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
FAMILY HUB REFRIGERATOR SAMSUNG
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.
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.
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
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.