THUNDER BAY – TECH – If there was an award to celebrate the most popular and insightful annual technology event, CES would undoubtedly take first prize. Hosted every single year in the heart of Las Vegas, this event features the most seminal technological products and trends that are likely to dominate their respective markets in 2016.
This years’ CES was no exception, with the show featuring even more innovations across a broader range of markets. From exciting automotive concepts and smart technology to the latest virtual reality headsets, no stone was left unturned by a show that continues to be enjoyed by millions across the globe.
The 3 most exciting Gadgets to emerge from CES 2016
With this in mind, attempting to sift through this plethora of innovations can be an arduous and thankless task. There are a number of examples that stand out from the rest, however, including our top three gadgets listed below: –
Apples’ Wireless CarPlay
While the most recent instalment of CES lacked a compelling, self-drive auto concept, we did see a number of autonomous technology and car infotainment system innovations. Apples’ improved and wireless version of the popular CarPlay gadget provided a prominent example of the latter, while this product also embodies the dawn of the connected automobile. While there are many innovations to follow in this space, this is leading the way across all major automotive brands.
Oculus Rift heralds the Dawn of virtual reality
If you were to peruse the latest online entertainment with Euro Palace, you will have noticed that many of the available games and slots would be easily enhanced by virtual reality. 2016 may finally be the year that this happens, as virtual and augmented reality headsets become increasingly diverse and sophisticated for the consumer market.
Facebook’s own Oculus Rift project leads this market, with pre-orders for its $600 VR headset already being processed. The involvement of the social media giant will help to revolutionise social and mobile gaming in the year ahead, adding three-dimensional landscapes and genuine authenticity to all types of experiences.
EHang’s Single rider Drone Taxi
CES would not be the event that it is without a glimpse at the weird and wonderful world of technology, as Chinese company EHang underlined with their quirky single rider drone taxi concept. While this is just an idea at this stage, it is based on the exciting notion of a 440-pound pilotless vehicle that can revolutionise the taxi sector. In the formative stages of development, it is worthy of merit from an innovation perspective despite the fact that it carries a projected cost in the region of $350,000.
Regardless of your opinion, however, there is little doubt that this product embodies the spirit that sits at the core of CES. So while it is adios until next year, we cannot help but consider what 2017’s instalment of CES will offer to the consumer market.