The next International Consumer Electronics show, known to the nervous tech world as CES 2016, runs from January 6 to January 9. Each year, CES converges in Las Vegas to forecast the coming year and show off emerging electronics and technologies. We’ll see both industry leaders and exciting—but as yet small-time—startup ventures. Most of the particular breakthroughs and announcements will have to wait for the big event, but here’s a glimpse into what we’re expecting to see at this year’s CES.


CES loves the Internet of Things, or the IoT, so expect to hear about advances in this realm. We’re expecting to hear about how the IoT will transform healthcare, fitness, homes, transportation, and much more. We’re expecting to hear the word “transform” a lot.

We’ll also see wearable technology and associated apps that together track health and fitness, from respiration to sleep patterns to muscle mass and body fat percentage.

As more everyday objects join the grid, or the IoT, our houses will get smarter. We’re talking about plants that water themselves, security systems that know who you are, and customized lighting options that’ll really let you set the mood. Also, experts are set to speak about the future of cities. If you’re bummed about how stupid your home currently is, take solace in the fact that your city may gain some IQ points in the future. CES is an interesting forum in which to discuss these things because the presentation is atomized, which is to say each product is sold separately, so it’s fun to speculate about the interconnection of a whole system. No one is offering a closed lifestyle network just yet, but it may be possible to get a sense of what that will look like.

Leaked prototype of smart home capabilities.


Another theme at this year’s CES will be athletic and training gear. We’ll see smart soccer balls and baseball bats (and so on) that tell you more than you’ll ever need to know about your technique and how to improve it. These products have become a CES staple and though they never seem to blow up the consumer market, they just keep coming. We may be approaching critical density for a smart sports breakthrough, but people are gonna need a damn good reason to throw out their bats and gloves. It is, after all, an emotional thing.


And, of course, cars. CES 2016 will bring us all sorts of automotive projects to drool over. Self-driving cars are already hitting the road, but at CES we’ll get a look at exactly what companies and technologies are in the vanguard. And, with any luck, we’ll get to kiss traffic and car accidents goodbye before long. Also, we’re sure to get some exciting concept cars. We’ve already been given some teasers, such as the BMW i8 Spyder and the mysterious new electric Volkswagen concepts, and we’re sure to see more.


No one can resist VR and AR developments. CES 2016 is sure to deliver on this front; their website promises that “Virtual is the New Reality.” This industry is blowing up—the Consumer Technology Association, CES’s parent organization, projects a 440% revenue growth to reach $540 million in 2016.

The biggest names, from Oculus to Virtuix, will be there to show off for the masses. Video games are well on their way to becoming virtual games, and CES 2016 will illuminate that path. But, remember: the excitement need not be limited to gamers alone.


Yet another dominant trend at CES is 3D printing. This year’s CES will take us deeper into that future, offering us an image of what could soon be a more mainstream luxury. The field’s potential is expanding rapidly, and CES 2016 will demonstrate that fact.

3D-printed houses, food—real food—better and more customizable prosthetics for people and animals: you name it, and we may soon be able to print it. While 2016 may not be the year that 3D printing makes forays into the consumer market, CES 2016 will show us what we’ll be able to do once it does become affordable.

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Elon Musk has a tough schedule. In an explosive interview published Thursday night, the Tesla CEO defended sometimes erratic behavior by revealing details about his 120 work weeks, factory all nighters on his birthday, and a sleep schedule that’s all but impossible to maintain without Ambien.

“It is often a choice of no sleep or Ambien,” Musk told the New York Times. Two people familiar with the board told the publication that some members are concerned about his use of the drug, with some noting that instead of going to sleep Musk stays up and posts on Twitter.

AirPower, Apple’s wireless charging mat, is almost here. That’s according to a Friday report that claims the long-awaited peripheral is due for launch at a September press conference, alongside a cheaper MacBook and three new iPhones.

It’s the latest sign of an imminent launch for Apple’s charger, announced at last September’s iPhone X press conference alongside the company’s first wireless-supporting phones but missing in action ever since. The device, which uses a Lightning charging port to receive power, can charge up to three devices at once as long as they support the Qi standard. The pad will also support an extension to the Qi standard that enables support for smaller devices, like the Apple Watch Series 3. The DigiTimes report claimed that the pad would cost somewhere around $161 to $193, placing it at the high end of charger prices.

A day after Apple retracted the seventh iOS 12 developers beta hours after its release, the company has pushed out iOS beta 8 in an effort to address some of the seventh beta’s blunders.

The previous update was the most bug-riddled one yet. Developers took to Reddit and Twitter to report that apps were unacceptability slow to load or wouldn’t load at all. For the moment, it would seem that this most recent patch has already fixed its predecessor’s shortcomings.

Monday saw the seventh patch for the iOS 12 beta in what has been a rapid fire of updates to the unreleased software. Users who signed up for Apple’s $99 developers program now have the option to upgrade their iPhone or iPad once again, only a week after the release of the previous beta.

The flip phone could make a comeback. New concept renders released on Thursday show how Samsung’s long-rumored “Galaxy F” foldable phone could radically transform the smartphone space, with the first major form factor change since Apple’s iPhone convinced most of the industry to produce flat black slabs back in 2007.

The renders were produced for NieuweMobile by Jonas Daehnert, a freelance industrial designer from Erfurt, Germany, based on patents filed by Samsung relating to a foldable phone. The fold would enable a switch from the 18.5 by 9 ratio screen on the Galaxy S9 Plus to a 21 by 9 screen with 1,440 by 3,360 pixels. If Samsung aims for the same pixel density as the S9 series, that would make the F’s screen around 7.3 inches in size. It would mean a staggering amount of screen real estate for watching films and responding to WhatsApp messages, but Daehnert notes that it’s unlikely to fold flat, so it will probably have a wedge-shaped gap similar to Microsoft’s Surface Book laptop.