Some Notable Gizmos at This Year's CES

In the market for a folding electric scooter?
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 6, 2016 9:19 AM CST
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(Newser) – The tech world's big day has arrived with the official start of the annual CES forum in Las Vegas. Some of the gadgets getting attention:

  • Fancy a folding electric scooter? Wired says the Xcooter is intriguing, with a 15-mile range and a speed of up to 17mph. Preorders for the "small, zippy ride" will set you back $1,499.
  • A $200 robotic dog named CHiP has charmed Jennifer Jolly at USA Today. Its personality adapts as you play with it. "Think of him as a playful pup that you won't have to clean up after," she writes.

  • Footwear is getting smarter, too. The Smartshoe from Digitsole "features an integrated heating system, motion tracking, wireless charging, shock absorption measurement and, yes, automatic shoe lacing," notes CNBC. "It's connected to a user's phone via Bluetooth and controlled via an app." Out in the fall for $350.
  • Mashable thinks Panasonic's high-tech turntable, the Technics 1200G (and the limited 1200GAE), is a "beauty." It's not quite as sure about whether it likes the Fridge Cam from Smarter.
  • Volkswagen revealed an electric van called the BUDD-e that is "an intriguing, loony, amazing vision for the future of automobiles," says the Verge. No word yet on when the concept vehicle (all-wheel drive, 93mph top speed, about 300 miles on a charge) might become reality, notes the Christian Science Monitor.
  • CNN highlights, which debuts in the US later this year with the promise of superfast Internet speeds for your phone. Think 750 megabits per second, or "50 times faster than the broadband that you probably have coming into your home right now."
  • High-def 4K TVs are getting lots of hype, though the New York Times thinks you should probably wait awhile.

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