The best of CES 2016: the tech that stole the show

Tech companies big and small gathered in Las Vegas for the the Consumer Electronics Show this week. In case you missed any of it, here’s our pick of the best tech from CES...

Tech companies big and small gathered in Las Vegas for the the Consumer Electronics Show this week. In case you missed any of it, here’s our pick of the best tech from CES...

HDR: TV's newest buzzword

In a nutshell: The future of TV watching has landed – with paper-thin sets and brighter, bolder picture quality.

Without a doubt, the big TV news at CES was HDR – with Samsung, LG and Sony all showcasing HDR-enabled models. What is HDR TV?

Samsung bezel-less TV

We also got a glimpse at the future of TV design – the bezel-less TV from Samsung. Unlike regular TVs it doesn’t have a frame – instead the picture stretches extra-wide from edge to edge.

Samsung’s incredibly thin model also boasts a curved design and high picture quality, thanks to the quantum dot display. And not only does it integrate into your Samsung smart home set up, but it can also be used as the controller for all your devices.

LG Signature OLED G6

LG proved just how thin OLED TVs can get with the paper-thin G6 – the equivalent of just 4 credit cards in width.

The 77-inch and 65-inch screen sizes use LG’s ‘Picture-On-Glass’ design, and come equipped with a soundbar. You won’t have to wait long either – they’re set for release in the first half of 2016. 

Sleek new wearables and smart home hubs

In a nutshell: Tech that makes you fitter and smarter, and clever home hubs for managing all your domestic chores.

Fitbit Blaze

Meet Blaze – the first ‘proper’ smartwatch from Fitbit. It has all the regular features of a fitness tracker – like activity monitoring, sleep quality and measures your daily steps – but in a sleek new design that rivals any smartwatch.

Customisation is the main selling point of the Blaze. It has a colour touchscreen, swappable bands and watch face that pops out of its casing – letting you choose between a stainless steel and gold option.

Samsung Family Hub refrigerator

Samsung’s smart tech offering is set to get really advanced with a fridge that’s purpose-built to cope with the chaos of family life.

It’s all operated through a clever 21.5” touchscreen on the front of the fridge. Use it to organise your weekly shop, keep a digital calendar and even stream music. It also comes with inside cameras that let you use your phone to snoop inside the contents of your fridge. 

Bosch Smart Kitchen Home Connect range

Bosch took the smart home concept one step further with a range of kitchen appliances that sync up to make managing it easier.

All your appliances – fridge, cooker, washing machine, dishwasher and coffee machine – are controlled from the central Home Connect app. It works with your smartphone so you can control it wherever you are.

VR release draws nearer and laptops get even thinner

In a nutshell: The virtual reality dream comes to life thanks to HTC’s breakthrough headset. Plus futuristic touchscreen laptops that measure less than half an inch in thickness. 

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HTC Vive Pre

HTC surprised us all with a preview of its updated VR headset – and not-too-distant April release date.

The new name HTC Vive Pre uses some of the most sophisticated VR tech going to merge real objects with the virtual world – so you can easily switch between the two when you’re using it.

It’s all thanks to the integrated front-facing camera – what tech circles are calling a design breakthrough in VR.

HP EliteBook Folio G1 laptop 

If you hadn’t guessed it already, the future of laptops looks set to be thin and lightweight. And HP thinks so, too, with its ultra-portable EliteBook laptop – the thinnest notebook HP has ever made.

The sharp 4K 12.5-inch screen comes in touch and non-touchscreen options – and measures just 0.47-inch in thickness (0.49-inch for touchscreen version). It’s powerful, too, with 8GB RAM and a superfast 1.1GHZ dual-core processor.

3D audio for your home

In a nutshell: Home audio gets a serious upgrade with 3D soundbars and 360-degree speakers, while cameras focus on shooting sharp images in tricky conditions.  

Samsung HW-K950 soundbar

Experience cinematic 3D sound – right from your own home – with Samsung’s new soundbar.

Unlike regular soundbars it has a clever way to produce 3D sound – by directing sound at your ceiling so there’s no need for ceiling-mounted speakers. For super-sharp rear audio sound, it also comes with rear speaker units.

Bang & Olufsen BeoLab 90 speakers

For a really advanced sound setup, Bang & Olufsen has created a speaker unit you can perfectly stage to get the best out of your audio – even if it is at a hefty $80,000 price tag.

The unit works in different directional modes – all controlled from you smartphone. Set it to a narrow range when you’re listening on your own and wide for entertaining groups of friends. Or set it to radial mode for room-filling 360-degree sound.

Nikon D5 camera

Snap-happy fans were treated to a surprise announcement from Nikon – its next flagship DSLR, the D5.

Boasting crystal-clear picture quality and phenomenal sensitivity in low light, the D5 has an upgraded auto focusing system for precise focusing – even on moving subjects. 

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