your Android devices to your Windows computer so that you can then view your smartphone on a full-screen on your PC. Your computer’s mouse and keyboard can then be used to control all the apps on your phone. It provides drag-and-drop functionality between your phone and computer and also the ability to copy and paste text, watch media, store photos, and easy access to anything on your smartphone from your PC.
$40 / March 2016 / lenovo.com
The New Kitchen Hub
Samsung wants the kitchen refrigerator to become the new central hub for all of your household connections. Its Family Hub Refrigerator boasts a 21.5-inch HD LCD screen on its upper right exterior door that allows you to post, share, update calendars; display photos; leave notes; stream music; watch TV; and track expired groceries from the screen or from your smartphone using the fridge’s three interior cameras.
$5,000 / Spring 2016
Throw and Shoot Flying Camera
Just toss this drone in the air and it’ll fly itself as it starts filming you as you go about. No controller is needed. You just wear a tracking device and it’ll hover near you as it records HD videos and photos. It flies itself using GPS and computer vision. It’s waterproof and is easily portable, able to fit in a backpack.
$799 / Summer 2016 / lily.camera
Charging Your Phone in the Air
Forget ever having to give up your phone to plug it in and charge it again. Ossia’s Cota can charge your phone completely wirelessly using a single watt of power that is beamed through the air. It can charge a device within a 30-foot radius even as the device moves about a space. Cota receivers are small and can be embedded into electronic devices for wireless charging or Cota also can use a Wi-Fi antenna to power up the device.
Coming in 2016 / ossia.com
Smarter Smoke Alarms
You can make your existing smoke alarm or carbon monoxide device smarter. Roost offers 9V batteries to swap into your current smoke or CO alarms that will then allow you to receive alerts on your phone if your alarm ever goes off. The system will alert your smartphone when an alarm sounds. You’ll also receive notifications if the alarm batteries are low, and you can also easily snooze any false alarms.
$34.99 / getroost.com
Wirelessly Charging Monitor
This desktop monitor doubles as a PC monitor, wireless charging station, and a display for your smartphones. The Dell 23 Wireless Monitor is a 23-inch full HD display that allows you to cast your screen from your Windows or Android devices. Also, at the base of the display is a built-in charging pad to support wireless charging using Qi and PMA wireless charging technology, such as Samsung S6 or the Google Nexus devices. The display also features dual three-watt speakers and a 178-degree viewing angle.
$429 / March 2016 / dell.com
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Just Swipe to Get the Lights
To flip the light switch, just swipe your hand down. While many smart home manufacturers are rushing to use voice commands to control products, Fibaro Swipe wants you to just use hand gestures to take control over your home. This gesture-controlled pad makes it so you don’t need to touch any device or take out a smartphone or tablet to turn on or off the lights, turn on music, or control the blinds. The device from the Fibar Group recognizes six gestures, including up, down, left, right, circle to the left, and circle to the right. The 5-by-7-inch pad, which resembles a digital picture frame, uses Z-Wave wireless technology to perform home control activities.
$149 / January 2016 / fibaro.com
A 2-Pound Laptop
This ultra-lightweight laptop from LG makes lugging a laptop on the road easy. The LG Gram 15-inch Core i7 Processor is touted as the world’s lightest 15-inch laptop on the market. It measures just 0.66 inches thin and weighs only 2.16 pounds. This ultra-slim laptop features a 15.6-inch screen with a full HD display.
Price TBA / January 2016 / lg.com
A Heads Up Car Display
Turn your car windshield into your smartphone. Carloudy is a wireless, portable device that can project driving directions, traffic updates, and more from your smartphone onto your car’s front windshield. It is voice-controlled so you don’t have to take your eyes off the road. The semi-transparent display projects on the windshield and will automatically adjust depending on lighting conditions. The device does not allow for checking e-mail, texting, or social media to avoid driver distraction. Compatible with iOS and Android smartphones.
$179 / carloudy.com
Your cell phone may have 18 times more bacteria on it than a public restroom, according to the makers behind PhoneSoap. Now, there’s a safe way to keep your phone clean -- and charged. PhoneSoap XL is a cell phone charger that also doubles as a cleaner. it sanitizes your phone without using heat, liquid, or chemicals that could possibly harm it. Instead, the device uses two UV-C lamps that use light to kill bacteria on your phone. It can sanitize your device in less than five minutes. Use it to sanitize your phone, tablet, Apple Watch, computer mouse, keys, and more.
$59.95 / phonesoap.com
Snap a 3D Photo From Your Phone
Capture your listings in an all new dimension. Bevel, created by Matter and Form, is touted as the world's first micro attachment for your mobile devices that is capable of capturing 3D photographs on any smartphone or tablet. It uses a laser light and the existing camera on your Android or IOS device to take photos. Just plug it into the headphone jack of your smartphone and tablet. Pan the room like you would for a panoramic photograph. Then, with the Bevel app you'll be able to post your 3D pictures on Facebook, Instragram, or other social media sites. The photos can be turned into animated GIFs and viewed from multiple angles.
$79 / Available early 2016 / Matterandform.net
It may be paper-thin but it's also a keyboard to do all your typing while on-the-go with your tablet. FlexScroll is an ultra-thin Bluetooth keyboard offered from Judoka Mobile that has full-sized keys with 19 mm spacing that is similar to laptop quality. However, the real perk to this keyboard is that you can roll it up and fit it into your shirt pocket or purse. It's as flexible as a sheet of paper.
Price: about $150
Available January 2016 / Pre-order at Judokamobile.com
This Wants to Be Your Phone's BFF
Fonebud Essential Plus wants to be your smartphone's best companion. You can connect your smartphone via Bluetooth to this small device and take advantage of its several features. Use the ergonomically designed device to take your calls on it (which also saves your battery life on your phone and also frees up your smartphone so you can multitask and check e-mails or the Internet while you talk). Also use it as a battery charger to your smartphone, tablet, or other mobile USB devices or a tracking device, speaker, personal distress alarm, and even a flashlight at night. It also can alert you when your phone is away from a 10-meter radius range detector -- so no more worries of leaving your phone behind.
Starting at $289 / Fonebud.com
Make a Color Match
Ever spot a great color and wish you knew exactly what it was? If your prospects find a great color they want for their new home, you can now help them pinpoint exactly what shade it is. This portable color digitizer from Palette is a cube that fits in the palm of your hand and with one tap can capture any color on any surface. It then matches the paint color to more than 7,500 digital color profiles and to popular paint brands. You can also sync it wirelessly to your smartphone and use the app to store, personalize,and share your colors. It can store up to 20 colors in its memory.
$179.95 / Palette.com
Project Presentations From Your Tablet
The Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro is a 10.1-inch tablet that is capable of projecting a 70-inch image on to the wall for your marketing presentations. It runs on Android OS and features a built-in pico projector. It also features a built-in kickstand and Dolby Atmos technology for sound. It can last up to 18 hours per charge.
Starting at $474.99 / Availability TBD / shop.lenovo.com