12 Gadgets That Will Define 2016. Is There Something Here You Would Use?

I was recently on the hunt to find out what exciting new technology is in store for us this year. As I set out to learn about new gadgets and ideas I came across this amazing list of exciting new technology from the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show, which I found to be interesting.

From what I learned as I read through this list is that this year there was a push from companies to make particular ideas more accessible to the average person with gadgets that are practical and make sense for everyday use. The following are a few of those ideas come to life.

1 Kids toys are getting more creative with technology.
Kids toys are getting more creative with technology.
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Sure, kids can pick up a tablet or smartphone, but the true innovative toys are those that combine high tech and simplicity. The Moff band collaboration with Pac-Man is a perfect example of this. Kids wear the Moff band and swing their arms to play Pac-Man through an app — making them physically active while using a smartphone or tablet.

2 Everyday items are getting smarter.
Everyday items are getting smarter.
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Another trend picking up at CES? Turning common products into smart gadgets. Take the oombrella, for example. The smart umbrella lets you know when it’s going to rain and reminds you not to leave it behind. It might not be the most necessary thing in the world, but it’s pretty impressive.

3 Women’s health is going high tech.
Women's health is going high tech.
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It’s about time women’s health took the floor at CES. Sure, we’ve had fitness trackers that appeal to women, but seeing products like the Pregnancy Pro stick by First Response that focus on reproductive health marks a step forward. It’s the only test that connects via Bluetooth and offers several features in an app to take you through the steps of using it.

4 Virtual reality is becoming more accessible.
Virtual reality is becoming more accessible.
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Whether you’re really into virtual reality or not, you can’t deny it’s going to become part of our lives. While Oculus Rift certainly has most of the world talking, other virtual reality products are making their way to the everyday person. For example, popular smartphone case company Speck announced its own line of Pocket VR ($70), complete with a phone case. The gadget lets you easily turn your smartphone into a way to use virtual reality without hurting your wallet.

5 Urban commuters are getting better options to move around.
Urban commuters are getting better options to move around.
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Last year, the “hoverboard” was a hit at CES. This year, we’re seeing the rise of portable electric scooters for urban riders — like URB-E (pictured here) and Xcooter — that are sleek and compact and can be folded up to fit in a small apartment.

6 Common health and wellness products are more advanced than ever.
Common health and wellness products are more advanced than ever.
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Say goodbye to simple health products. These days, it’s getting capabilities that connect to WiFi or Bluetooth. One item that stood out? The Withings Thermo. Not only does it read your temperature in two seconds, but it also keeps track of it on an app — all via WiFi.

7 Practical beauty gadgets are hitting the market.
Practical beauty gadgets are hitting the market.
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Beauty finally has a place in tech, although it still had a smaller presence at CES than other trends. Companies like FOREO are leading the way in connecting the two industries with its IRIS Illuminating Eye Massager. The gadget is tiny enough to carry anywhere and works to massage your eye area.

8 Parenting gadgets are getting more impressive.
Parenting gadgets are getting more impressive.
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Welcome to parenting in the 21st century. One of the most buzzed-about products at CES was a modern infant car seat from 4Moms: the device works with an app to help you correctly install the seat by automatically monitoring levels and tensions. It certainly wasn’t the only impressive parenting gadget this year. For instance, the Owlet Baby Monitor is a new infant smart sock that tracks a baby’s vitals.

9 Wearables are becoming super stylish.
Wearables are becoming super stylish.
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Move over, Fitbit and Jawbone. The number of wearables that are practical but also beautiful continues to grow. Mira’s new Vivid Wellness bracelet and pendant trackers, for instance, are so pretty, you’ll forget they’re trackers.

10 The home is becoming even easier to automate.
The home is becoming even easier to automate.
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Get ready for several parts of your house to get more tech-friendly. Products like D-Vine, a wine decanter that serves you a perfect glass of wine, just might make your life easier — especially while you’re unwinding. Need another example? Check out Samsung’s Family Hub Fridge. It’s a fridge with a LCD screen that can be used to order groceries.

11 Clothes are doubling as fitness trackers.
Clothes are doubling as fitness trackers.
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These days, trackers aren’t just bracelets or watches or even necklaces. At CES, we saw wearables that are actually clothes, like these Lumo Run shorts and capris. They feature a tracker embedded in the lining of the shorts that acts as a coach after collecting your running data.

12 Pet products aren’t getting left behind either.
Pet products aren't getting left behind either.
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Have a pet? Not to worry — they’re getting the 21st century treatment as well. Some like Petnet’s SmartFeeder may make your pet healthier. Others like the PetBot can connect you to your pet, even if you’re not around. This product lets your pet take a selfie that goes directly to your phone and lets you call them and give them a treat.

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