CES Day 2: 9 New Product Announcements to Check Out
Following yesterday's post on CES day 1, here we are with 9 new products introduced during day 2 of CES 2016. There is everything from turntables to glucose monitors!
Video Review Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v= hhOzWSEQZro
Nikon KeyMission 360 Action Camera
Nikon's first action camera is aimed to one-up go pro. It is similar in size and specs. A small body that is shock-proof to 2 meters, waterproof to 30 meters, and shoots up to 4K video.
The big differentiator is the fact the KeyMission has 2 lenses, and can shoot 360º photos and videos.
Dell Wireless Monitor
This 23 inch full HD display packs some usual ports. An HDMI and some USB 2.0. It has some decent three-watt speakers baked in with a 178º viewing angle.
The cool part is this display can connect wireless to either your PC or Android smartphone. It uses Miracast or Bluetooth to connect so you don't have to fumble with cords. Not only that, but it supports wireless charging for your phone as well using the Qi or PMA wireless standards.
- Release date: March 31, 2016
- Cost: $429
Sony PS-HX500 Turntable
This Sony turntable will play your vinyl collection just fine. But it will also connect to your Mac or PC via USB and help you convert your records into Hi-Res audio files. It supports Sony's DSD format as well as 24-bit WAV files.
- Release date: Spring 2016
This is the first glucometer to have built in cellular data. It uses their partnership with AT&T to wireless transmit your blood sugar information to the cloud for backup, as well as direct transmission to your doctor. We don't have a price, but they are midway through FDA approval and should ramp up production sometime in 2016
- Release date: 2016
While not doing too much exceptionally well, it is important to note Fitbit's new entry into wearables. Residing somewhere between the surge and its lower end trackers, the Blaze has an interesting hexagon design.
The tracker itself pops out to fit into different bands and can track steps, calories, sleep, and 15 different exercises. It lacks GPS of the Surge smartwatch but it still retains heart rate tracking. Unfortunately, they still use optical heart rate tracking which was not very accurate in their past implementations.
It gets a 5 day battery life and can also receive notifications on its color touchscreen display.
- Cost: $200
iDevices released several pieces of HomeKit comparable products this week. They released an in-wall outlet, switch, dimmer, and a bulb socket. All come with a configurable nightlight to help you find them at night.
This makes using HomeKit a lot nicer because it fixes a core problem. If I have my lights on switches, and I use HomeKit bulbs, as soon as someone unknowingly flips one, Siri is useless. You can tape them up, or replace them with these HomeKit switches which means they operate as normal, as well as with your voice.
- Release date: Q1-Q2 2016
Misfit has made many fitness trackers, all that look slightly watch-like. Ray is their first divergence from that path. It is a small cylindrical tube made out of aluminum that is made to be also worn with a watch.
Its small size allows it to work with any 18mm watch band though they have a few available. You can control many other things using their Link application and track your steps, sleep, and activities.
Unfortunately still no heart rate tracking and I can't help but think how much this looks like the similar UP2/UP3.
- Release date: Spring 2016
- Cost: $99
LaCie Porsche Design HDD
This desktop drive is meant to closely match the 12" MacBook pro. It uses USB Type-C to fit neatly, however it is still meant to be powered by a wall outlet. The good news is that it supports pass through charging so while you are connected to the drive, you are also getting power.
It will be available in 4TB, 5TB, and 8TB configurations starting at $210.
- Release date: March, 2016
- Cost: $210
LifeFuel Smart Nutrition Bottle
LifeFuel is a smart bottle that tracks your water intake and hydration levels. If you have a supplement in the water it will measure how much of that you drink as well. It does this with a BLE connection to your smartphone and corresponding app. It has all day battery life that you can top of wirelessly.
If that weren't enough, the big feature to the bottle is the FuelPods. These 1 ounce little capsule can be loaded (up to 4) into the LifeFuel bottle and can contain a variety of different things. They could contain vitamins (calcium, zinc, iron), water enhancements (coffee, coconut), or supplements (pre-workouts, protein, sleep aid). You then can decide when to add those to your water throughout the day.
It is controlled via the app, or attached screen. Each of the pods holds up to 30 services. All of this information is reported back to the app to sync with Apple Health, MyFitnessPal, and Fitbit. The bottle itself is 18 ounces and can tailor its recommendations on what to drink based on your personal information.
- Release date: Late 2016
- Cost: $195