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The Best of CES 2016: Our Favourite 7 Gadgets

January 11, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

CES is now officially behind us and thanks to a number of cool, new gadgets presented during the show, we have something to keep us occupied until the Mobile World Congress in February. If you followed the news and events at CES, then you are probably familiar with at least some of these products and perhaps even have your favourites in mind already. Was it a TV screen or a wearable device that caught your eye? Perhaps a piece of smart home equipment made it to the top of your list? Either way, we have a couple of CES 2016 favourites of our own and we wanted to share them with you today, so read on!

Meet Samsung’s Cool Family Hub Refrigerator

Samsung's smart fridge from the outside

One of the most talked about new gadgets during and after this year’s CES. How is this fridge different than all the others out there? Well, the Family Hub Refrigerator comes with a 21.5-inch touchscreen display (1080p resolution) on the front and a small camera that allows you to see what’s inside it while you’re at the grocery store. You can bring up recipes on the monitor while you’re cooking, too, and stream music, news, and more. The fridge is supposed to ship sometime in May and will cost $5,000.

SCiO Tells You How Many Calories Your Food Has

SCiO being used on an apple

If you belong to the group of people that really pay attention to what they eat and how many calories their food has, then you will surely love SCiO. This pocket-sized gadget scans your meal and reveals its the nutritional value by using near-infrared spectroscopy. This means that SCiO analyzes substances based on how their molecules interact with light. Sounds interesting? It really is. You’ll be able to purchase SCiO at the price of $249, but you’ll also need to pay $10 a month for the app (free to download).

ili Is the World’s First Wearable Translator

ili is the world's first wearable translator

At some point in your life, while abroad, you’ve probably wished that you had a translator at hand that could help you understand just what the foreigner sitting next to you was talking about. Thanks to ili, this is finally possible. This wearable translator allows you to have a conversation with another person in separate languages, without the help of a Wi-Fi, 3G/4G or another Internet connection. You simply press the button in the middle, say what you want, and ilil will translate it for you. Right now, it only translates English, Japanese, and Chinese, but soon enough it will handle French, Thai, Korean, Spanish, Italian, and Arabic.

Samsung’s Modular TV Is the TV of the Future

The interface of Samsung's modular TV

The famous company announced a number of interesting devices during CES, but this is probably the one we liked the best. The Modular TV is made of a couple of screens that, when combined, create one bigger picture. The screens come without edges, meaning that the whole process of combining them is seamless. In its demo at CES, Samsung managed to create a 170-inch TV simply by moving the modules around. The Modular TV is just a prototype at this point.

Hydrao Smart Shower Saves Your Water for You

Hydrao Smart Shower being used with an iPad

If you want to be mindful of how much water you’re using while showering, then the Hydrao Smart Shower is definitely for you. This Bluetooth LE device connects either to your iPad or iPhone, and allows you to set three alert intervals, i.e. different amounts of water to be used. Once you’ve reached a certain amount, the built-in LED lights will shine in different colours and remind you of how much water you’re using.

For the Kids: Think & Learn Code-a-Pillar

Code-a-Pillar smart toy for preschoolers

Fisher-Price wants to make sure that the toys your kids are playing with are actually useful -hence the Think & Learn Code-a-Pillar. What this robotic caterpillar does is teach preschoolers the basics of coding via its eight body parts and helps them develop skills they will need as future programmers. The kids string the caterpillar together and learn how to create a program that tells the robot which way to move around.

The HTC Vive Pre Will Let You Interact With Objects in Virtual Reality

The HTC Vive Pre headset with controllers

While we’ve become familiar with HTC’s Vive VR headset, this version of it (HTC Vive Pre) offers a couple of new things that we just loved. Why? Because thanks to them, you won’t get to just sit around and watch what’s happening while you’re wearing the headset. No, you’ll get to interact with your environment thanks to a pair of hand-held wireless controllers. This means that you’ll be actually able to shoot zombies, climb around, paint, and more. And isn’t that what we wanted from virtual reality in the first place?

Got any CES gadgets that you really liked? Let us know in the comments below!

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