A steerable three-wheeled electric skateboard with handlebars and a phone mount, the Street Surfer looks like tons of fun to use and not that hard to get the hang of for those of us who wobble like Weebles but do fall down (if Emme Hall's video is an accurate indication). Unfortunately, still in development -- the Kickstarter won't even go live until February.

The Best Gadgets on CES 2016 (part 7)

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

LG Signature dual-sided OLED video wall

My last TV-related pick, this cool set of linked displays isn't intended for your living room, but it's a great proof of concept and something you're liable to see more of in public spaces.
My last TV-related pick, this cool set of linked displays isn’t intended for your living room, but it’s a great proof of concept and something you’re liable to see more of in public spaces.

Cycle Board Street Surfer

A steerable three-wheeled electric skateboard with handlebars and a phone mount, the Street Surfer looks like tons of fun to use and not that hard to get the hang of for those of us who wobble like Weebles but do fall down (if Emme Hall's video is an accurate indication). Unfortunately, still in development -- the Kickstarter won't even go live until February.
A steerable three-wheeled electric skateboard with handlebars and a phone mount, the Street Surfer looks like tons of fun to use and not that hard to get the hang of for those of us who wobble like Weebles but do fall down (if Emme Hall’s video is an accurate indication). Unfortunately, still in development — the Kickstarter won’t even go live until February.

TipTalk

Samsung has its fingers in a lot of wearable projects, but I think the TipTalk is one of the most practical (though maybe that's just because I've yet to see a wearable that I'm willing to strap on my wrist). In theory, it adds fitness tracking, notifications and calling to any watch, including the ability to conduct calls by touching near your ear. Samsung has yet to spin off the company that will be responsible for bringing it to market, so who knows when we'll see it as a product, though.
Samsung has its fingers in a lot of wearable projects, but I think the TipTalk is one of the most practical (though maybe that’s just because I’ve yet to see a wearable that I’m willing to strap on my wrist). In theory, it adds fitness tracking, notifications and calling to any watch, including the ability to conduct calls by touching near your ear. Samsung has yet to spin off the company that will be responsible for bringing it to market, so who knows when we’ll see it as a product, though.

PowerUp FPV drone

An electronic paper airplane, the PowerUp is a lightweight flying machine toting a live streaming camera -- FPV stands for "first person view", for the VR headset you can use with it. None of that's really new, but the cool part of the PowerUp is that's not only constructed from heavy-duty paper, you can fold your own designs as well. And when used with a VR headset like Google Cardboard, you can steer the plane by moving your head. It's in the final stages of an already 400%-funded Kickstarter campaign where it's selling for $179 (around AU$255 or £120), though there are plans to bring it to retail soon for $199, or $149 without the headset (AU$280/AU$210; £135/£100).
An electronic paper airplane, the PowerUp is a lightweight flying machine toting a live streaming camera — FPV stands for “first person view”, for the VR headset you can use with it. None of that’s really new, but the cool part of the PowerUp is that’s not only constructed from heavy-duty paper, you can fold your own designs as well. And when used with a VR headset like Google Cardboard, you can steer the plane by moving your head. It’s in the final stages of an already 400%-funded Kickstarter campaign where it’s selling for $179 (around AU$255 or £120), though there are plans to bring it to retail soon for $199, or $149 without the headset (AU$280/AU$210; £135/£100).

Segway Ninebot

Personal robots don't float my boat -- at least not yet. At best, in their current form their only practical application is carrying things around for you; a nontrivial but infrequently needed task at a much more expensive price than, say, a cart. That's why I love Segway's approach: it's a robot that can carry you around while you're waiting for it to be more useful in other ways. And I'm all for anything that I (or my cats) can ride. It looks like a RealSense-enhanced version of the Ninebot Mini announced in China in fall 2015.
Personal robots don’t float my boat — at least not yet. At best, in their current form their only practical application is carrying things around for you; a nontrivial but infrequently needed task at a much more expensive price than, say, a cart. That’s why I love Segway’s approach: it’s a robot that can carry you around while you’re waiting for it to be more useful in other ways. And I’m all for anything that I (or my cats) can ride. It looks like a RealSense-enhanced version of the Ninebot Mini announced in China in fall 2015.

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