Five Amazing Gadgets From CES 2016 That Will Make Our Lives Better

Every January thousands gather at the Consumer Electronics Show to see the newest gadgets.

Every January, thousands gather at the Consumer Electronics Show to see the newest gadgets that will change our lives, or at least look like they might. The show just wrapped, and in between the virtual reality headgear and smart cars, there are some finds that could make the world a better place. Here are five products from this month’s show that are a bit more inspiring than a lot of tech and could help to save lives—and the planet.


On average, we use 80 liters of water when we shower. This shower head keeps track of your water use, turning colors when you have reached a target amount (it’s set to 55 liters). What’s more, it runs on a battery that is charged by the shower head.


The smart steering wheel cover alerts drivers with lights and sounds when they’re showing distracted behaviors, including taking their hands off the wheel. It was designed by a teenager, with his peers in mind.

The Smart Ski Airbag Vest

By In&motion, this vest “detects unavoidable falls and inflates in less than 100 milliseconds.” It’s designed for skiing, but there are a number of other high-impact sports it would be good for, too.

Ampware Case

Remember how much you relied on your battery-powered radio when you lost electricity? Old meets new with this crank-powered phone charger. Five minutes of cranking can generate up to an hour of phone use.


A baby monitor that uses pulse oximetry (what hospitals use) to keep track of vital signs. The wireless “Smart Sock” fits on your baby’s foot and monitors heart rate and oxygen levels while they sleep, and sends the info to your phone.


A two-minute television ad from New Zealand is a gut punch to dog lovers who smoke cigarettes. "Quit for Your Pets" focuses on how second-hand smoke doesn't just affect other humans, but our pets as well.

According to Quitline New Zealand, "when you smoke around your pets, they're twice as likely to get cancer."

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Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders took aim at former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg onstage at Wednesday's Las Vegas Democratic debate, likening the billionaire businessman to President Donald Trump and questioning his ability to turn out voters.

Sanders began by calling out Bloomberg for his stewardship of New York's stop and frisk policy that targeted young black men.

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Walmart workers issued a "wake up call" to Alice Walton, an heir to the retailer's $500 billion fortune, in New York on Tuesday by marching to Walton's penthouse and demanding her company pay its 1.5 million workers a living wage and give them reliable, stable work schedules.

The protest was partially a response to the company's so-called "Great Workplace" restructuring initiative which Walmart began testing last year and plans to roll out in at least 1,100 of its 5,300 U.S. stores by the end of 2020.

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