CES 2016: Something Techy this way comes (for your business)
What happens when you bring together the biggest technology companies in the world, a host of gizmos and gadgets, hundreds of technology journalists, and then put them all in a convention centre in the heart of Las Vegas? The Consumer Electronics Show, that’s what.
Whether you’re into cars, robots, computing, The Internet of Things, or just want a fridge/freezer with 24/7 live video capabilities (we’ll come back to this one later), CES has exactly what you’re looking for.
I’ve put together my top four gadgets for business – check them out below:
The ili Wearable Translator
When travelling abroad, nothing strikes fear into me quite like having to conduct an actual face-to-face conversation with people speaking the local language. Chances are you know the native words for ‘hello’ and ‘goodbye’, but let’s face it, you’ve got no clue how to ask for directions to the nearest train station. Previously, a mixture of awkward hand signals, furious pointing at maps, and saying things in English in an ever increasingly loud manner was the way forward. But now, thanks to the ‘ili’ Wearable Translator, communication abroad just got mucho más fácil (that’s Spanish for ‘a lot easier’ to the rest of us).
Said to be the first wearable translator of its kind, the ‘ili’ is incredibly simple to use. Just push the button on the centre of the device, say the sentence you’d like to be translated, and the ‘ili’ does the rest. You don’t need Wi-Fi or 3G/4G because the translation engine is built inside the device.
Currently supporting English, Chinese, and Japanese, the ‘ili’ will add further languages as the device develops. Sure to be a hit across the business world and solving the problem of communicating with foreign investors and clients, the ‘ili’ is reportedly going to be an affordable product for all.
The TYLT ENERGI Desktop Charging Station
With battery life having become a real problem for smartphone and tablet users, it is beginning to feel like we spend most of our working day charging our devices. This is all very well when we are in the office or at home, but with business increasingly taking us around the globe, mobile charging ports have become a necessity.
The TYLT ENERGI Desktop Charging Station is a great piece of kit for those in desperate need of charging capabilities on-the-move. The charging station boasts four USB ports and faster charging rates due to its ‘SmartDetect’ technology. There is also a handy ‘cable management’ system to hide those unsightly wires. The removable battery provides lengthy periods of charging away from the office.
The LG roll-up flexible screen
Imagine being able to roll up your HD TV screen like a newspaper, and carry it around with you on your travels. Well this could soon become a reality thanks to the LG roll-up flexible screen. LG say that the bendable screen would be ideal for creating displays and saving space in the office or home. It’s also a great way to take presentations to meetings and conferences, without having to carry around heavy equipment.
The flexible screen is only a prototype at this stage, but with 2017 being noted as a possible release date, we could soon find ourselves rolling up our TV screen on the commute home, rather than our newspaper.
The Samsung Family Hub Fridge
And now for something completely different…
Ever woken up in the morning and wondered ‘what’s in the fridge?’ Suckers like you and I would go downstairs and actually have a look inside… but this is 2016, and apparently not everyone has time for that. Thankfully for those people Samsung have come to the rescue and have created a product that allows you to view the contents of you fridge on a 24/7 live stream thanks to its built-in internet-connected cameras. Boom! No more walking aimlessly to the fridge when you’re bored, hoping new food has magically appeared. Now you’ll know without having to peel yourself off the sofa.
But that’s not all folks, the Family Hub fridge is also equipped with a 21.5-inch HD touchscreen on its exterior, giving you access to the internet, and built-in speakers to provide you with all the tunes you could ever want to help you draft that tweet moaning that the milk is out-of-date. Again.
Yours for $5,000. Bargain.