Eight Remarkable Inventions Unveiled at This Year’s CES

From a smart grill to a bike that rides on water, these were the coolest—and strangest—gadgets at the Consumer Electronics Show

Rumor has it the Manta5 Hydrofoil Bike is extremely fun to ride. (Manta5)
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For more than half a century, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) has been the place for companies and inventors to display their newest and coolest gadgets and gear, and for investors and trend-spotters to take a gander at the technology of the future. Often, the most successful reveals will become part of our everyday lives.

Now-iconic items unveiled at past CES events include the VCR (1970), the camcorder (1981) and the Xbox (2001). Which inventions from this year’s CES, held this week in Las Vegas, will become as popular? Here are our picks for some of the most interesting, innovative, and simply smile-worthy entries.

The Insoles to Pick Up Your Pace

Any runner knows the right shoes are crucial to your speed. But Nurvv insoles, which debuted at CES this year, promise more than mere cushioning. The sensor-imbedded insoles transmit data to a coaching app, which offers insights on your technique and performance. The sensors measure cadence, stride length, foot strike and so forth, in an effort to assess your injury risk. The app then generates personalized workouts to set targets and help you beat your best speeds. Half marathon, here you come!

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