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Top 5 Gizmos that Stunned the World at CES 2016

Bye, Bye 2015. Welcome CES 2016!

The biggest Tech event of the world, the Consumer Electronic Show (CES), finally came to a close a few days back. Although CES is the most awaited tech event around, frankly speaking this year’s event brought nothing exceptionally-new to the table.

The event brought in thousands and thousands of gadgets from startups to established tech giants. However, majority of the gadget, if not all, seemed like just another upgrade of their cousin products (like drones) that are already hovering in the market.

Regardless, for tech savvy consumers around the globe and not to mention the new startups that just need a little kick of inspiration to invent and present their own creation at the next event, CES 2016 unveiled many products that are worth discussing.

So, allow us to present the 7 best CES 2016 gadgets that although are not any sort of breakthroughs yet they still are incredibly-astounding.

Samsung KS9500 SUHD TVs

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Samsung has always been a key player in the market when it comes to TVs, and this year is no different. At this year’s CES, Samsung presented its gigantic KS9500 Super Ultra High Definition (SUHD) TV that harnesses the power of Quantum Dots to offer a crystal clear and real-to-life picture quality.

LG’s Rollable Display

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Last year we’ve witnessed ground breaking innovations in displays, especially the curved screens of HDTVs and smartphones. Looks like this year we’ve passed the curved point and enter into the “rollable” universe with LG’s new rollable display. Roll the display like a newspaper and you’ll find not even a single bit of distortion in the picture quality.

Withings Thermo

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Don’t know why we added this cute little thingy to this list, but we did. As you can guess it by its name, Withings Thermo can instantly tell the temperature of any surface. The gadget will cost around $100, but not sure whether it would gain any traction in the market or not.

Samsung Rink

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Samsung’s VR gear is making waves in the market along with Oculus Rift. At CES 2016, Samsung introduced the motion-controllers, Samsung Rink, which will add more stars to Samsung’s virtual reality gaming experience.

DAQRI Smart Helmet

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We’ve always wondered, when will the superman-like x-ray vision will become a reality? Well, it seems like it will be in a few years or so. Intel partnered with a company known as DAQRI to step into the world of x-ray vision or more like close to x-ray vision. DAQRI smart helmet that offers advance Augmented Reality lets the users see inside object and analyze the mechanics while it is in operation.

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Top Technologies You Should Expect This Year’s Consumer Electronic Show (CES 2016)

It’s the end of the year 2015 now. With the New Year is on its way, we are going to miss the pleasant memories we’ve created, new friends we’ve made, and some new techs we’ve used. You know what New Year brings with it other than new memories and connections? It is the Consumer Electronic Show!

Like always, CES 2016 will be held in Las Vegas in January 2016. The biggest tech show of the year gathers emerging to established tech companies that bring their latest revolutionizing innovations to introduce them to the world.

The doohickeys brought to the show range from cutting-edge inventions to some old gadgets with some new tweaks made in them. From gigantic HD or 3D TVs and modular smartphone to virtual reality gears and self-driving cars, you will see all the latest techs that have yet to make their debut at only CES.

Let’s see what the world may gaze upon at the Consumer Electronic Show 2016.

Wearable Technologies

Many wearable gadgets or more like prototypes of those inventions we’ve already discussed this year on Hit-Counts blog like the Sona Connected Bracelet, Google’s Interactive Clothing (Project Jacquard), and more.

This year we will probably see more and more companies bringing new wearable techs on the stage like the Samsung’s Rink wearable controller that comes with a VR headgear. We may also more likely see wearable gadgets that are built for the fitness-conscious audience.

VR (Virtual Reality) Headset

Yes, virtual reality has finally gone pass the word, “possibility” and became a reality in 2015. With companies like Oculus Rift, Playstation VR, and even Samsung and HTC, we’ve finally entered into the era of virtual reality. More importantly, this year it seems that all the VR fans have their eyes set on HTC Vive which is a coproduction of HTC and Valve. HTC CEO, Cher Wang, says that the company (the joint venture) has made a breakthrough in the VR industry. Let’s see at this year’s CES what breakthrough they are going to unveil. Fingers crossed!

AR (Augmented Reality) Gear

AR is a true breakthrough in the technology sector that will going to influence every major sector in the world, from architecture and expeditions to clinical science and more. AR brings virtual reality to the real world. At CES 2016, brands like Infinity, Voke VR, Sony and more will be going to display what improvements they’ve made to this amazing field.

Apart from the technologies we’ve discussed above, you’re also going to see some crazy inventions in the drone industry, automated (self-driving) cars and the IoT (Internet of Things) industry.

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Dream Come True – Back to the Future’s Self-Drying Jacket Is Finally Here!

Many Back to the Future fans have been desperately waiting for years for the crazy inventions depicted in the movie to come to real life. Most of those doohickeys have been invented already – or at least their prototype versions, such as the hover board.

Among those terrific inventions was Marty McFly’s self-drying jacket. When soaked, the jacket could auto-dry itself by releasing high-pressure air that would puff-up the jacket and dry it within seconds…and yes all the while drying out Marty’s face and hair….

Wondering why I’m reminding you that scene? Guest what! The self-drying jacket is finally invented and already attracting huge amount of funding on KickStarter.

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Falyon, a wearable tech start-up, has successfully created the iconic self-drying jacket from Back to the Future movie. According to what the start-up claims, unlike the movie version where the jacket dries itself within second, this 21st century jacket would take a minute or two to completely dry out by circulating high-pressure air released from the built-in amplifiers.

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The jacket is made up of a breathable material that is also waterproof. The amplifiers are powered by a lightweight battery that sneakily sits in the jacket’s pocket. Falyon claims that the battery weighs as same as an iPhone 6. Plus, the jacket is extremely tech-friendly, i.e., you can fit in as many gadgets as there are pockets in it.

The start-up tried its best to keep the jacket similar to the iconic, Marty Mcfly’s jacket in all aspects like the color of the jacket (red and charcoal color) and the vents near the collar that expels the air near the wearer’s face and hair. However, the only disappointing thing is that the jacket doesn’t talk.

Other than the red and charcoal color, the jacket is also available in several other colors such as cobalt, blue, metallic silver, etc. According to Falyon, the product will be available in April 2016.

Feature Image and Post Images courtesy of: Kickstarter/Falyon

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Don’t Go Camping around Stores This Black Friday without Checking out Google’s Findings

The annual shopping frenzy of Black Friday is upon us. The day fills us with the mix feelings of excitement and worry. Excited because of the best deals ever, and worried because of the most crowded day of the year.

So, if you’re feeling more worried than excited due to thought of throwing yourself into an insane number of crowds all going for the same deals as you, don’t worry. This black Friday, Google, the Search Engine giant, has got you all covered.

In its latest blog “Think with Google”, Google has prepared for you an ultimate survival plan (an infographics) on how you can easily avoid the overwhelming crowd and find the best time to hit the stores.

The anonymized data presented in the form of an infographic was collected last year on Black Friday. The data was collected from the device of users who turned on History Location while shopping. Well, the result is something every Black Friday shopper needs to see.

According to the findings, morning is the ideal time to hit the stores on Black Friday, and afternoon should be avoided. The data has hampered the wrongly-held belief of people who has always thought that afternoon is the best time for shopping.

As you can see on the image below that the traffic at almost all the retailing stores peaks at around 2pm to 4pm and starts declining from 6pm and on words.

Image Courtesy of: Thinkwithgoogle.com
Image Courtesy of: Thinkwithgoogle.com

The huge traffic pattern and timing isn’t the startling data that Google has unveiled through its infographics. Perhaps, the most surprising finding it has presented is that Black Friday isn’t the only gigantic shopping day of the year. In fact, Christmas Eve is the day when hundreds of people flock to discount stores for Christmas gifts.

Lastly, Google has also predicted in the report that this year almost 82% of the users will check the price tags on their mobiles while purchasing in stores.

Feature Image Courtesy of: Thinkwithgoogle.com

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Wearable Technology Took a Whole New Turn – Introducing Biometric Tech Tattoos

People have tried wearable technologies, like tech bracelets, arm bands, etc. mainly for health or activity monitoring purposes. How about we tech that technology and put it directly onto our skins, a tattoo if that’s what you’d like to call?

An Austin-based software design and development company, Chaotic Moon, has recently built a prototype of the first ever high-tech tattoo that uses conductive paint with advanced sensors that collect all the biometric data from your body. In short, it acts as a complete healthy monitoring tattoo.

You may have heard the name, Chaotic Moon, before. It is the same company that is famous for designing unheard-before wearable techs. For instance, one of its craziest yet meaningful inventions is the proximity-sensing headband, Sentiri that we’ve talked about in our last post. The company strives to design and build stuff that can help humanity evolve and take better care of their health.

Back to the “tech tattoo”, you may be wondering by now that if it’d be like a regular tattoo, you won’t be able to get it off of your skin. Don’ you? Well, unlike other implant or cyberpunk sort of technology, this tattoo will be temporary. It can easily be washed off or removed.

Much like other health monitoring devices or gadgets, the tattoo can also collect different types of biometric data of a body and upload it to a device for medical purposes. It can even detect the body temperature of the user, and it can also sense whether the user is experiencing stress which will be based on the user’s heart rate or sweat.

However, the tattoo has the ability or potential to go many steps beyond. For instance, the tech-tattoo can be used for location-tracking of the user as well. Plus, it can also check whether the user’s body has pathogens in it or if it is poisoned. This type of features can be very useful in military level.

If this technology is mastered and churned out a bit chip in the market, lots of crazy-heads – yes those cyberpunks – might experience the cyborg-like body without getting their skins cut off for any augmentation.

Image Courtesy of: chaoticmoon.com

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Sona Connected Bracelet – Let’s You Meditate With More Control & Style

Meditation is a serious need in today’s day and age. The cutthroat competition around us and the fast-paced lifestyle leave little to no room for us to give our mind and body the “Zen” it frantically craves.

So, what could be the best way to track our daily activities and acquire the needed zen without slowing ourselves down? Connected Technologies…! Sona, a renowned maker of connected wearables, has recently introduced its first connected bracelet. The bracelet’s job is to help you improve your overall wellness through activity tracking.

Indeed, Sona’s connected bracelet isn’t the first wearable that lets you track your heart rate as there are many other that came before it. However, what make’s Sona stand out from the hordes of similar gadgets out there is that it takes fitness tracking a step beyond.

Unlike other connected wearables, Sona provides a more detailed or advanced heart rate information. It has a built in Heart Rate Variability (HRV) tracker that that not just tracks your pulse rate but also gives you the added information about your cardiovascular and even nervous system.

The bracelet comes in three appealing color combinations. It is made of genuine leather, and milled metal hardware, plus the glossy looks. Apart from advanced sensors like PPG and MEMS motion sensors, it also has a built in vibrator that notifies the users of any incoming calls or text.

Perhaps, one of the most remarkable features of Sona is its Caeden App that tracks even the slight changes in the heart rate and immediately directs you to its Resonance system, which is a meditation program that helps you catch your breath and stabilize your heart rate.

The early-bird pricing for the Sona connected bracelet is $129 that includes some pre-order-exclusive addons like carrying pouch, charging dock, etc.

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Bubble Messaging – The Newest Addition to Facebook’s Feature-Rich Inventory

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Image Courtesy of: http://www.buzzfeed.com/

When you can’t acquire someone, you can just imitate it and present something close to it as your own. Well, it is what Facebook apparently aiming for, after failing to acquire SnapChat in 2013.

It is now official that Facebook is experimenting with its own ephemeral, aka bubble, messaging feature, and the first one that will be bestowed upon by this new feature is France. Hourra to you, France!

The feature is available in both Andoird and iOS, and works pretty much like SnapChat. The messages will be gone, vanish, poof after 60 minutes, which I believe is enough to convey any sensitive information without worrying about anyone spying on it later.

In an official statement to NBC News, Facebook shared “Starting today, we’re conducting a small test in France of a feature that allows people to send messages that disappear an hour after they’re sent.” “Disappearing messages gives people another fun option to choose from when they communicate on Messenger”, the company added.

The bubble messaging feature can be activated via tapping the glass-hour icon on the upper tab, before sending the message. The feature can be activated or deactivated by anyone in the chat group.

For Facebook, it’s a pretty bold yet highly decisive step. It is because if the feature gets the traction that FB is desperately expecting, it’d bring the company head to head with SnapChat that rules dominantly in the realm of ephemeral messaging.

In fact, since the last time SnapChat declined Facebook’s $3 Billion takeover offer, it has gained a gigantic amount of users, with 200 million monthly users.

Regardless, the testing is still on-going in France these days, and hopefully the feature will be rolled out in the coming months or so.

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8 Apple Products You Probably Never Heard Of

Apple is the world’s most renowned brand that has ever existed, especially in the tech market. In fact, when we say smartphone, the very first product that comes to mind is its flagship product, iPhone, or iPad if we are talking about tablet PCs.

Surprisingly, there are some limited edition products that although spitted out by the same brand, but has never skyrocketed the popularity chart as Apple’s current products.

Lo and behold, the 8 rare products by Apple that failed to make any impact on the market, or at least on any consumers’ mind.

  1. Apple II Game Tapes
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Image Courtesy of: TechCrunch

Before floppy drives become a thing – yes, way back then – Apple creatively used cassettes to run their applications. Amazingly, back then you could even find a couple of great games in those cassettes as well such as Star Wars.

  1. Wall Hanging
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Image Courtesy of: Fluidesign.co.uk

Apple once collaborated with a famous artist Myra Burg and produced 25 limited-edition rainbow wall hangings. Since it was designed by Burg and had Apple’s logo on it, the wall hanging was sold for around $350. Of course, Steve Jobs took one as well.

  1. Apple’s Apparels
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Image Courtesy of: thetrad.blogspot.com

Though quite unexpected, but yes Apple did try to enter the fashion line with its own, branded apparels.

  1. Apple’s Home Accessories
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Image Courtesy of: Imgur/rickh3255

Wall hangings and apparels were not the only odd products that Apple churned out way back then. Its collection also had, branded household accessories like mugs, towels, etc.

  1. Apple Printers
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Image Courtesy of: Stromber/commons.wikimedia.org

Printers were among those rare gadgets as well that Apple tried to make popular, but ended up failing in that endeavor as well.

  1. Macintosh TV
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Image courtesy of: mactrast.com

Apple TVs were not what they seem like today. In fact, they were big like the old TV set and would come with a dual feature, i.e., as a Monitor TV. With only 10K units churned out back then, the product terribly failed.

  1. Apple Pippin
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Image courtesy of: Evan-Amos/common.wikimedia.org

Apple is now indeed a giant in tech industry but back then it wasn’t. Still, it tried to dip its hands into every market, and gaming consoles aren’t exceptional. However with just 40K units produced, the Apple gaming console, Pippin, ended up getting shut down.

  1. Apple QuickTake
image courtesy of: Jared C. Benedict
image courtesy of: Jared C. Benedict

Apple once tried to taste the camera industry as well. The camera came with Apple’s logo on it but built by Fijifilm and Kodak. As usual, the product also left the shelf quite early.

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