CES 2016: the most brilliant products from the display
CES, Consumer Electronics Show, is an international technological and electronic show which attracts major industrial professionals from all over the world. The show is usually held at Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, U.S and is majorly conducted every January. Surprisingly, the show has much more to offer than any other human being can offer and digest in a week especially due to the fact that the show is majorly composed of professionals.
Just like any other reward, the CES awards are grouped into different categories. These categories include the best startup, the best fitness and health products, the best wearable, the best automotive technology, the best home theater products, best TV products, the best gaming products, the best PCs and many more. We selected the most interesting and of course categories that mainly use PCBs for you. How can I have my product feature in the CES awards? Well, we recommend that you go through the CES eligibility requirements and fill the submission requirements. The editorial team of the awards then selects the winners in the 15 out of the 16 categories, some of which have been mentioned above and discussed below.
The first virtual reality after centuries of research
Over the past few decades, the whole world has been eyeing the implementation of virtual reality. Luckily, with the 3 big VR headsets which are already stocked in retail stores, we expect that in 2016 we will not just preview the virtual reality at tech conventions and meetings but something that consumers and gamers can use at their homes. In 2016, the best VR award was won by the Oculus Rift whose combination of the spatial audio, the headset itself and the Oculus Touch Controllers has no potential competitors as of today.
However, the products are not cheap since during CES, Rift’s announced that their package goes for US$599 (Engadget.com, 2016).
The second best in this category is the HTC Vive which is being marketed for room-scale VR out of the gates. This package has a clever clear camera system which alerts the user of any obstacles in a room before they can smack into them. However, as much as this technology is appreciated, it can be unrealistic especially from the arguments that very few people will devote some space in their houses to VR.
Advancement of wearable tech beyond the smart watch
For an appreciable period of time, wearable technology did not appear much different from Google glass and smart watches but for the past few years, there have been tremendous innovations and improvements in this field. The award for the best wearable tech product in the CES awards was won by Doppler Labs which manufactures quite unique earphones. When these earphones are inserted in the ears and then a pair of smartphone used to remix the sounds generated in the environment, a very different perception of the world around you is achieved.
The second best products in this category are the Avegant Glyph personal theaters which have been in this position for quite some time now. These wearable tech devices can now be purchased from the distributors at $599. However, experts recommend that while using the Glyph to enjoy music in the public, you should be ready to attract crowds due to the nature of sound control achieved by these devices. This is technology at its best.
The use of digital category on roads
In the past few years, CES has expanded its scope to feature digital innovations in the transportation arena and in 2016 some of the finest world’s achievements on roads were showcased. The 2016 award was won by the FFZERO1 Concept vehicle which is an electric car with 4 motors punching out over 1,000 bhp held in radically designed carbon fiber shells.
The Volkswagen Microbus concept was also introduced in 2016 in the form of the Budd-e. This implies that there is a promising future where vehicles shall be controlled by voice, touch and gesture around a multi-display hub and new outline architecture of super-fast charging times.
The most interesting transportation achievement was not a car but the Ehang 184 Autonomous Aerial Vehicle, the AAV which is a 20kg drone designed to carry one passenger from one location to another.
On the other hand, drones continued to demand a sizeable chunk of floor space at the awards but most of the items presented had already featured in previous shows. This includes the Intelligent Energy fuel cell-range extender which unlike the Horizon Energy Systems’ cell-powered Hycopters could see many drones in the air soon.
Home entertainment and other gears
In the home entertainment category, the Samsung future TV zone which has modular displays moving around a wall won the category. This special feature has the ability to take on different color themes, shapes and cooler items can be viewed on the screen.
There is also another Samsung device that was found to split the differences between iPad Pro and the Surface Pro 4. To be precise, this is windows 10 running Galaxy TabPro S. The device is thin like mobile tablets and has a crazy light but it runs desktop software in the 2-in-1 form factor.
In other areas of electronics like 3D printing, there were some great improvements. To begin with, in 3D printing, there was intense adoption smartphone photography also being used with iPhone lenses to help in photography and printing. There was also a surprising feature of Kodak’s super 8 movie camera and high resolution turntables from Sony and Panasonic. Moreover, some new sporting robotics with helper capabilities were introduced by Segway and Samsung came up with a way to reboot its smart fridge.