Every year technological giants and start-ups alike flock to Vegas for the CES; a showcase of the best current technology and the a glimpse at the future. There’s always something great at the CSE (Consumer Electronics Show” each year and this year was no different. Here’s a look at some of the big winners of the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
Chevy Bolt Electric Car
The Chevy Bolt electric car was one of the best things overall at the show. Everyone loves the Tesla and dreams about what it would be like to have a truly brilliant electronic car but the fact is that $59,500 base model price, not to mention the $105,000 price tag on a great version of the car, is more than enough to put people off. The Chevy Bolt manages to be the perfect car that the Tesla Model S and the Nissan Leaf just can’t be. It might not win you a race, and it might not brag to your friends on Facebook for you, but it can take you 200 miles without using any gasoline, has an impressive recharge rate, and a much friendlier price tag of $30,000. Best of all? It’s set be released this year.
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Laptop with OLED Screen
This Yoga Laptop is one of the best things to come out of the CES as far as computers go. OLED is the current major trend in the computer world and it’s not hard to see why. OLED technology is all over phones and TVs but it’s still not been properly utilised in computers. Things are finally changing now though and many laptops are being created with OLED screens.
The best of all of these is the ThinkPad X1 Yoga. The X1 Yoga was picked not for the OLED screen, as each of the OLEDs there looked great, but because it was the best everyday notebook at the show. It’s put together brilliantly complete with a super powered battery and top notch tech. While the other tech companies brought their best only Lenovo brought something that had a little bit of everything.
Genworth R701 Exoskeleton Aging Simulator
One of the best things about the CES is the weird and wonderful tech that gets showcased. What stood out in particular this year was the Genworth R701 Exoskeleton with Aging Simulator. It may not have been the most incredible but it does change the way that you see the world. Rather than making you stronger or faster (as most people want exoskeletons to do) it’s designed to make you slower and weaker. To put it simply it makes you feel old.
There’s a lot of technology behind the aging effect of the exoskeleton. It makes it hard for you to move to simulate arthritis and loss of muscle while it even has a headset that can simulate hearing loss and glaucoma. Using just one of these effects would really screw with your head but combining them? You can bet it will do a number to you. It’s debilitating and that’s really the point of the exoskeleton. We already have technology that lets men feel what it’s like to have periods and give birth and now we have technology that makes it possible for young people to feel old. Pregnancy simulators increased empathy towards women and we’re interested to see if the exoskeleton has the same effect for old people.