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January 7, 2016updated 22 Sep 2016 12:00pm

CES 2016: Smart fridges, VR headsets, wearables & electric cars

List: New products from Samsung, LG and Fitbit have been some of the biggest talking points from the show so far.

By James Nunns

CES 2016 is one of the major tech events of the year, giving companies a chance to bring out new products and showcase the kind of ideas that they are working on.

From drones to car technology, wearables and smart fridges, the companies are aiming to wow audiences across Las Vegas and give them a glimpse of what the future may hold.

While some products may just be concepts, many are also ready to go on sale. CBR brings you some of the best from the show so far.

1. Fitbit Blaze

Fitbit’s first venture into the smartwatch market hasn’t been greeted with a great deal of enthusiasm by investors in the company, with the unveiling of its new product coinciding with an 18% slump in share price.

A potential competitor to the Apple Watch, the Blaze features a colour touch screen and interchangeable bands so you can change up your look.

Typically for a Fitbit device, it will feature the FitStar app, which shows on-screen workout, as well as heart rate and GPS tracking.

With a battery that can last up to five days, the device will feature a number of notification features such as call, text and calendar alerts.

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Users will be able to buy it from March at around $199.99.


2. LG paper thin TV

The LG Signature G6 is only 2.57mm thick, not much thicker than a piece of paper and can even be rolled up, albeit in only one direction at the moment.

It will offer a 4K resolution along with HDR support and incorporates Dolby Vision, the real key feature though is how thin it is.

It uses a Picture-on-Glass design and runs webOS 3.0 for a smart TV experience. The G6 will be available from March in either 77 or 65 inches and is expected to cost less than $10,000.


3. HTC Vive

Vive Pre is the second generation of HTC’s virtual reality headsets and features a smaller, more comfort designed feel.

Other enhancements come with its visual system which has been improved to increase clarity while a front-facing camera has also been added.

The camera is designed to blend physical elements into the virtual world so you won’t have to take off the headset if you want to say pick up your coffee mug or have a conversation with someone.

Expected to be on sale in April but no price has been given.


4. LG Signature Fridge

The fridge features a see through touchscreen door, but that’s not all, if you knock on it then it turns transparent so you can look inside without having to open the door.

If that isn’t fun enough for you, the fridge door opens on its own if you approach it with your arms full of shopping, so you don’t have to worry about juggling it to get the door open.

A global roll-out is expected in March but no pricing details have been given.


5. Samsung Smart Fridge

Sticking with fancy fridges, we have a $5,000 fridge from Samsung. Although that may sound a little steep, it does offer some excellent technology.

It contains three cameras which take pictures of your food so you can see it on your smartphone, never again will you return home to find you have no milk.

Additionally, a partnership with MasterCard will allow for shopping from the fridge’s touchscreen.

It doesn’t end there, the IoT features of the fridge allow you to check whether your doors are locked and to turn lights off from the Family Hub Screen.

Oh it’s also an entertainment system making it well and truly the centre of your family life.


6. Huawei Watch Jewel and Elegant

Huawei has come to the conclusion that women might want a smartwatch, so they’ve developed a couple with women in mind.

The Huawei Watch Elegant will set you back $499 while the Jewel will cost $599.

The watches are basically the same as the previous models, which I assume were aimed at men. The differences come with the looks. Smaller wristbands and the Jewel has 68 1.5mm Swarovski crystals running around the 1.4-inch, 400×400 display.


7. Samsung Notebook 9

The super light Notebook 9 weighs in at 1.85 pounds or just under 30 ounces which is only a little bit more than an Ipad Pro.

It can be configured to run a Core i7 CPU and 256GB SSD for the 13inch model, while a 15 inch model will also be available.

The 13 inch model will offer a pair of USB 3.0 ports and an SD card slot with around 10 hours battery life.

No prices have been given and it is expected to be available early this year.


8. Faraday Future – FFZERO1

A concept electric car that will be able to deliver a top speed of over 200mph from 1,000 horsepower, theoretically.

A carbon fibre interior can be shown off thanks to a glass sunroof while a smartphone mount in the steering wheel and a Halo Safety System supports the driver’s head and neck and gives easy access to the phone.

As it is a concept car you shouldn’t expect to see it available anytime soon, although the company did say that it might make a few.


9. Samsung Galaxy TabPro S

A new year brings a new tablet from Samsung, the tablet will be powered by a sixth-generation Intel Core M processor and will have a 12 inch display.

The processor offers dual cores that deliver 2.2 Ghz and offers both a front and rear facing camera.

It is expected to come out in March but no price has been given.


10. VW Electric Van

The Budd-e might be a nice piece of PR as the car company looks to recover from controversies over its emissions.

The electric van offers software that allows the user to control the car through voice recognition and hand gestures.

According to the company it will be able to travel 233 miles on a single charge and has dashboards that can connect to your smart home so you can check the contents of your fridge for example.

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