This is my 4th trip to CES and CES 2016 was an exceptionally fun year where I got to meet a ton of other YouTubers. There were a ton of people and I literally got 4 hours of sleep everyday but I could feel the energy of the best tech of 2016. Let me give you my Top 10 Best of CES 2016.
First up, I got to see up-close with the world’s first passenger drone. This is the eHang 184 from a Chinese company that has 8 propellers with automated flight from point a to b. I was actually thinking that some day we will see drones replacing helicopters and airplanes and this is probably the tip of the iceburg. In 10 years, I believe many of us will be traveling in drones not cars. As an avid drone owner, it was nice to see a life sized version for humans.
There were a lot of drone companies showing off drones and besides the eHang 184 human drone, what got my attention was the Nanodrone from OnagoFly. Weighing at just 140 grams, this nanodrone also comes with a 15MP 1080P camera, GPS navigation, obstacle avoidance, follow mode, and even supports VR in FPV mode so you can see in real-time while the drone is in flight. You can actually pre-order this little bad boy on Indigogo for just $199. While I love my Phantom 2 drone, it’s not great for taking it with me while I travel. With this nanodrone, I will be able to do pretty much everything in much smaller package.
Samsung had an excellent display of 22 4K TVs that were moving and made up an 88K TV altogether. This was probably one of the dopest TV setups I have seen. It’s probably not practical but then again, 9 out of 10 things at CES are cool to look at but never make it to the market.
Samsung also had a new smartbelt they were working on called Samsung Welt, dubbed wellness belt. This smartbelt is actually really cool as you can adjust the belt’s tension with your smartphone and even track your steps, how much you eat, and even senses if you overate as the belt has a sensor to measure your belly. Not sure this belt will make it out to the market but it definitely stood out as something they should. I hate adjusting my belt and this smartbelt will allow me to adjust it just the way I want it.
Next, Suitable Tech’s Beam was a really interesting concept. Using a contraption that looks like a vacuum robot with a big LCD strapped on top of it, it’s actually a video conferencing robot that the user can control to interact with the world. For example, if your kid broke his legs and cannot walk for 2 weeks, he can use the Beam to attend school without ever stepping out of bed and interact with others.
I have the Kodak SP360 and Kodak has just announced the SP360 4K, which I went by briefly. But Nikon pretty much slammed them with a full 360 degree 4K action camera called KeyMisson 360. It has two lenses unlike the Kodak 4K camera and gives you full 360 degree view in 4K. This is probably the best 4K 360 degree camera out right that comes in such a small form factor. I will definitely grab one of these to show you when it’s out on the market.
Genworth, an insurance company, had an interesting robot called R70i that allows you to experience being old. Initially I thought this was a robot designed to help disabled people to walk better but it actually does the opposite, makes you old and disables you from walking normally and experience of getting old. If you ever want to feel why your grampa or gramma has back pains walking to the kitchen, you will definitely have to try this out at the next CES.
I actually didn’t see that many 8K TVs this year but LG had their 98-inch 8K TV, which was probably the best TV I have seen at the show. This is one of the largest 8K TVs in the world and you probably won’t be able to buy one for another few years but seeing it in person made me warm inside. Okay, don’t get jealous, go to CES next year.
CES isn’t typically a good show for Android in general but this year Huawei launched their Huawei Mate 8 and Honor 5X officially to the U.S. at CES 2016. Huawei’s Mate 8 with Kirin processor scores above current speed king Note 5 at around 90,000 on Antutu. Currently, this is the fastest phone on the market “right now”. I did receive both of them for review from Huawei (thanks to Taylor and Samantha) and I wanted to wait until I was ready to do unboxing for you guys. I should have that shortly next week so watch out for that coming soon.
Okay, probably the coolest Android smartphone I saw at the show was LeTV Max Pro, which is the world’s first smartphone with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820. This phone also comes with Marshmallow Android 6.0, fingerprint sensor, and a design that’s awfully similar to Huawei Nexus 6P and Mate 8. I am actually really impressed that they were able to bring this to the show and the Snapdragon 820 Antutu benchmarks scored 130,000, which kills everything else out on the market. Of course, this isn’t on the market yet and Samsung’s Galaxy S7 and LG G5 both will probably have the Snapdragon 820 but being able to play with a phone got me super high on Android.
Sennheiser also had their new $50,000 Orpheus headphones which I got to try out. Theses are $50,000 headphones anyone can buy and if you ask me if they are worth it, I will tell you that they definitely are. Even at super loud settings, the Orpheus headphones reproduce sound without distortion and at low volume, you can hear even the minute separation of sound. If you want to see the full demo we took, check out link to our livestream in the description.
Now, that wraps up my Top 10 Best of CES and I didn’t do it in any particular order. I only picked the Top 10 best things I saw at CES. If you want to see every, single thing I saw at CES this year, don’t forget to check out replays of my CES livestream coverage as I have livestreamed everything I saw.
Lastly but not least, I hung around some of the most interesting people at CES including Tim Schofield, Dan, Kevin the Tech Ninja, Jeff Springer, Danny Winget, Armando Ferrera, Carlos, Alberto from CooLoserTech, Rob who helped me out at the show hold my camera rig, Rivers from Tech Connect, Darcy, Ash, Josh, and everyone from Android Authority, Chris Chavez and Rob Jackson from Phandroid, MKBHD, Austin, Jonathan from TLDToday, Lew from UnboxTherapy, Peter, and if I didn’t mention your name, we didn’t say goodbyes so I will see you all next year!
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