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5 best gadgets from CES 2016

Our top picks from this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
A general view of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Getty Images

The CES 2016 showcase is now over, but we won’t be forgetting many of the gizmos for quite some time. Metro rounds up the devices that we’ll all be lusting over.

Fly home in a drone

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Drones are one of the most popular inventions of recent years. Now these machines also saw a major innovation at CES 2016, namely the presentation of the first drone that is capable of transporting a person. The EHang 184, developed by the Chinese company EHang, is a smart low-altitude autonomous aerial vehicle, capable of flying a passenger, thanks to its four engines and eight horizontal propellers.

Drive like Batman

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The smart cars were one of the biggest surprises at this year’s showcase. The car that took pole position is The Faraday Future FFZERO1, a Batmobile-like concept car, which is a fully autonomous electric vehicle, with a 1,000-horsepower engine — and can even be controlled via your smartphone. The car is said to be able to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in under three seconds and exceeded the 322 km/h barrier.

Enjoy virtual reality at home

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Virtual reality is a technology that recorded a market growth of 77 percent last year globally. And this time around, the device that got the most attention was the new HTC Vive VR system, complete with a helmet, a front camera and controls that together allow a better gaming experience. The creators of this device are so confident of its success that they even promised that it will bring virtual reality to the mass-market.

Slip into Marty McFly’s sneakers

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The dream to have a pair of sneakers that automatically adjust like Marty McFly’s in "Back to the Future II" is getting closer, with the introduction of the Smartshoe. The shoes, developed by Digitsole, tighten automatically, warm your feet and are controlled by a smartphone app. They’re described as “the world's first intelligent footwear”, the futuristic tennis shoe can also count calories and distance traveled too.

A new way to watch TV

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If you’re a self-confessed TV addict, you’ll be pleased to hear that the SUHD TV comes with a 170-inch display and modular display technology. And get this: the TV can change its shape based on the content it’s displaying. So whether users are watching the big game, a high action blockbuster, or the evening news, the transformable TV can retain different screen ratios — say, from 16:9 to 21:9 screen — to best fit the content on the screen.

– ByDaniel Casillas

 
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