The race to create tomorrow’s must-have gadget never ends, but it does reach an annual crescendo in the Mojave Desert when the Consumer Electronics Show blows into Vegas. The class of CES 2016 shows plenty of promise, but there’s a lot of weird in amongst the wonderful. Sometimes it can be tricky to tell the difference. Take a look at these brave new devices and decide for yourself — are they crazy, or are they genius?
Is the world’s first smart bra really something women have been eagerly awaiting? The OMbra isn’t quite as daft as it sounds. It’s a sports bra with adjustable straps and removable padding for a comfortable fit, but there’s also a little black box that tracks your performance. After each workout it syncs up with a smartphone app to give a detailed output of things like distance covered, heart rate, calories burned, breathing rhythm, and more. It hits the market this spring and will cost $150.
Whether it be 3D, smell-o-vision, or virtual reality, we’re always looking for ways to make entertainment more immersive. You may have visited a cinema at some point where the seats moved in sync with the onscreen action. What if your favorite armchair at home could do the same? That’s the idea behind Immersit. It’s a set of hydraulic feet you can fit onto your couch with clever tech inside that can read the content you’re watching, be it a game or a movie, and trigger appropriate motions.
Drones are taking off in a big way, but Chinese company Ehang is taking the trend to new heights with the world’s first autonomous flying taxi. It’s a giant quadcopter with a seat for one, but you won’t find any controls inside. You pick your destination using a mobile app and the 184 flies you there all by itself. It’s designed for short journeys, around the 20-minute mark, and it has an average cruising speed of 62 miles per hour.
This peculiar, crescent-shaped gadget is designed to help you get a good night’s sleep. It employs a triple-pronged assault on your senses with a speaker system that plays soothing sounds, a ceramic aromatherapy diffuser that emits relaxing smells, and a light that can flicker like a candle. You can get one by pledging $190 on Kickstarter right now.