LAS VEGAS – You enter the backseat of a tricked out BMW SUV X5, imagine it’s a self-driving car of the future and look to be entertained. A movie screen pops up and offers you 270 degrees worth of choices – how about a visual Batman comic book, a movie trailer or a complete film?
Sit in this BMW and listen to the sounds of multiple speakers pumping out stereo, and hi-def resolution on the screen, and let’s face it – how could you argue that this wasn’t really cool?
The Batman Immersive Experience, from computer chip maker Intel and Batman owner Warner Media, is just one of five cool things we saw on the second day of CES previews. The trade floor of the CES officially opens to the public Tuesday.
Other cool things we saw
• Digital license plates: The Rplate Pro has so many consumer friendly features. You can skip waiting in line at the Department of Motor Vehicles, change up vanity features, pay parking and tolls digitally or add causes to your plate on a whim. But it will cost you – big time. You’ll need to shell out about $500 to buy these plates, which are expanding from California to Arizona and Michigan this spring.
• Dolby’s $600 movie theater-like headphones: With that kind of price, you might say, wait a minute – until you put them on. Dolby, the company best known for sound technology at movie theaters, found a way to re-create authentic cinema-like sound, in a pair of wireless Dimension headphones that in a word, sound truly amazing. Dolby execs say the headphones make every screen – phone, tablet and TV – the “big screen.”
• Home boxing gym: For $1,000, you can buy two punching bags and trot around them at home, working every part of your body with FightCamp. One of the most crowded booths at CES on Monday night, FightCamp includes a punching bag, gloves and hand wraps as well an exercise mat. If you’re interested in lessons, you can pay $39 monthly for a video subscription. The gym has trackers and game play to keep you motivated. For instance, a timer lets you know that you’ll be throwing 300 punches in 3 minutes, and keeps on you until you finish. “Expect a lot of punching, a lot of core and a lot of burn,” says company co-founder Khalil Zahar.
• Electric Go-Kart: Segway-Ninebot, the company that makes electric scooters and the Segway personal mover, introduced a new electric vehicle aimed at kids and adults. The Ninebot GoKart Kit is a $1,000 electric vehicle. It’s different than most gas-powered scooters because it runs on electricity, says the company’s Tony Ho. “It’s like comparing a Tesla to a gas car,” he says. “We go faster and are more fun.”
Finally, after all those pricey products, the Batman ride is priceless. As cool as it was, it may never see the light of day. It’s a concept put together by Intel and Warner, and seeing such entertainment go mass market could take “at least a decade,” said Marcie Miller, who runs the Automotive Strategic Marketing division at Intel.
But it’s fun to dream, right Batman?
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