CES 2016: Media Content Creators Highlights

CES 2016

Parrot Disco Drone

CES 2016: Media Content Creators Highlights

CES 2016 was full of both meaningful and meaningless technology, so I attempted to compile things that had the most significance for media content creators.

The Internet of Things is still trying to make headway into our lives, and one of the devices that I call meaningless (you may or may not agree) is a door lock that locks or unlocks the doors to one’s home via the Internet. It is manufactured under the Brinks name which is a name that to most is synonymous with security however, from this author’s perspective, installing locks of this nature is like giving a burglar the keys to your house. Rule #1: If you are looking for security, stay away from the Internet. Rule #2: If your home has valuable items, and has Internet activated locks, see Rule #1.

Of course there are those items that may seem desirable, but are not really for the common man. Such as the iFit NordicTrack Escape Treadmill that appeared during CES 2016, a treadmill fitted with a 60-inch curved OLED TV. This iFit Nordic Track Treadmill will either become a standard for which the elite will be able to stay in shape, or the world’s most expensive clothes hanger.

CES 2016

iFit NordicTrack Escape Treadmill

While most treadmills only incline or decline, the NordicTrack Escape will also tilt from side to side. An iFit representative likened it to the pitch and yaw of an airplane. The treadmill analyzes your chosen route and matches the terrain of a chosen destination, allowing for indoor trail runs or runs on your favorite outdoor route during rainy days.

The treadmill syncs to iFit’s wearables via WiFi. Details are subject to change, but iFit and NordicTrack are planning for a Christmas 2016 release at roughly $8,000.

–Stu Brown

CES 2016

The Razer Blade Stealth and Razer Core.

CES 2016

The Razer Core.

The Razer Blade Stealth

The Razer Blade Stealth is a powerful machine for $999, plus it has an incredible docking solution that adds the power of an external graphics card.

The Razer Blade Stealth isn’t a gaming laptop — until you plug it into the Razer Core, a docking station that not only adds ports and charges the laptop, but also adds the horsepower of an external graphics card.

You get to choose which graphics card to add. Just flip open the handle, pull and the tray slides right out. One screw, two power connectors and you’re done. The 12.5” Razer Blade Stealth’s breathtaking display is available in two high resolutions: Ultra HD at 3840 x 2160 pixels and Quad HD at 2560 x 1440 pixels. These are also touchscreens, folks!

The 6th Gen Intel Core i7-6500U processor gives the Razer Blade Stealth 2.5GHz of processing power and Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.1GHz. Push even more pixels with the Intel® HD Graphics 520 for smooth visuals.

The Razer Blade Stealth also packs up to 512GB of PCIe solid-state storage and 8GB of fast dual-channel memory, allowing you to boot quicker and launch applications faster than ever before.

CES 2016

Nikon KeyMission 360 Action Camera

 Nikon KeyMission 360 Action Camera

 Dual lenses and image sensors produce a single immersive, ultra-high-definition video and still image.

 Take it underwater to approximately 100ft/30m. Stands up to dust, shock and low temperatures.
The camera also features built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity as well as electronic Vibration Reduction (VR) to help reduce the effects of shakes and jitters from body- and vehicle-mounted action footage.

Parrot Disco Drone

CES 2016

Parrot Disco Drone Prototype

Disco is a fascinating project: a fast, smart, ultra-light drone with around 45 minutes of flight time. This will be the first “ready-to-fly” wing-shaped drone, and the first everyone can easily pilot.

Just mount the wings to the body and throw it in the air. No piloting skills are required.


CES 2016

Zeiss iPhone Lenses

German optics specialists Zeiss hops into the iPhone accessories market with the launch of a new camera lens kit for the iPhone 6.

The kit boasts telephoto, wide-angle and zoomable macro lens, which is supported by a ExoLens bracket, compatible with iPhone 6, 6s, 6 Plus and 6s Plus… with the brand is also promising further compatibility with even newer devices.

The bundle also comes with a tripod mount and a cold shoe for further attachments and added modular functionality.

The Zeiss lenses are expected to drop later this year.

CES 2016

Nikon D5 & D500

Nikon D500 DSLR

It features a new autofocus system, 4K video recording, and an extended ISO range of up to 3,280,000. That’s right… you can shoot at ISO 3.28 million.

Inside the camera is a full-frame 20.8-megapixel CMOS sensor that can shoot stills at 12 frames per second (14fps with the mirror locked) and video at 4K resolution and 30fps. Backing the sensor is a new Expeed 5 image processor.

There’s a revamped autofocusing system that uses 153 autofocus points that cover a large portion of the frame. Nikon says this is its first DSLR with a dedicated AF processor. Of those 153 points, 99 are cross-type.

The Nikon D5 will be available in March 2016 for $6,500 for the body only.

super8_pressReleaseImage Kodak Super 8 Camera

The new Super 8 modernizes the classic design. When you send the film into Kodak, the company send you back both digital and film treatments, making you a regular Quentin Tarantino.
It’s aimed at people interested in the craft of moviemaking. Similar to how audiophiles have flocked to vinyl records — which are bringing in more money than streaming services — Kodak is predicting that cinephiles will want the warmth of the Super 8 format.



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