Lego + robots + programming + kids = win.

The Best Gadgets on CES 2016 (part 9)

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

LG see-through OLED TV

I'm not sure I want to walk around a mall filled with digital signage overlaying stuff I want to look at, but these see-through TV screens are a neat proof-of-concept of some of the feats that can be performed with OLED technology.
I’m not sure I want to walk around a mall filled with digital signage overlaying stuff I want to look at, but these see-through TV screens are a neat proof-of-concept of some of the feats that can be performed with OLED technology.

Lenovo Project Tango phone

Google's Project Tango is an attempt to map inside spaces, where GPS isn't granular enough, the way it has outside spaces. One major application for that is enabling your mobile phone to know which store you're standing in front of at the mall, or directions to find Ikea in a massive outlet store complex. Convenient! Of course, they're not doing this out of altruism. It's also to let them serve you up hyperlocalized ads, such as a discount on the electric scooter in the window that you're gazing at lovingly. And it would provide a gold mine of data for them. But I digress: Lenovo will be releasing the first Project Tango-enabled phone this summer for about $500, and it's got three cameras to sense color, depth and spatial layout.
Google’s Project Tango is an attempt to map inside spaces, where GPS isn’t granular enough, the way it has outside spaces. One major application for that is enabling your mobile phone to know which store you’re standing in front of at the mall, or directions to find Ikea in a massive outlet store complex. Convenient! Of course, they’re not doing this out of altruism. It’s also to let them serve you up hyperlocalized ads, such as a discount on the electric scooter in the window that you’re gazing at lovingly. And it would provide a gold mine of data for them. But I digress: Lenovo will be releasing the first Project Tango-enabled phone this summer for about $500, and it’s got three cameras to sense color, depth and spatial layout.

Opcom Farm Cube

Whether you're a persnickity chef, want to make sure you've got a food source when the zombie apocalypse hits -- after technology fails you're on your own, though -- or somewhere on the spectrum between, the Opcom Far Cube looks like it will help the blackest of thumbs grow vegetables. A $4,000 rack with bicolor LED lights and a touchscreen control panel, it knows how much light Boston lettuce requires compared with Bibb and butter, even if you don't.
Whether you’re a persnickity chef, want to make sure you’ve got a food source when the zombie apocalypse hits — after technology fails you’re on your own, though — or somewhere on the spectrum between, the Opcom Far Cube looks like it will help the blackest of thumbs grow vegetables. A $4,000 rack with bicolor LED lights and a touchscreen control panel, it knows how much light Boston lettuce requires compared with Bibb and butter, even if you don’t.

ELAC’s Uni-Fi UB5

My ears are pretty dumb. So if our audio expert says that out of all the speakers blaring at the show, these bookshelf units "exhilirated" him in a way he hadn't been since CES 2012, well, I'll take his word for it. They're not the best-sounding or best-looking, but they're not $65,000 either. They're only $500 (about AU$720 or £345).
My ears are pretty dumb. So if our audio expert says that out of all the speakers blaring at the show, these bookshelf units “exhilirated” him in a way he hadn’t been since CES 2012, well, I’ll take his word for it. They’re not the best-sounding or best-looking, but they’re not $65,000 either. They’re only $500 (about AU$720 or £345).

Spin Master Air Hogs Connect

This forthcoming game combines two of the hottest trends in tech: augmented reality and drone flying. QED.
This forthcoming game combines two of the hottest trends in tech: augmented reality and drone flying. QED.

Fusar Smart Helmet

You're probably already cycling or skiing with a camera strapped to you somewhere. You might as well make it useful. This helmet's action cam (or a handlebar-based version) will text or email your emergency contact if its internal sensors detect you're goin' DOWN!
You’re probably already cycling or skiing with a camera strapped to you somewhere. You might as well make it useful. This helmet’s action cam (or a handlebar-based version) will text or email your emergency contact if its internal sensors detect you’re goin’ DOWN!

Lego WeDo 2.0

Lego + robots + programming + kids = win.
Lego + robots + programming + kids = win.

Take a trip back in time

That's all for CES 2016. But it's never too late to revisit what we thought was the cool stuff at last year's show!
That’s all for CES 2016. But it’s never too late to revisit what we thought was the cool stuff at last year’s show!

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