Video: Our Favorite Gadgets From This Year’s CES
We’ve been here all week, and we’re ready to go home. But before we do, we’ve got a bunch of crazy gadgets to show you! Scroll down to see videos and photos of all the best stuff we saw this here in Las Vegas.
What if—the Daqri smart helmet ponders—construction workers had helmets straight out of Demolition Man? As it turns out, something wonderful, or at least terrifically useful and cool.
The Daqri, which made an appearance during Intel’s keynote this week, and which, importantly, is actually shipping, doesn’t just look futuristic. It acts the part, too, with a heads-up display that makes a construction site an augmented reality playground. The Intellitrack system uses 360-degree navigation cameras to analyze environments, which in practice means you get something close to X-ray vision on the job site. Intel’s contribution takes the form of an M7 chip and a RealSense camera. The real star, though, is the helmet itself, which shows that augmented reality has its most useful real-life applications not in video games and content distribution, but in bringing a touch of the future (and with it, convenience, safety, and smarts) to the everyday workplace.
At CES 2016, what’s old—very, very old—is new again. And nothing is older and newer than the Super 8 camera. The Super 8 holds a special place in film-making history: There’s an entire generation of directors who grew up using it. Without Super 8, there might not be a JJ Abrams-directed Star Wars flick. Now Kodak has brought it back, along with consumer-electronic designer extraordinaire Yves Behar. It’s light and retro, both digital and analog in fun and weird ways
The new, $400-plus Super 8 is part of an initiative Kodak says is meant to put these kinds of cameras back in the hands of kids everywhere. (And, presumably, to get kids everywhere buying film instead of SD cards.) You could wonder why they wouldn’t just use the hundreds of excellent cameras already on the market, or you could wonder why anyone would shoot on film in 2016, but that wouldn’t be any fun, would it?
People who love fancy headphones love things like headphones with planar magnetic drivers. Planars (to use the parlance of the audiophile) sound different in a way that brings out many of the subtleties in acoustic recordings and more gentle music. They’re great for jazz lovers, or those who can appreciate an SACD of Steely Dan Aja. Audeze is one of the top names in planar headphones—it makes a slew of excellent over-ear models that are highly rated. The Sine is the company’s first on-ear model. Over-ear planars are notoriously bulky, but the Sine is perfectly compact. Premium leather and a smart design brings the price to $500. They’re shipping in a month or so.
When you pick up the new 13-inch Samsung Notebook 9 Windows 10 laptop, you may think it’s one of those weird props from Ikea. It’s really, really light. It couldn’t possibly be a real laptop. Weighing in at just 1.85 pounds—just a smidge more than an iPad Pro or a Surface Pro 4—the Notebook 9 can be configured with a Core i7 CPU and a 256GB SSD. The 13-incher even offers a pair of USB 3.0 ports and an SD card slot, and Samsung claims the laptop gets up to 10 hours of battery life. There’s a 15-inch model that’s a pound heavier, but it adds a USB-C port that tops off the battery in 20 minutes. Prices haven’t been announced yet, but the ultraportable PCs are slated to ship early this year.
With two devices that put a high-tech, design-minded spin on traditional instruments, Comper wants to help you have a baby. The thermometer pairs up with an app to chart ovulation cycles, mapping out the optimal times to get down to business. And the doppler fetal monitor records audio of your baby’s heartbeat while it’s in the womb, then sends the audio to an app via Bluetooth so you can share it with friends and family. As the baby develops, the app also estimates how big it is at any given time. The hardware is expected in June, and each component will sell separately for around $90. Comper says a package deal with the two devices is planned for around $150.
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