CES 2016: The five gadgets WGSN editors have on their wishlist

We’ve checked out tens of thousands of product launches and hundreds of start-up showcases this week. And as well as tracking the biggest topics from the show – like VR, active tech and of course, wearables – we’ve also been busy collating our own personal wishlists, enjoy:


Sphero BB-8 Droid

“The breakout star of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, adorable droid BB-8, has become the breakout star of CES too. Sphero‘s mini, app-controlled droid is available to buy now for $149.99, while later this year will see the additional launch of a wristband that enables you to move your BB-8 using gesture control – or, as Sphero would prefer us to say, the Force. Both of us are massively into this product, so it takes top billing.”


WiseWear smart bracelet

“My recent fan-girl obsession with the Socialite collection from WiseWear is partially attributed to Iris Apfel, who partnered with the brand to create three beautifully designed wearable bracelets. But in a market ripe with ‘fashion’ wearables, what has WiseWear turning my head (and my wrist!)? In addition to the standard wellness trackers (step, distance and calorie counting and hydration levels), the distress feature (a touch of a button sends the wearer’s location and a text message to a list of emergency contacts) adds a level of safety and makes this a wearable I would actually wear.” Andrea Bell, Director, Think Tank

XYZ Printing

XYZ da Vinci 1.0 Pro 3D Printer

“With improvements including auto-loading filament, a new aluminum print bed to rapidly distribute heat evenly and a new optional laser engraver that works on woods, leathers and cardboard – I’m jumping on the 3D printing creative train. Priced at $899, I’ll need to make heavy use of this printer – any suggestions for best open source patterns? Feel free to leave any suggestions and tips in the comments.” Andrea Bell, Director, Think Tank


ONAGOfly nano drone

“If you were a fan of Zano, the micro-drone that created a lot of buzz at last year’s CES, you’ll like this GPS nano drone, which has a USB attachment in its body that records and saves high-quality video footage. It’s easily controlled by smartphone, and its wings come off to allow for safe transportation. The price point ($199) is great too, considering its features.” Sarah Housley, Editor, WGSN Lifestyle & Interiors

Foc.us Go Flow

Foc.us Go Flow brain stimulator

“I’m on a big bio hacking kick right now – if I could get an RFID chip installed in my hand, I would – and this product is a cheap, beginner-friendly way to get in on the tDCS (transcranial direct-current stimulation) movement. Foc.us‘ Go Flow works using two sticky patches that attach to your forehead to send a small current through your brain (it feels like a gentle tingle) to aid mental acceleration. The super-affordable starter version costs just $29.99.” Sarah Housley, Editor, WGSN Lifestyle & Interiors

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