As always, the Consumer Electronics Show wowed everyone in attendance with their array of new and exciting gadgets and tech innovations. But again, as always; there were a few standout developments that nobody could stop talking about.
Here are a few of the most buzzworthy gadgets and tech seen at this year’s CES 2016:Old-New School Turntable Tech
There were several turntables on display at CES 2016. In fact, there was an overall trend of retro tech being made new and exciting with the addition of modern features. Two of the most talked-about record players at CES 2016 were the Technics SL-1200 and the less-hyped (but more practical for consumers) Sony PS-HX500.
The new Sony turntable prices at $600, and has a pre-amp built in so you can just plug it into any sound system that you already have. It has a USB port so you can transfer digital audio to your computer and “back up” and archive your vinyl collection, and it also features a fun built-in audio editor for creating your own recordings.Kodak’s New Super 8
In keeping with the reinventing of old-school nostalgic tech, the classic Super 8 camera just got a modern upgrade by Yves Behar. It starts at about $400, and it’s impressively user-friendly. It’s a interesting combination of film and digital tech, and it’s designed to bring back the in-the-backyard home movie-making experience.The Parrot Disco
It sounds like a flamboyant nightclub, but Parrot’s latest unmanned aerial vehicle is infinitely cooler than most of the drones we’ve seen heretofore. It looks like a very high-tech toy. And it kind of works like one.
Similar to those balsawood fliers with the rubber band wind-up propellers, you simply switch on the Disco and launch it into the air like you would a paper airplane. It’ll go into autopilot and it’s A.I. will take it from there. It’s more efficient with its single-propellor design than the standard drone quadrocopter that’s remained popular up until this point. It can even handle up to 45 minutes of flight on a single charge, reaching a top speed of 50 mph.
It’s not on the market yet with no release date or pricing info to speak of. But this model may change the future design of commercially-available drones.The Glyph
While it’s designed to be used as an accessory for drones, Avegant, it’s parent company, calls it the “world’s first personal theater.” This futuristic looking headpiece looks like Geordi LaForge's eyeset from “Star Trek,” and it allows you to see what your drone sees in crystal-clear 1280 x 720 HD resolution. It takes the term “bird’s eye view” to a whole new level.
Avegant obvious has plans to expand the capabilities of the Glyph to be used for more mainstream purposes; as a new way to view television and movies. It sounds like something you’ve heard before, but the Glyph does it so well that it received USA Today’s CES 2016 Editor's Choice award.
It’s already available for purchase on their website for $699, but unless you already have a drone to play with, you might want to wait a bit longer for them to expand their business model.