The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2016 was held last week in Las Vegas and it didn’t disappoint. The largest technology show of the year had a lot of new gadgets, innovative ideas and shiny things to marvel at and put on our wish list. While passenger-capable drones and virtual reality are nice things to play with, was there anything for businesses to look forward to?
There were a few promising business devices among the myriad of toys and weird ideas that really needed a bit more thought. Here’s what we found.
LG Flexible OLED display
LG showed a paper-thin OLED digital display that could be rolled and shaped into a range of configurations. With a 1200 x 800 resolution and sharp colour reproduction, this has great potential for display advertising, POS displays and lightweight screens.
SCiO food scanner
The SCiO food scanner has huge potential for any food business. It’s a small scanner that integrates with a smartphone and can analyse food composition down to its constituent parts. Want to know if something contains peanuts or gluten? Scan it and find out. Want to know how many calories a new dish contains? Scan it for a reliable result.
MyCaptR s a 3D-scanning app that works with an iPad to scan a space and create a 3D model of it. The process takes minutes and can then help you design ergonomic workspaces, arrange tables and virtually design your office, shop floor or restaurant space. All before spending money on a designer.
HP EliteBook Folio G1
The HP EliteBook Folio G1 is an enterprise laptop with as much substance as it has style. It is light, thin and very tough. It also looks good, works well and is very well made. Driven by Intel Core M and featuring 8GB of RAM, this laptop is definitely one to watch. We mean that literally, as some models feature a 4K screen.
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet
Lenovo have taken the 2-in1 device idea and elevated it above all others with the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet. This is a 12 inch tablet that uses influences from the Yoga line of devices and features modular bases that can enable projection, longer battery life or something else depending on what you plug in. It has real potential.
The Daqri Smart Helmet is an augmented reality helmet that can project onto a clear plastic visor. Initially aimed at the construction industry, the display can project blueprints or measurements onto the screen to allow workers to measure accurately and adhere to the plans without having to keep referring to paper. It’s a neat idea with more applications than just construction.
TipTalk is a wearable strap from Samsung that not only measures fitness but can also make and take calls. Touch your ear and the strap will allow you to speak to someone else and hear what they are saying. This device works with other wearables so is almost a free upgrade.