2016 is almost here, but you don't have to wait to get a taste of some of the coolest gadgets headed your way. At CESUnveiled in New York, which is a preview of the world's biggest technology event, we saw a thermal drone camera, a nearly indestructible pair of earbuds and a chip that lets you transfer files by simply tapping your PC. Here are some of the most exciting pieces of tech that should be on your radar.
IonVR Mobile Headset
While it's hard to stand out in the rapidly growing virtual reality market, the IonVR mobile headset could rise to the top thanks to its biggest focus: reducing motion sickness. Slated for release early next year, this $229 headset uses the company's MotionSync technology to allow you to immerse yourself in games and movies without having to have a bucket nearby just incase. IonVR is built to work with just about any smartphone between 4.6 and 6 inches, and supports the growing stable of VR content being built for Google's Cardboard platform.
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Flir Vue Thermal Camera
We've consistently been impressed with Flir's thermal cameras for smartphones, and the new Flir Vue takes that same exciting technology to the skies. Designed for use with drones, the Vue can attach to any GoPro-compatible UAV and provides detailed infrared scans that are ideal for anything from roof inspections to home security. There's also a Pro version that can connect to the flight and GPS data from your drone, which gives you even more information while flying. However, starting at a whopping $1,499, the Vue is currently better suited for businesses rather than casual drone hobbyists.
Imagine a world without docks or wires, where transferring pictures and music from your phone to your laptop is a matter of putting the handset on the notebook. Keyssa's technology, which it calls Kiss Connectivity, is an NFC-like method of data transfer that the company says will do away with wired connectors altogether.
What we saw was impressive - a File Explorer window opened within a second of the drive being placed on the receiving laptop's deck. Both devices had been installed with Keyssa's tiny chips to enable the transfer. But our jaws dropped when a 1GB file transferred from a flash drive to a laptop's desktop within two seconds. Keyssa can be implemented in almost any device, and the company says it will be launching a series of products at CES 2016. We can't wait to see more.
ToughTested Jobsite In-Ear Headphones
When you're working on a busy construction site or any other extreme environment, those wimpy Apple earbuds simply won't do. That's where the ToughTested Jobsite earbuds ($69) come in. Outfitted with a slew of certifications including a Noise Reduction Rating and IP64 dust, water and sweat-resistance, these earbuds are ideal for tradesmen or military personnel. The tough-as-nails buds also feature a distinct talk mode which boosts phone audio by 10 decibels, while cutting out the bass and mids typically used while playing music for crystal clear vocals. It's a novel idea that will be music to ears of landscapers, fans of indoor/outdoor recreation and motorsport junkies alike.
Memento's Smartframe brings your photos into the 21st century by letting you display your favorite photos on a crisp 4K screen using your PC, iOS or Android device. What makes the Memento Smartframe better than simply hanging a TV or monitor on your wall is automatic screen dimming that reduces the brightness or turn of the display completely when there's no one around, as well as adjusting to changing light conditions throughout the day.
The Memento app is work easily over Wi-Fi and lets you switch your pics at just a moment's notice. There's even an $80 option slim ribbon power cord that you can even paint over to hide its presence, so there's no unsightly tangled mess to ruin the view. The Memento Smartframe will be available in the first quarter of 2016 priced at $700 for the 25-inch frame or $900 for the 35-inch version.