What we consumed best at the Consumer Electronics Show 2016!
This festive season, scooter boards are the new hot cakes

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We wait for the International CES (Consumer Electronics Show®) with baited breath every year. It’s a huge playground, the best kind. The world’s gathering place for all who thrive on consumer technologies. This year too we couldn’t help but gawk at the new products and technologies.

Most people were of the opinion that CES 2016 was more about making the good better, and that more than breakthrough technologies, most products were more about evolving the tech already in use. But like every year, this year too had some changing trends that could well change the way to imagine our future to be. Here are some of the takeaways:

Virtual Reality is for Real

We have been tip-toeing around the concept of virtual reality for a couple of years now. After the immense build up of it hitting mainstream and changing our lives as we know it, this year finally Facebook-owned Oculus Rift, finally went up for pre-order at CES.

To clear(er) Pictures

Television makers have been accessed with fitting as many pixels as possible for the past couple of years. We have seen the emergence of resolution, 4K, which is 4 times the full HD 1080p. The pace has slowed just a bit, in an attempt to let 4K hit the mainstream, but that did not stop LG from unveiling its 98 inch 8K TV.  Yes, it’s huge and the resolution is more than brilliant, but we reckon there’s still time for us to get used to the idea of it.

Mind on Wheels

Smart and Electrical Vehicles ran rampant this CES. Two names everyone spoke about were Faraday Future and General Motors. They seem to be standing up to industry pioneer Tesla. FFZERO1 by Faraday Future, a 1,000 horsepower electric car, grabbed eyeballs of many, though many believe that it’s still in its early stages of adapting to the mainstream. General Motors on the other hand unveiled the Chevrolet Bolt, a $30,000 electric vehicle (EV), making it the first affordable electric vehicle.

Flash of Nostalgia

While we took elephant steps towards flashy future technologies, there was something to cheer about, even for those who moan about the lost art of shooting on films. Kodak brought along a Super 8 film camera that shoots on 8mm film. More interestingly, there were also promises of conversion of footages shot on film to their 4K versions for later playback.

There was some cheer among Vinyl fans as well, Panasonic and Sony showcased direct-drive and belt-driven turntables respectively. Apparently the Sony version even allows songs to be ripped from vinyl to high quality too!

Best of both worlds really, right?

The mobile is your oyster

It’s the decade of the mobile. Mobile is the way to go. We might as well have that tattooed on our foreheads. Like any other CES since the last many years, this year too there was an avalanche of smart phones and wearables, each boasting of futuristic possibilities better than the other. So we are naturally not even trying to round a few off. Just letting you know that these are here to stay.

CES in January every year is our late Christmas Morning. No matter where we are, we try keeping up with whatever is happening on the floor.  We are sure you had your eyes hooked on CES 2016 too, and have your pick of technologies that blew your mind as well. Share them with us in the comments below.

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Electric hands-free scooters popularly known as hover-boards have captured the imagination of kids and adults (remember the Filipino priest?) alike. Although initially dismissed as a fad, hover-boards have literally flown off the shelves for most part of this year. So what is it about this toy that is making everyone hover over it?

It’s simple. The more unimaginable a technology the more it’s craze. Till a few years back, hover-boards were frequently used elements in popular science fictions and by ‘few’ years, we literally mean few. Now technology has got us pretty close to them and of course we can’t get enough.

Gadgets have always had their set of niche takers, but how have these hands free scooters inspired such levels of aspiration quotient? It’s quite predictable really. The world saw celebrities having fun with them on social media. Young heartthrobs like Justin Bieber and Kendal Jenner posted scooter board videos and broke the internet. Now, the best part, nobody seemed to have given two hoots to the fact that both fell off their boards by the end of the videos.

Now, pardon us for getting you all hot and bothered over hover-boards; because we have to break it to you that you might be a bit late if you have really set sights on them this New Year. Most retailers are reportedly out of stock and a lot of them aren’t re-stocking due to liability issues.

Also even if the toy can’t get any cooler, there have been frequent reports of them exploding or catching fire; and at this point of time there are countries/states that have banned these from public spaces (and even airlines too). But when has something like that stopped the geek in you from exploring a new gadget?

Nevertheless, they say in a few years hover-boards would be everywhere and like every other gadget will only get better with time. Add this to your Holiday buy-List and feel a lot cheery this New Year (read: future) already.

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