On the eve of this year's CES in Las Vegas, the tradeshow's best and brightest gathered for an early showcase to journalists and industry figures. Here are our favorite discoveries of this year's CES Unveiled.
Last year saw Nokia and Blackberry make their own comebacks to the smartphone market. This year could well see classic PDAs do the same - at least, that's the sell behind Planet Computer's Gemini. An Android-powered smartphone with a fully-integrated keyboard and clamshell design, it promises to benefit users who simply can't do without.
HyperX are moving to the 3DNAND SSD game with their own effort. Expect more details to leak out later this week.
Forget smart showers, underwear, shoes and mirrors - Moodo was by far the most interesting potential addition to your smart home at CES Unveiled.The innovative smart home fragrance device allows you to mix, match and generate unique aromas for your house on the fly using an app, Amazon Alexa or IFTTT.
While there were plenty of true wireless earbuds on display at this year's CES Unveiled, Jabra's third-generation of Bluetooth buds arguably stole the show. The company are expanding their true wireless offering with three new headsets that offer better battery life, call-quality and smart assistant integration.
OLEDCOMM's MyLiFi might not sound like much. However, it could be one of the biggest developments in networking tech in decades. The MyLiFi allows you to wireless network your home using light fidelity transmissions capable of speeds of 224Gbps. Until now, LiFi has been the stuff of science labs. If OLEDCOMM are able to deliver on their promises here, it could soon become the norm.
While the attention-measuring BrainCo Focus headband does (at a glance) looks and feel a stone's throw away from becoming an episode of Black Mirror, there is definitely something compelling about it and the cutting edge engineering behind it. BrainCo themselves say that the wearable (which measures your focus) offers some fascinating applications in the education space, allowing teacher to measure and better understand what approaches to the classroom do a better job of holding the attention and engaging students.
Although it hasn't yet been confirmed for any sort of Australian availability, the Rylo 360-degree looks INCREDIBLE in action. Promising both ground-breaking new EIS tech, 4K-quality recording and an inututive set of editing tools, it definitely caught more than a few eyes.
SGNL was a nifty wearable that allow you to take phone calls by simply putting your finger to you ear. It's certainly not going to be for everyone. However, as a concept, it's tinged with the futuristic flavor that CES is known for. What's more, since its the strap that's smart - rather than the watch - you can actually use it as an add-on to your existing smartwatch.
Smart mirrors were another big staple of this year's Unveiled event. Some relied on things like voice commands (via Amazon Alexa) to allow you to navigate the interface with minimal fuss. Others, like Miliboo's EKKO, use gesture controls.
Velco's Winkbar promises to shake up the cycling space by bringing a dash of smarts to the equation. The souped-up handlebar allows riders to be more visible on the road, navigate using their phone's GPS and even track down their bike should it be stolen.
This little ring might not look like much. However, in action, it was one of the most compelling little gadgets on the show floor. The Neova is a connected ring which allows your hand movements to create unique and more dynamic music.
Ecovacs are set to move the automated cleaning robot arms race foward with the arrival of their new Winbot X.
Aquatic drones are fast becoming a new niche in the market, and the wired Fifish promises to do away with all the pesky connectivity issues that have plagued some of its competition. It's also packing a 20-megapixel camera capable of shooting in 4K.
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