First peek from the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show

Greetings from the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas where there are over 3,500 exhibitors and over 170,000 attendees! The show is big — it brings in $210M to Las Vegas’ economy.

The first event for the media was “CES unveiled”. About 150 of the 3,500 exhibitors had a special show for the media for 3 hours, just so they could give an early report of all the fascinating stuff to be found there. It was a bit of a zoo with thousands of media trying to get their own angle on the various products exhibited. Yours truly was there to get that sneak peek.

And yes I had my own favourites! Here are the top five interesting (read unusual) products from the early CES unveiled. All prices are in US dollars.

Let me start with the most unusual use of 3D printing.

The Inail is an intelligent 3D nail printer. It lets you design your own pattern for your artificial nail. It operates via a smart phone and tablet. The artificial finger and toe nail patterns are available in various sizes at a cost of $29.95 per set. The printer is a bit more expensive at $2,800 and I’d guess it is primarily aimed at professional nail salons.

3D nails

One of the most popular booths was the digitsole — a connected and interactive shoe sole that counts steps, warms your feet (controlled by your smart phone) and is shock and water proof. It comes as an insole or built into the shoe like the one in the picture below at a cost of $350.


Smart Remote from Sevenhugs comes from a French startup. This product is a “contextual” remote control device that can control up to nine devices such as thermostat, TV and stereo. It uses Wi-Fi and does not need direct link between the device and the remote. The device is planned to be released sometime in the next three months. No price point was given.

smart remote at CES

The Chipolo is a coin-sized item finder that connects to your smart phone. As someone who often misplaces her iPhone, this device was of special interest to me. It works in a 60 metre range and the tagged item can be located through a sound it omits or on a map or through a message on its last location. At a cost of $29.95, it is one of the few devices I may get.

imageThere were lots of cameras on display, both video and still. In my humble opinion, the cutest one was the Pic, it has a long flexible stem which can be wound around objects in the style of a bracelet. It is waterproof and can take up to an hour long video, but is a bit pricey at $149.

Pic camera at CES

Stay tuned for my next report on the weird and wonderful things at the 2016 CES!

Catherine Aczel Boivie
Catherine Aczel Boivie
Dr. Catherine Aczel Boivie is a widely respected executive with over 30 years of experience in the leadership of advancing the value of information technology as a business and education enabler. Prior executive roles includes: CEO Inventure Solutions and Senior Vice President of Information Technology/Facility Management for Vancity Credit Union; SVP of IT and Chief Information Officer at Pacific Blue Cross and Canadian Automobile Association of British Columbia. Catherine is also an experienced board member serving on several boards, including those of Commissioner for Complaints for Telecom-television Services, Canada Foundation for Innovation and MedicAlert Canada. Dr. Boivie is the founding Chair and President of the Chief Information Officers (CIO) Association of Canada that has over 400 Chief Information Officers as members across Canada. She has been publicly recognized for her contributions, including being named as one of Canada's top 100 most powerful women by the Women's Executive Network in the "Trailblazers and Trendsetters" category and the recipient of the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee medal for being a "catalyst for technology transformation".

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