The Best Tech From CES 2016

If you wanted to get a good look at what will, no doubt, be ground zero for the Skynet revolution and eventual enslavement of the human race by sentient robots, then the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas earlier this month was the place to be. The show revealed, as usual, a plethora of new consumer gadgets and devices. From televisions to headphones, drones to smarter activity trackers, CES had everything you might imagine, and more. So we’ve rounded up the best-designed and most useful products from over 3,600 exhibitors. This is the technology that just might change the way we live. Well, this year anyway.

The Segway Robot
The robot that got the most attention at CES was the Intel and Segway robot. With 3D depth-sensing cameras that allow for navigation without input, you can ride it just like a regular Segway or you can make it your butler by having it transport things like your luggage. The robot is connected to the Internet and you can use your phone to manage it, but what makes it cool is that it’s been built using an open platform so that developers have more freedom in creating new applications for it to make it more useful.

Release Date: Later this year
Price: TBD

The Samsung Modular TV
How do you build the largest TV? You break it into several smaller panels of course. The Samsung uses multiple, independent screens that come together in different forms. The panels can be used on their own, or form screens in different aspect ratios. The cool factor is that the screens join with other screens in a totally seamless fashion.

Release Date: TBD
Price: TBD

The LG Signature G6 OLED TV
The HDR-capable G6 with OLED has the best picture quality out there. And since OLED sets can be impossibly thin and light, the G6 measures in at less than a tenth of an inch thick, almost as thin as card stock.

Release Date: Mid 2016
Price: $10,000 +/-

The HP 4K Elitebook Folio G1
Customers in search of laptops are always looking for those that are light and razor-thin for ultra portability. The G1 is being touted as the world’s thinnest ultabook, measuring just 0.47 inches at its thickest point. It’s obviously thinner than the 2015 12-inch MacBook, which measures 0.52 inches. The G1 weighs in at only 2.2 pounds, and a 4K UHD display makes the screen pop.

Release Date: March
Price: $999

The Samsung Family Hub Refrigerator
The Hub isn’t like the smart fridge duds of the past. It’s so innovative that it was even highlighted in the company’s CES keynote. Prior smart fridges had small touchscreens, so video playback, for example, was a waste. The Hub, powered by Wi-Fi, stands out due to a giant touchscreen that’s built into the upper right side of the door. This allows for more clarity. You can add schedules to a daily calendar that will instantly sync to your family’s phones. The Hub comes with many apps, like Pandora, and you can order groceries from it. Cameras inside can even send pictures to your phone while shopping so you don’t overbuy or forget something.

Release Date: Spring
Price: $5000+

The HTC Vive VR Headset
What makes this VR headset unique is that it allows you to physically move around in a limited area to better explore a virtual space. In addition, when turned on, a camera in the front allows you a glimpse of what’s actually happening around you without you having to remove the device. VR isn’t just for gamers. It allows you to visit places that you might not have been able to do in reality, such as to see a glimpse of Paris.

Release Date: Later this year
Price: TBD

The Ehang 184 AVV Drone
There were many drones on display, but the one that stood out was truly revolutionary, and “WTF?” inducing. The 184 AVV (Autonomous Aerial Vehicle) is a drone that a single person can ride in to get from one location to another in a short to medium distance. The 184 is designed to simply turn on, and its automated flight system will take control from there and doesn’t require a pilot’s license to operate.

Release Date: Later this year
Price: $200,000 - $300,000

The Fasetto Link Portable Hard Drive
The Link is a very tiny box (1.9x1.9x0.9") that fits in your hand. Yet, it’s a powerful portable storage device that provides anywhere from 256GBs to 2TBs of storage in one, localized space, so you’re never without your digital content. Because the Link is so small, there’s no Ethernet port. Instead, it uses WiFi to connect with a network and can be, well, linked, to up to 20 devices. Also, it can stream music, movies, videos and other content regardless of platform from up to seven devices simultaneously.

TRelease Date: Late 2016
Price: TBD