The Consumer Electronics Show features the works and innovations of the biggest, brightest and most beautiful brains. This year, like every other, the CES showcased the very best of the products which will be launched this year. To rank the products would be a crime against the hardworking people who get the tech to work. Hence, below is a very small list of products among a horde of prize winners:
Faraday Future’s Zero 1 concept car
Faraday Future is the only rival to Tesla’s lightning strikes in field of automobiles. FF Zero 1, the new concept car model at CES 2016, stole the spotlight for a few hours on the first day. The car has futuristic and fantasy design standards, even for today’s existing super car. The closest I have come to a potential description is that, it’s a somewhere between a Batmobile and a Porsche. Being an electric car, the car is supposed to have a 1000hp engine. Let’s just wait and see when this concept turns into reality.
Virtual Reality, not just a Virtual Concept anymore
‘Oculus Rift’ the much awaited VR display headset is now available on pre-order. Virtual Reality is going to take gaming to the next level. VR gives the ability to literally ‘move worlds’. Well, fictional, virtual ones. Oculus Rift is not the only device that made the news in VR category. Samsung came up with a concept ‘Rink’ which is a series of palm controllers, giving hands and fingers in the virtual realm. Also, ‘Vive’, HTC’s virtual reality headset launched last year which has a feature that lets the user walk around in the real room the user is in while being in the virtual world, got a new feature called Chaperone which will cover the real stuff in your room. This view will pop up when the user is too close to the bed or the wall.
LG showcased some display sheets this year with not just great resolution but ones which could be rolled like a sheet of paper.
Took care of the ladies, too!
Apparently, phones and watches aren’t the only ones that are getting smart. OMsignal, a San Francisco based company has come out with smart bras. They think that women don’t need to wear a smart watch to know their vitals; their everyday clothing can do the same work.
Drones, drones, everywhere!
This year drones ruled over the skies at CES 2016. There were over a 100 drones with different designs and features. There was even a passenger carrying drone. Could this lead us to flying cars? We can only wait.
Here’s a look at everything noteworthy that happened in the world of the Internet and technology recently:
1. YouTube Red
Google finally took off the wraps from its longtime rumored ‘ad-free video subscription service’ called YouTube Red. YouTube Red is priced at $9.99 a month and will include everything on YouTube without ads, as well as a lot of other content. The best part is that users will now not have to face annoying advertisements between videos. Moreover, one can download videos from YouTube straight on their device for offline viewing later. The tech giant must have put in a lot of thought before unveiling this new service – let’s see how the world is going to perceive and how much one wants to skip ads and download YouTube videos in this modern era where we all have ad blockers and video downloaders.
2. BlackBerry Priv
BlackBerry has announced its latest Android-powered handset, the BlackBerry Priv, which is available for pre-order and starts shipping early November. It is the world’s first Blackberry secured smartphone powered by Android. The phone has a 5.4 inch dual-curved plastic AMOLED screen with a display resolution of 2560×1440. The device has an 18 MP dual flash camera which should give us better pictures than an iPhone ( we hope). The phone has 3 GB RAM and a 32 GB storage which is expandable to a whopping 2 TB via a microSD card. The pre-orders are open and the phone will ship November 6 onwards.
3. Nextbit Robin
Say hello to Nextbit’s Robin, a smartphone which promises to offer unlimited storage – all thanks to the integrated cloud connectivity right into the Android OS. It is possibly the coolest smartphone in the world right now and the developers have loaded the phone with a pre-sim slot which makes it really easy to choose the right carrier. The phone has unlocked bootloader (Android jargon) which basically means that the user can load customisable ROM like CyanogenMod or any other and the phone will still be in warranty.
Robin comes with a 5.2” IPS Full HD display coupled with Gorilla Glass 4. The phone has everything which a user needs like a 13 MP rear camera, 5 MP front camera, 3 GB RAM, 32GB onboard storage and 100 GB of online storage. The phone is priced at about $400 and with an additional $70 one can get it in India as well (almost for 30,000 INR).