Weekly tech news roundup: CES edition

The new tech coming out of the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas has dominated the tech news for this week. As such, I’m going to highlight some of the fun stuff I noticed coming across the feeds and point you to where you can catch up with all the CES news.

Let’s get to it:

verge-2016-12-29_13-10-39.0Fitbit’s new smartwatch: The Blaze
At CES this week FitBit showed off their first official smartwatch.  You can preorder one for $199, but warning – it sure doesn’t seem very small.  Engadget gave it a go and didn’t come away in love. Image: The Verge.

Oculus Rift Kickstarter backers get free consumer edition
The virtual reality headset manufacturers announced this week that backers of their original 2012 Kickstarter campaign will all be getting a Rift for free (well, if they got a developer kit, that is). Gizmodo and The Verge have some details if you want to kick yourself for not backing that original Kickstarter.

Swagway and Razor roll out non-exploding hoverboards
The Swagtron (from Swagway) and Hovertrax (from Razor) are both answers to safety concerns about the latest gadget trend and come with extra features too. The Swagtron has a carrying handle and Bluetooth speakers. The Hovertrax has blue LED lights and fancy “smoke chrome finish”–and neither will, apparently, burn down your house Both will retail for around $599.

Pepcom-111-640x426Keurig Kold makes soda…and cocktails
Just like their coffee machines, with the Kold you use cartridges to make a carbonated drink. But, this week, Keurig also was sure to mention available cocktail cartridges, such as ones for old fashioneds and margaritas. Mashable said the mojito (rum not included) was “surprisingly good for an automated system.”

Huawei introduces two smartwatches
for 
the ladies
And hey, if you or your spouse wants a sparkly smartwatch, check out the new ones from Huawei…if you’re feeling flush. Prices start at $499. Note: I just got Pebble Round and will be sharing my review soon!

LG rollable displayLG’s roll up OLED TV blows minds
It’s just 0.18mm thick and can be rolled up, as CNET says, like a poster. It’s still small, but heck, it’s HD and makes you think a digital newspaper could be a real thing sometime in the near future. Both CNET and BBC have videos of this wonder product.

Sphero BB-8 gets a gesture control Force Band
The maker of the very-popular miniature BB-8 remote control toy from the latest Star Wars movie just made controlling it a bit more fun—all you have to do is use The Force (band). With the wristband you can control BB-8 using gestures, rather than your phone.

Misfit_Ray_overlap-640x344Misfit Ray, the company’s new, attractive, tracker
The Misfit Ray is the first activity tracker introduced by the company since being bought by Fossil last year…and it looks pretty cool. It certainly looks more like jewelry than a tracker, and can be worn as a bracelet or a necklace. You can preorder for $99 and ars technica for some details about what it can do.

CES runs through tomorrow, so to follow along or get an overview of the most notable releases, I recommend heading The Verge. I’ve been appreciating their separate section covering the event, making it easy to get the highlights without doing too much wading. To catch up, they’ve pulled the top stories for each: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3…and they’ll have updates tomorrow as well.

A few other bits of non-CES news

Twitter may allow MUCH longer tweets
Like, how about possibly 10,000 characters? The Internet briefly had a total freak out over this rumor.

LastPass adds emergency access
The password “vault” service LastPass added some pretty major new features this week, including the ability to give emergency access and a new password sharing center. Both make the service even more handy (yes, we use this at my house).

 

 

 

About Missy Kellor

Missy works on the Corporate Communications team and reports stories to TDS employees and customers. This is right up her alley because she’s an extrovert and also a big fan of research (really, she’ll look up just about anything that strikes her interest). Missy is a native of Madison, Wis. with an undergraduate in Anthropology and a master’s degree in Life Sciences Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her interest in the Internet as a mass media shaped her work towards a PhD in Journalism and Mass Communications. She’s also worked as an editorial assistant, copywriter, and production artist. In her off hours, Missy is a crafter, Pinterest addict, reader, wife, and mom of two kids. You can find Missy on G+ and on Twitter.

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