Consumer Electronics Show, the biggest consumer tech festival on Earth, has just concluded. We saw some amazing pieces of tech, but here are the trends that stood out:
Internet of Things: Almost all companies, small or big, tech or auto, introduced some sort of Internet of Things. Fridges that tell you what items to buy, car dashboards that can open your home door and voice controlled smart home systems is just some of the things we saw. Moreover, a lot of companies announced that they are researching and developing new smart home solutions, and otherwise will soon be integrating their devices with existing smart home solutions. One thing is for sure though: by 2017-18, a solid platform will be ready for complete home, car and gadget IoT support. Very Promising!
Re-inventing the past: Kodak’s Super 8 camera, of course, is the landmark piece of nostalgia we saw at CES this year. The camera actually requires a film reel and will be developed by Kodak and uploaded to the cloud for the customer to access. We also saw a revival of turntables - Panasonic and Sony introduced quality turntables for Hi-Fi listening, as well as enabling the possibility of exporting old vinyls.
Cars: Sure, CES is the ‘electronics’ show, and we did see a lot of gadgets, but we also saw some really cool car tech. The reason, partly, is that car companies are integrating their vehicles with IoT devices. BMW, for example, showed us their smart mirror solution for viewing car stats. Also, when you walk out of the house with BMW’s key fob, the car (here, an i3) opens the garage door and drives itself out to you. Cars also got a lot of mention thanks to developing autonomous car technology, like Nvidia’s Drive PX supercomputer. Since automotive technology is going to be powered by the companies who make computer hardware and software, it was inevitable that a lot of cars were mentioned at CES.
Other than these distinct trends, we saw a few other things, notably drones (including the Parrot Disco, Intel+Yuneec Typhoon H), headphones, 4K OLED TV’s and powerful laptops (like the Razer Stealth Ultrabook), convertibles and PCs. We also saw some interesting wearables, like the Casio Android Wear watch and Misfit’s new trackers.
That wraps up CES 2016 on Technonerds. Here are the previous articles you should definitely read:
Cool Tech From CES Part 1, Part 2
Products from CES under the CES category
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