CES 2016: 10 new consumer gadgets that will amaze or bewilder
CES Unveiled, the preview of the main attraction that officially kicks off in Las Vegas on Wednesday
Every year, the Consumer Electronics Show and its cavalcade of new gadgets never fails to delight and amaze. But there are also plenty of devices unveiled at the annual tech-fest that bewilder and leave many observers scratching their heads.
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Here are 10 devices shown off at CES Unveiled, the preview event ahead of the main attraction that officially kicks off in Las Vegas on Wednesday. Amazing or bewildering? You be the judge.
"You can decide what to be alerted about," says spokesperson Janina Mattausch.
The camera also gives users the option to record to a secure micro-SD card or to a personal server.
The Presence is slated to launch in the second quarter of 2016 at under $300 US, Mattausch says.
The wrist-watch-like device stimulates the P-6 acupressure point with a mild electric current, which can quickly end nausea, says Mark Goldstone, spokesman for the Philadelphia-based company. "There are no drugs and you're in control, since you can turn it up and down."
The device is available now for $89 US.
The device will initially translate between English, Japanese and Chinese and doesn't need to connect to anything to do so, according to spokesperson Christine Goff.
The ili has its own operating system and stores its language catalogues entirely within the device. The wearer simply speaks into it and a speaker plays back whatever was said in the desired language.
The company is aiming to release the ili in the summer, with no price announced yet.
Users can also add their own mixes using the Somabar's associated app.
The idea is to get people drinking more than just the two or three cocktails they know how to make.
"That's the problem the founders are trying to solve. They built it in their living rooms," says spokesman Joseph Dingman.
The device will be available in the second quarter of the year for $449.
The stove uses insulated tubes, similar to a thermos, to heat food up to more than 200 degrees Celsius, while the outside of the cooker stays cool.
Provided it's sunny out, it can cook a meal for eight in an hour, according to Patrick Sherwin, founder of the Cincinnati-based company. Cooking times are generally longer in colder climes because the sun is less intense, but that isn't stopping GoSun.
"We have customers in Siberia cooking at minus 30 degrees," Sherwin says.
The GoSun Stove is available for $599 US, or for $749 with an electric upgrade that effectively turns the device into a hybrid for times when the sun isn't shining.
"It literally has no blind spots," says president Dmitry Kozko.
The home version of the Allie is available now for $599 US, while the "Go" version — for action sports — will ship in the summer at a similar price, he says. Both stream live to headsets and feature easy posting to Facebook and YouTube, with no post-production necessary.
Spokeswoman Lucie Broto says the Thermo is faster and more accurate than a traditional thermometer because it has 16 infrared sensors that take 4,000 measurements in about two seconds. It also connects to mobile devices via wi-fi or Bluetooth, where an app can track and monitor temperature timelines.
Broto says the Thermo, which will go on sale globally for $99 US in March, is good for parents who want to keep close track of their babies' temperatures.
The personal dry-cleaning unit can steam a veritable wardrobe of clothing in about 20 minutes, according to LG spokesman Colton Moore.
The Styler sells for $2,000 US.
The device, which packs a fish-eye lens, snaps a photo each time the fridge door closes, then relays it to its owner. That way, it's easy to see if the ketchup bottle is almost empty.
The device will sell for $130 US, with an expected launch in late summer.
The company's alarm clock uses scent capsules to do just that. Company co-founder Ivan Skybuk says it generally takes one to two minutes to wake someone with a scent, "except if you have a stuffy nose."
An audio alarm goes off after three minutes, just in case.
The clock will be available to Kickstarter backers in May — along with exclusive bacon-scented capsules — with broader retail availability coming in September, Skybuk says.
The device itself will cost $109 US, while the scent capsules, each good for about 30 alarms, are expected to cost about $5 each.