Cars are the new tech. This year's CES show showed us all manner of new gadgets and gizmos stuffed into the steering wheels of our dinosaur-explosion-powered personal transportation devices, so we've rounded them all up into one place. Roll up, roll up, for your first look at a drone taxi and, um, Microsoft Office in your car.
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Even before we trekked out to the desert for the Consumer Electronics Show, we had a good idea that CES would be flush with smart cars, televisions, virtual reality and a bunch of weirdness. We were right! But as always, there were some surprises in store.
Last week, more than 3600 technology vendors converged on the Las Vegas Convention Center to show off their latest wares for CES 2016. There was an enormous amount of product on the labyrinthine showroom floor covering every category imaginable. Some of these gadgets were incredibly impressive. Others were laughably terrible. Here are our Best & Worst picks from the show.
The EliteBook Folio is thin. Super thin. Apple MacBook thin. And light. When you're working all day in places other than your office, that can be really convenient, as long as it doesn't get in the way of actually getting that work done. Despite sharing the same Core M processor line with the MacBook, the new HP EliteBook Folio packs a lot more power, including a double complement of USB Type-C.
Samsung's Gear S2 is a tough, versatile smartwatch, but it's also notable for having a Classic variant that's a little more stylish. Come CES 2016, the Gear S2 Classic becomes more stylish again, with a 18k rose gold and a platinum variant heading to Australia later this year.
If swimming, surfing, biking, running and hiking sound like the average weekend for you, Garmin's fēnix 3 is the multisport GPS watch that just might sell you on the merits of wearing a smartwatch — especially now that there's a version with a heart rate monitor built-in.
You probably grew up with a cheap Casio on your wrist, but the company's first Android Wear offering is a very different product. It's engineered to be tough enough for outdoor enthusiasts who need more than just notifications of Facebook likes.
In the same way that only a handful of American cities are seriously preparing for self-driving vehicles, it seems the US federal government isn't thinking ahead either. US Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx revealed this week that his department has no plans for national regulations around autonomous cars.
Samsung Pay is coming to Australia. Some time this year, we'll see yet another contactless payment system that lets you use your phone to buy groceries or shop in stores. Samsung's attempt, though, seems to be the most versatile and powerful yet for customers, and potentially the most trouble-free for banks to implement.
Officially cementing CES as the next great auto show, this week Faraday Future unveiled its electric car concept platform that the company hopes will let it compete with the likes of Tesla. And possibly Wayne Enterprises, because the FF-O1 is clearly something right out of Batman's garage.
To make the drone in Spin Master's new Air Hogs Connect mobile game fly as realistically as possible, players pilot a real-life toy quadcopter while clever augmented reality tricks translate their maneuvers to the action and missions in the game.