Robyn Beck, AFP/Getty ImageEach year throngs of cutting-edge tech companies and press gather to the Consumer Electronics Showcase to roll out the latest high-tech innovations primed to hit the consumer marketplace later in the season. For companies, it’s an oft-used opportunity to roll out groundbreaking new products and unveil major announcements. For tech and gadget fans, it’s a smorgasbord of next generation electronic eye-candy to pine for in the months to come.
CES 2016 just wrapped up in Las Vegas last week, and with the dust settled, there’s a lot of excitement for the coming year. Here’s a look at what makes this popular trade show tick and a rundown of some of the coolest news from this year’s showcase.
A history of world-changing tech
Put on the by the Consumer Electronics Association, CES has been around since the late 60s, and it’s long been an annual hotbed of buzz generating activity and eye-popping announcements in the tech world. The biggest technology brands, inventors, and gadget makers flock to this international event armed with ideas to network and showcase their latest cutting edge tech.
In years past, CES has seen the debut of some of the consumer tech industry’s most game-changing products. In the 70s and 80s, we saw the roll-out of the VCR (Video Cassette Recorder) and the CD player — two major groundbreaking media devices that had a huge impact on the way we experience audio and visual content. Many other popular must-haves have been debuted at CES, including DVDs, the Xbox, HDTVs, tablets, ultrabooks, and more.
CES 2016 highlights
Much like previous years, CES 2016 had its fair share of exciting news, crazy announcements, and cool developments. Here’s a look at some of the more interesting things to come from the show floor this time around:
VR headed to market
The advent of true virtual reality has been a source of big buzz in recent years, with companies like Oculus, Sony, and Valve leading the charge of wearable VR tech. Anticipation has been building for these future-tech devices to finally hit the market. Coinciding with this year’s show, Oculus announced a $599 price tag and a release date of March 28th for the Rift, its long anticipated VR head-mounted display. It may not be cheap, but consumers will be able to go hands and eyes-on with the real deal in just a few months.
LG’s Rollable Display
Another year, another flashy screen? Not so, with LG’s latest super cool tech. While bigger screens and higher resolutions are common features in the PC monitor and HDTV arms race, LG unveiled a jaw-dropper: a flexible HD screen that can be rolled up like a newspaper. File this one under: “where do I throw my money?”
What’s old is new again
Sometimes the coolest innovations come from refining what’s come before. In that spirit, it seems all things retro are coming back in a major way as of late. CES 2016 saw the surprising return of an updated Kodak Super 8 recorder, which allows users to record film in analog or digital. With vinyl also making a return to popularity, Sony’s new belt-driven record player, the PS-HX500, is an interesting addition alongside the more modern tech on parade. This classic reboot comes with a built-in pre-amp, so all you have to do is plug-in speakers. Time to take those old records off the shelf? We think so.
Tech on the move
When it comes to getting from point A to point B, offerings at CES 2016 certainly didn’t lack in the style department. Electric scooters, ranging from heavy-duty rides to lighter portables, made another substantial showing at this year’s event. Eco-friendly scooters like the Xscooter, Gogoro, Genze were also joined by more Segway-style rides.
Scooters weren’t the only cool travel tech, either. Remember Marty McFly’s sweet self-lacing shoes from Back to the Future? New smart shoes dubbed the Digitsoles do that very same thing, but they also add a handy toe-warming system, lighting, and footstep data tacking to the mix. Crazy!
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