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CES 2016 First Look: 15 Cutting-Edge Products Unveiled On Day One

As CES kicked off Wednesday, companies showed off their coolest IoT products, drones and mobile devices. CRN takes a look at 15 of the coolest products.

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Automatic

Automatic makes a $100 car accessory called Automatic Link that plugs into just about any car’s standard diagnostics (OBD-II) port. The Bluetooth-enabled dongle beams static vehicle data to a smartphone app. It collects information such as mileage, trip data and helps decode dashboard-based diagnostic codes.

Here at CES, Automatic is touting a major update to its hardware. First off, it has added support for streaming Bluetooth, giving Automatic Link real-time capabilities that significantly enhance the platform's usability.

With the ability to stream car data straight from the OBD-II to a phone in real time, Automatic said it has swung the doors wide open to offer a wide variety of new services. Automatic now allows users to track in real time things such as fuel efficiency based on driving style, where users parked their car, crash response if Automatic detects a severe collision, and audible alerts if it detects problematic driving patterns.

The company is also talking up the fact Automatic has evolved into an app platform that allows businesses and car enthusiasts to focus on specific aspects of a car. An Automatic Fleet app keeps tabs on multiple cars at a time. There is a FreshBooks mileage tracking app, a Nest app that warms the house when users get close, and an UnMooch app for getting a buddy to chip in his exact share for gas.

 
 
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