HOT GAD­GETS FOR 2016

The Con­sumer Elec­tron­ics Show has set the tone for what tech to ex­pect in the year ahead, writes Jen­nifer Dudley-Ni­chol­son

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FAM­ILY HUB RE­FRIG­ER­A­TOR SAM­SUNG

DUE: JULY

The in­ter­net fridge is com­ing back, and it’s no longer a fig­ure of fun. Sam­sung’s two-door Fam­ily Hub Re­frig­er­a­tor fea­tures a 21-inch, full high-def­i­ni­tion touch­screen and con­nects to the in­ter­net wire­lessly to fill it with in­for­ma­tion. That in­for­ma­tion could be a fam­ily cal­en­dar, pho­tos, weather fore­casts or on­line recipes. It also fea­tures three cam­eras in­side that snap a photo when you close the door. You can view that on your phone at the gro­cery store when you can’t re­mem­ber if you need milk. A bar­code scan­ner also lets you log your chilled food pur­chases.

SAM­SUNG.COM/AU

PER­SONAL RO­BOT SEG­WAY

DUE: NEXT YEAR

Part ro­bot but­ler, part Sherpa, and part per­sonal trans­port de­vice, Seg­way’s lat­est cre­ation is dif­fer­ent. The com­pany’s first big prod­uct an­nounce­ment af­ter its merger with Ninebot is a mem­o­rable one, as this de­vice acts as a minia­ture Seg­way trans­porter but, when you step off, trans­forms into a ro­bot, with a blink­ing, an­i­mated face and arms at­tach­ing to ei­ther side. It can use the five cam­eras in its face to cap­ture high-def­i­ni­tion video or track you as it fol­lows be­hind. Ninebot pres­i­dent Wang Ye wants one “in ev­ery home in the near fu­ture”. User test­ing will be­gin at the end of the year.

SEG­WAY.COM

BLAZE FIT­BIT

DUE: MARCH

Fit­bit co-founder James Park in­sists the com­pany’s new cre­ation is not a smart­watch, but the thought­fully edited Fit­bit Blaze of­fers enough phone crossovers to keep the smart­watch-cu­ri­ous happy. The wrist-worn fit­ness tracker comes in an un­usual de­sign – its square brain clips into an eight-sided frame – but it’s one that makes Fit­bit’s first colour touch­screen de­vice stand out from the oth­ers. It fea­tures au­to­matic ex­er­cise and sleep track­ing, con­tin­u­ous heart-rate mon­i­tor­ing, on­screen work­out in­struc­tions, a wa­ter­re­sis­tant body and a five-day bat­tery life.

$330 / FIT­BIT.COM/AU

KEYMIS­SION 360 NIKON

DUE: APRIL

Not only did Nikon un­veil its first ac­tion cam­era at CES, but that cam­era cap­tures 360-de­gree videos to watch in­side vir­tual re­al­ity head­sets. The KeyMis­sion 360 cam­era is a hardy cre­ation, with a square body that is wa­ter­proof down to 30m and shock­proof to 2m with­out the need for a case. Its big­gest draw­card is its abil­ity to cre­ate videos that sur­round you, us­ing a cam­era on ei­ther side of its body and com­bin­ing footage from the two cam­eras au­to­mat­i­cally. That video can also be cap­tured in 4K res­o­lu­tion for use with ad­vanced vir­tual re­al­ity head­sets.

NIKON.COM.AU

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