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The annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas is one of the most hotly awaited tech events of the year, providing a glimpse into what kind of new consumer gadgetry awaits us in the near future. And boy, this year had some doozies!

But with 3,600 companies demonstrating their products over 2.4 million square feet of exhibition space over four full days, you might have missed some of the cooler showcases. Plus, it might be hard to tell what’s simply a prototype/demonstration and what’s actually going to be a product you can use.

So let’s round up the cream of the crop from CES 2016, but focus on what we might actually see in stores this year.

1. HTC Vive Pre + Chaperone

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Put simply, when you come close to a wall or are in danger of knocking a physical object, Chaperone displays a virtual blueprint of the real world, using a front-facing camera. You can also activate this by tapping a menu button.

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From a consumer perspective, it makes such virtual reality helmets safer in the home, plus you won’t need to take off your glasses every time you want to grab a sip of your soda. Pre-orders for the Vive Pre start at the end of February, but HTC hasn’t announced a price yet.

2. Samsung Family Hub Smart Fridge

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The coolest bit involves cameras inside the fridge that take photos of the compartments, so you can see what you have in stock — or what you’re lacking — no matter where you are, even from the grocery store. Heck, you don’t even need to go to the grocery store because you can order stuff directly from the touchscreen. You can also listen to music, look up recipes, and do all the cool things that today’s best smart fridges 3 Best Smart Refrigerators You Can Buy Right Now 3 Best Smart Refrigerators You Can Buy Right Now There is currently a set of new smart fridge models, as manufacturers attempt to give their next generation of products a new appeal. There are some great products on the market. Read More  can already do.

But the focus here is on “family”. A fridge is where you leave notes, hang up pictures and report cards, and so on. The Family Hub’s large touchscreen lets a family write notes, update and share calendars, post photos and artwork, and make it about the family again.

At $5,000, it is crazy expensive though. Plus, Samsung hasn’t addressed security concerns after its earlier smart fridge got hacked Samsung's Smart Fridge Just Got Pwned. How About The Rest Of Your Smart Home? Samsung's Smart Fridge Just Got Pwned. How About The Rest Of Your Smart Home? A vulnerability with Samsung's smart fridge was discovered by UK-based infosec firm Pen Test Parters. Samsung’s implementation of SSL encryption doesn’t check the validity of the certificates. Read More .

3. Razer Blade Stealth + Core

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Basically, you have to pair the Stealth with a Core graphics box, which is an external GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) that plugs into the laptop via Thunderbolt for high-speed data transmission. You can fit AMD or Nvidia graphics cards into the Core, and even upgrade them later if necessary.

Yeah, that Core unit isn’t going to be something you can lug around, but this is a great example of a laptop that can be a gaming unit when you want to play games, while also giving you portability when you want to move around.

The Razer Blade Stealth, up for preorders, starts at $999 and goes up to $1,599, and will start shipping at the end of January. Razer hasn’t yet said how much the Core will cost or when it goes on sale, but we can expect an announcement on this soon.

4. The Segway Robot

Intel and Segway came together to show what is possibly the coolest robot at CES this year. Meet the Segway Robot. It’s partly a Segway, so you can zoom around without walking, but when you aren’t using it for transport, it turns in a cool little robot! And it has a fun, likable personality, not like the humanoid bots you’ll be scared of 7 Real Humanoid Robots That Will Give You Nightmares 7 Real Humanoid Robots That Will Give You Nightmares Robots are starting to move, look, and speak like people. Unfortunately, as with any cutting edge venture, sometimes you fly a little too close to the sun. Read More .

Now this robot has “eyes” in the form of 3D depth-sensing cameras and a fisheye tracking camera, which let it navigate without needing input. This robot is also connected to the Internet, so you can move it around with your phone. And this robot has a camera of its own, so it’s kind of your personal photographer too, and it has voice controls.

What’s nice is that it’s built using an open platform, so other developers can easily add “arms” and other attachments or applications to make it do even more than it already can.

5. Lego Education WeDo 2.0

Perhaps the best technology showcased at CES was targeted at those who weren’t even at CES: children.

Lego launched WeDo 2.0, a robotics educational kit for kids in elementary school. It combines the fun of the Lego-building process with simple logic programming. With this, Lego is advancing its participation in STEM education after the NXT Mindstorms kit LEGO Mindstorms NXT 2.0 Review and Giveaway LEGO Mindstorms NXT 2.0 Review and Giveaway LEGO is a product that transcends generations - I still have a few boxes in the loft. It is one of those few brands that has adapted well to the changing times - introducing themed... Read More .

The WeDo Education Kit has all the pieces, sensors, and motors you will need, along with freely downloadable software that works on iPad, Android, Windows and Mac. The software is easy enough for children of that age to use, and the blocks and pieces are safety-checked thoroughly.

The kit encourages students to build robots or learn basic coding. My favorite bit was where Lego said there is no “right way” to build the robot, and so students are free to get creative with their designs. The Lego WeDo 2.0 starts at $159.95 for the core set and can already be ordered.

6. Carl Zeiss Smart Glasses

2016 may or may not be realistic for this one, but it’s so awesome that it can’t be ignored. The much-vaunted Google Glass project is great Google Glass Review and Giveaway Google Glass Review and Giveaway We were lucky enough to get a pair of Google Glass to review, and we're giving it away! Read More , but you can’t escape looking like you’re wearing something strange and funny. At CES, optics giant Carl Zeiss showed how to make it fashionable with the Carl Zeiss Smart Glasses.

Much like Google Glass, what you get is a heads-up display on a pair of glasses — but there’s no bulky, futuristic-looking unit here. Instead, the arms of the glasses house the machinery, while an OLED display sits at the intersection of the arm and the lens. Using the curve of the glasses, the OLED display is able to show you information in a way that’s both noticeable and natural.

No word on price or availability yet, but hey, considering how much involvement Carl Zeiss has in the world of technology, I’m optimistic about this one!

Which CES Gadgets Impressed You?

This isn’t a full rundown of all the cool tech at CES 2016, but these are gadgets which we are more likely to see this year rather than in the distant future.

If you’ve been following CES 2016 and found some great tech that wowed you, share with us in the comments. It can be anything from the new Parrot drone to the self-driving Ehang copter. We’d love to hear about all of the great showcases that wowed you!

  1. John
    January 20, 2016 at 2:27 pm

    Why are the tech Glasses always using the right eye? Some of us humans cannot see out of our right eyes and depend on our left eyes to see the world and the tech we use.

  2. Fred Schechter
    January 13, 2016 at 11:25 pm

    The Rise Robotics Bacon air compressor was astounding! Too bad so many people missed it. Quiet, light, battery powered. I'm in no way affiliated, I was simply blown away at how great it was. That's the one thing from the show that everyone seemed to miss how great it was.

  3. suleiman
    January 13, 2016 at 5:13 pm

    eHang 184! If this becomes the reality then the dream of flying " cars" is achieved. I didn't go to CES 2016 but I was lucky enough to follow Max Lee who was broadcasting the event live on YouTube. ( Make use of guys/gals try to ask Max Lee to explain how he was able to broadcast live on you-tube using his camera and four cellphones for the data usage. He was broadcasting at 720p ! )

    Here is the link to Max review on eHang 184 :

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_ydlFyoPh8

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