CES 2016 has come to a close. Taking place in Las Vegas, Nevada in the USA it’s the largest consumer electronics show on the planet. Vendors big and small came to show off the products that you can look forward to in 2016 and beyond. There was a lot of stuff on show over there so here’s my roundup of some of the big stories coming out of CES 2016.
Last year, 4k was the big trend as far as TVs go. This year, the big talking point in TVs was High Dynamic range. To give you the very basic view, HDR TVs will mean you will get brighter whites, darker blacks and overall more colour. Basically, when you view a TV show recorded in HDR on an HDR TV you will notice that the images will give you a more accurate, better picture. On that vein, LG are well known in the TV space and they showed off the G6 and the E6. Both of which are 4k, OLED HDR-enabled TVs. The G6 comes in a 77-inch variant and a 65-inch variant. The E6 comes in both a 65-inch variant and a 55″ Variant.
Razer are a very well known brand as far as gaming goes. At CES 2016 they came to the show floor with the Razer Blade Stealth. According to Razer this ultrabook is set to “disrupt the PC industry”. It’s got a 12.5″ display that is touch-enabled. Under the hood it can go up to 512GB of SSD storage, 8GB of RAM and a dual-core Intel Core i7 CPU that has a speed of 3.1GHz. The Razer Blade Stealth this ultrabook will start from $999(£690) and is available right now.
There are a lot of these 2-in-1 computers around at the moment. The idea is that you have a laptop, where the keyboard is detachable from the screen (which is touch enabled). Samsung were showing off a lot of different things at their booth including the Galaxy Tab Pro S. It’s a 2-in-1 computer that runs Windows 10, has up to 10.5 hours of battery life and a 12″ screen. Unfortunately there is no information on pricing or a release date at this time.
One of the big buzz words at the moment is the Internet of Things. Basically, you will have lots of things in your home that are connected to the internet such as your lights, coffee machine or even your doorbell. Ring is already quite a well-known company for their video doorbell that you can answer from your phone. However, the folks at Ring have made the Stick Up Cam. This is also a camera that can detect motion so that you can see when people are trying to get into your house. When setting it up you can even pan the camera left or right to capture the correct angle for you. The ring stick up cam is priced at $199(approximately £140) and is going to be available starting from early February 2016.
Logitech are known for their good computer hardware and they now have a gaming arm called Logitech G. They showed off a new version of their G502 Proteus gaming mouse called the spectrum. It’s got customisable lighting that is controlled using the Logitech gaming software. The Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum is priced at $79.99(£69.99) and will be available in the UK on the 11th of February.
Wearable technology is quite an interesting area. At least in my opinion it’s still in its infancy right now. However, at CES there were plenty of wearable products on show. However, there was a really cool product called the Empire EVS from Recon Instruments. It’s a helmet for paintball that has a heads-up display on the safety visor. We also know that it will display a map of where you are, and show information like how much ammo you have left. The device itself is running a version of Android and is packing a 1GHz dual-core processor, Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi as well as GPS. There is no information on pricing or availability right now.
So there you have it, that’s my roundup of some of the things at CES 2016. There were some other really cool things out there. However there is a lot of stuff at CES that looks really good but by the time all is said and done it never sees the light of day. This is what some people call vapourware.
With that my question for you is this: What tech are you excited to see in 2016? Let me know!