Three Innovative Products We Simply Loved at CES 2016
There are so many cool products at CES this year, so it is easy to overlook some of them. Here are several gadgets that didn’t manage to gather the press’ attention, but have impressed us.
Spin Master’s Air Hogs Connect is an innovative drone. And with so many drones on the market, you may be wondering what’s could be so innovative about this new one. Well, Air Hogs Connect allows you to play a game while flying the drone. It’s “a drone meets augmented & virtual reality”, if you will. The game consists of several engaging missions, asking you to complete various tasks such as shooting down aliens, or controlling and then extinguishing fires. Here’s a video that shows it in action.
The package includes an augmented reality mat that has to be placed on the floor. Then, you use your tablet to complete as many missions as possible, as fast as possible. Why hurry, I hear you asking? Well, the drone will only fly for about 10 minutes before needing to be recharged. That is actually the only major drawback of this fun gadget, but I’ll have to agree that it’s one that will prevent many people from purchasing the drone. It’s a pity, because the device has a lot of potential. Who knows? Maybe things will look much better with the second version of the drone.
Emicro One is an electric scooter like no other. What is so exciting about it? First of all, it’s lightweight. At only 16.5 pounds, it weighs about 50% in comparison with its competitors’ weights.
Emicro One can travel at speeds of up to 15 miles/hour and has a range of about 10 miles per charge. It’s a set of impressive features indeed, and the big range is also achieved by using the scooter’s own motion to recharge the battery – the back wheel incorporates a power generator. This means that if your battery is dead, you could recharge its – or at least a small percentage of it – by simply running down a heel. The longer the hill, the larger the percentage, of course 😉
Activeon Solar X is an action camera that may not have innovative CMOS sensors, but it’s got a unique feature: it recharges its battery using the light emitted by the sun. Actually, its video recording abilities are quite advanced! The Solar X can record 4K videos and comes with the X Station, a docking station that includes the solar panels on its sides.
Just place the camera in a well lit area, and then watch it recharge from 0 to 100% in just one hour. Of course, if you’ve got things to record right away, you will be pleased to find out that the camera battery can be recharged at 80% within 30 minutes. And the good news doesn’t stop here! The camera has got a decent two-hour battery life, but you can get an additional four hours when you connect it to the docking station. Rumor has it that the camera will cost about $400 – a fair price for a solar powered, 4K camera. Just think how much money you will save on electricity and / or batteries!