At CES 2016 today, Canon used the show to introduce new digital camera models in its PowerShot line and a new Vixia camcorder. The refreshed lineup consists of multiple new PowerShot cameras in both the superzoom and pocket-size point-and-shoot categories, along with the camcorder aimed at budding filmmakers. The updates include Canon's latest processors and features designed to make shooting and filming both fun and simple.
No, Vive Pre isn't the retail name of HTC's and Valve's virtual reality headset. The "Pre" there actually means "pre-release". What HTC is, in fact, announcing is the second generation of the developer edition of the Vive gear, both the headset as well as the controllers, featuring not just new designs but new abilities as well. In particular, the headset gets a new integrated outward front (outward) facing camera that lets it blend virtual and actual reality, taking the Vive into the realm of augmented reality and slightly closer to Microsoft's HoloLens.
One of the clearest trends at CES 2016 so far is that vehicle infotainment systems are the "new big thing," and because they are basically OS platforms for cars, it's time they run Microsoft Office. That may sound like a joke, but it's what Harman is actually working on, with help from Microsoft. Harman's vision is to allow drivers to use the Cortana voice assistant to do things like schedule meetings, join conference calls, and respond to emails.
Electric scooter start-up Gogoro plans to crowdsource its future charging network, launching Gogoro OPEN and a compact GoCharger battery dock at CES today. Gogoro OPEN - Open Proposed Energy Network - will effectively give those calling for the scooters to launch in their city the chance to put their power where their mouth is, by pledging to offer public access to a network of charging points.
The entertainingly-named makers of Big Ass Fans are embracing the smart home, launching Haiku Home, a range of more affordable, more connected devices. Announced at CES 2016 today, the new line-up builds on the Haiku ceiling fan which can work in tandem with your Nest thermostat, adding an automated light fixture, smart HVAC unit, and a new wall controller.
What do you do when your first ever fitness product has been delayed indefinitely? Why, make three more! That seems to be the almost crazy thinking inside HTC, whose Grip wearable will never see the light of day. Or will it? HTC and Under Armor are announcing the UA HealthBox, which is basically a kit made up of a smart scale, a heart rate monitor, and, of course, a fitness band. They say that good things come in threes, and this HealthBox package might indeed be the break that HTC has been looking for in the fitness market.
Altec Lansing is on hand at CES 2016 and among the new items they are showing off in Las Vegas are the Super LifeJacket Wireless Bluetooth portable speaker and the Freedom wireless earbuds. The Super LifeJacket portable speaker is IP68 rated to survive underwater indefinitely without damage.
Garmin's flagship product showing at CES 2016 is the new Varia Vision headset, a Google Glass-like display that can attach to any sunglasses to help keep cyclists safe and informed while keeping their eyes on the road. The device can be worn on either side of the head, and places a small heads-up display on the edge of the wearer's field of view, displaying things like smartphone notifications, navigation data, cycling performance, and even warnings about cars approaching from behind.
Polar is a huge player in the wearable sports and fitness sensor world. The company makes heart rate monitors among other things and has announced a new system called Polar Balance. Polar Balance is a weight management service that uses a Polar Balance Smart Scale, Polar activity tracker, and Polar Flow app and web service.
Volvo has announced that starting this spring, Microsoft Band 2 owners will be able to use the wearable to control their vehicle with just their voice. No, you won't be able to tell your new XC90 to swing around the block and pick you up, but you will be able to remotely unlock the doors, turn on the heater, set navigation, honk the horn, and flash the headlights.
Sleep Number has been around making beds that use air to let users choose how firm they want their beds to be on any given night. At CES 2016 Sleep Number has unveiled a new bed called the it bed by Sleep Number. The bed uses SleepIQ tech to track sleep, offer insights, and make suggestions to help you sleep better. It has touch-free biometric sensors inside that track the user's entire body hundreds of times per seconds.