CES is a huge show. Something like 175,000 people — engineers, designers, buyers, media, influencers, etc — dropped in on Las Vegas to this year to get a first look at the future of consumer tech.
This year, it was easy to get swallowed up by 8K TVs, foldable screens, and electric car stuff.
This is my ninth CES and after nearly a decade of being jaded from covering iterative versions of existing gadgets, CES 2020 brought back the weird. Like the Sublue's Mix Pro, an "underwater scooter" that you grab with two hands and it propels you through the water.
Naturally, when I saw the huge water tank Sublue had installed in its booth, I couldn't resist jumping in to try out the Mix Pro for myself. Sublue didn't need much convincing and the next thing I knew, I was in a back room changing into a wetsuit and climbing up the water tank's stairs for a demo of the "underwater scooter."
First, some basic info on the Mix Pro. Sublue been selling these "underwater scooters" (despite the name, there are no wheels) for years. The Mix Pro slots in just between the company's $549 WhiteShark Mix and $999 Seabow. And, it's just better. It's lighter, faster, and the battery lasts longer.
The tank I was in wasn't very large or deep so I didn't have much space to really glide more than a few feet forward and downward. But that's not important because the Mix Pro basically replaces flippers and the need to kick your legs. It's pretty awesome the second you're pulled forward with the motors.
Sublue hasn't announced pricing or release information for the Mix Pro yet. The only thing that has me concerned is that they're crowdfunding it on Kickstarter in April. Now, Sublue has already proven itself with the underwater scooters it currently sells, but we all know crowdfunded products can end up wonderful or completely disastrous.