It's the essence of object-oriented programming: snapping together objects to make something perform tasks. There are lots of toys intended to stealthily teach kids the fundamentals of programming and robotics, but the eight-module Code-a-Pillar looks cute while doing it. And because there are no small parts, you don't have to worry about toddlers chowing down on the pieces. I kind of want one for myself. You'll be able to turn your kid into a coding butterfly starting in June, for $50 (about £35 or AU$70).

The Best Gadgets on CES 2016 (part 4)

All the cool new gadgets at CES 2016.
Our picks of the hottest, coolest and most sizzling tech on show in Las Vegas.

Sony PSH-X500 turntable

If you're mourning the loss of vinyl, Sony's offering a way to preserve your records without losing the tonal characteristics you love. Direct-to-digital turntables aren't new, but this one records to DSD, Sony's high-quality digital audio format.
If you’re mourning the loss of vinyl, Sony’s offering a way to preserve your records without losing the tonal characteristics you love. Direct-to-digital turntables aren’t new, but this one records to DSD, Sony’s high-quality digital audio format.

Withings Go

I don't know quite why this e-ink-based fitness tracker stood out for me; possibly because it looks like what I think a fitness Swatch should look like (rather than what they do look like). The Withings products look simple with a clean, somewhat whimsical design. They just make me smile. Still won't make me join the tracker craze, though. The Go will be available in the first quarter of this year and will cost $70 in the US. International prices aren't available yet, but the price roughly converts to £50 or AU$100.
I don’t know quite why this e-ink-based fitness tracker stood out for me; possibly because it looks like what I think a fitness Swatch should look like (rather than what they do look like). The Withings products look simple with a clean, somewhat whimsical design. They just make me smile. Still won’t make me join the tracker craze, though. The Go will be available in the first quarter of this year and will cost $70 in the US. International prices aren’t available yet, but the price roughly converts to £50 or AU$100.

Nikon D5

It's not for everyone, but this new pro camera offers the highest light sensitivity to date -- ISO 3,280,000. So if you have $6,500 (£4,430 and AU$9,100) and like to photograph things moving really fast in really dim light, this is the camera to crave.
It’s not for everyone, but this new pro camera offers the highest light sensitivity to date — ISO 3,280,000. So if you have $6,500 (£4,430 and AU$9,100) and like to photograph things moving really fast in really dim light, this is the camera to crave.

Moff Fitness Band

Whenever I see those "interfaces of the future" that require grand arm gestures, I laugh; that's just not efficient, and a lot more work than most people want to put in to perform ordinary tasks. The $55 Moff band (roughly £50 or AU$75) gets that point. It lets you play Pac-Man by gesticulating wildly, and recognizes that it's a workout. A fun, silly workout.
Whenever I see those “interfaces of the future” that require grand arm gestures, I laugh; that’s just not efficient, and a lot more work than most people want to put in to perform ordinary tasks. The $55 Moff band (roughly £50 or AU$75) gets that point. It lets you play Pac-Man by gesticulating wildly, and recognizes that it’s a workout. A fun, silly workout.

Fisher-Price Code-a-Pillar

It's the essence of object-oriented programming: snapping together objects to make something perform tasks. There are lots of toys intended to stealthily teach kids the fundamentals of programming and robotics, but the eight-module Code-a-Pillar looks cute while doing it. And because there are no small parts, you don't have to worry about toddlers chowing down on the pieces. I kind of want one for myself. You'll be able to turn your kid into a coding butterfly starting in June, for $50 (about £35 or AU$70).
It’s the essence of object-oriented programming: snapping together objects to make something perform tasks. There are lots of toys intended to stealthily teach kids the fundamentals of programming and robotics, but the eight-module Code-a-Pillar looks cute while doing it. And because there are no small parts, you don’t have to worry about toddlers chowing down on the pieces. I kind of want one for myself. You’ll be able to turn your kid into a coding butterfly starting in June, for $50 (about £35 or AU$70).

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