Good morning. We’re on Day 2 of CES 2017, the largest consumer electronics tradeshow of the year — here are 10 new and awesome gadgets that should be on your radar. And here’s more good gear: a stylish Canon point-and-shoot, a lifestyle running shoe, a Lego robotics kit for kids and much more.
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10 New Products Worth Knowing About from CES 2017, Part I
A fitness-tracking ring, a super-lightweight 2-in-1 computer, the return of Blackberry (really) and more.
Native Sneakers Mercury LiteKnit
Native is one of the youngest brands on the shoe scene, yet has already established itself as one of the most forward-thinking — not long ago, we dubbed their odd-looking yet ridiculously comfortable Apollo Moc one of the best sneakers of the summer. The Mercury LiteKnit is an ultra-lightweight runner, showing clear inspiration from Nike’s FlyKnit series — yet with its minimal branding and simple outsole, it’s better suited for looking good in jeans than for running laps.
Canon Powershot G9 X Mark II
Just announced at CES, Canon’s newly updated G9 X point-and-shoot sports a faster image processor, auto scene detection, better low-light performance, improved Bluetooth connectivity, stylish leather details and more. Starts shipping in February.
Lego Boost Educational Kits
Lego’s first robotics kit for children, ages seven and up. (Their other robotics kit line, Mindstorm, is more advanced and intended for young adults.) Kids build a model — a Wall-e-like robot, a cat, a guitar, a construction vehicle or a mini 3D printer — and then, using an app, program it to do things like move, speak, listen and more. They’ll be having too much fun to realize they’re learning how to code. Available August 2017.
La Colombe Tea & Tisane Collection
Tea gets a bad rap because most people have only ever had bad tea (think sawdust-filled sachets). But high-quality oolong can be just as complex as a cup of single-origin coffee, or even a fine whiskey. La Colombe caters to coffee nerds first and foremost, and by including tasting notes, offering precise steeping (and re-steeping) instructions and outlining the origin and harvest season, its teas play into the coffee community’s obsession with technique. It’s a smart move — one that might be enough to turn even the most unwavering of coffee devotees onto the world of tea. — Emily Singer, Associate Staff Writer
At Auction: 2016 Porsche 911 R
A thoroughly modern, race-ready and limited-edition 911 with a GT3 RS drivetrain mated to an honest-to-god manual transmission? Oh yes. The 911 R. This example is the only paint-to-sample model in France (it is custom-painted by Porsche, rather than one of the two standard color schemes). Because it’s such a unique version of an already coveted, special car, this 911 R will sell for a ton of cash — 25 percent of which will be donated toward curing cancer in children. – Nick Caruso, Associate Editor
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