The world’s thinnest tablet. The lightest 13-inch laptop. The first-ever truly wireless earbuds. These are a few of the groundbreaking gadgets shown at International CES in Las Vegas, where the 2015 show was the largest ever, with more than 170,000 attendees.
Yet some of the most innovative technology no longer fits in a suitcase. Consider the trailblazing Mercedes-Benz F 015 driverless concept car, or the next-generation 2016 Chevrolet Volt, which can drive 50 miles before switching its gas engine, and the zero-emissions, hydrogen fuel cell–based Toyota Mirai, which can drive 300 miles before it needs refueling. The strong presence of such car companies at an electronics show reveals how integral technology has become, with more than $14 billion in revenue for automotive electronics expected in 2015, according to the Consumer Electronics Association’s U.S. Consumer Electronics Sales and Forecasts report.
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Parrot’s RNB6 is one of the first after-market devices that will put Android Auto and Apple’s CarPlay into your existing vehicle—making it easy to get the state-of-the-art benefits of your smartphone’s travel apps without having to buy a new car.
Your smartphone can also coordinate with the Bragi Dash wireless earbuds to not only play music but also track your activity. Another great diagnostic use of your smartphone: the app that tells you how much power each of the gadgets charging in your AMPL SmartBag has, so you can redirect your energy resources wisely. Then there’s the Zano, an autonomous drone that will follow you (or, rather, your cell phone) and take pictures and HD video of you and your surroundings.
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As always for travelers, light and slim is preferred, which is why we’re highlighting the .23-inch thin Dell 87840 tablet and its impressive RealSense camera, which lets you focus after you take a shot list. And at 1.72 pounds, the new 13-inch Lenovo LaVie Z550 laptop is more than a full pound lighter than the 13-inch MacBook Air. Just don’t leave it behind—it’s that unnoticeable.
Of the hundreds of products we got our hands on at the show, we’ve narrowed it down to these 20 gadgets for travelers. While most are real-world products coming out in 2015, a few are still concepts and prototypes that will nevertheless show up in some form or another in the coming years—and that suggest how technology will continue to shape our trips in the future.