The Consumer Electronics Show
Emerging Trends from the CES
A drone is unmanned aerial vehicle fitted with a gimbal and camera now available for consumer use.
Technology has now enabled consumer drones to be intuitive and easy to fly. Drones (or quadcopters) generally use 4 identical propellers to achieve control. By changing the speed of each propeller, you can dictate the direction & speed in which the drone moves. They are also fitted with a camera in order to capture the footage that you want from the flight.
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Virtual Reality & Augmented Reality
“Virtual Reality (VR) is an artificial environment that is created with software and presented to the user in such a way that the user suspends belief and accepts it as a real environment. On a computer, Virtual Reality is primarily experienced through two of the five senses: sight and sound.”
The Samsung Gear VR is one of the first VR devices available to consumers. Find out more & shop the Gear VR here.
“Augmented Reality (AR) is a live direct or indirect view of a physical, real-world environment whose elements are augmented (or supplemented) by computer-generated sensory input such as sound, video, graphics or GPS data”
"Smart Home" is the term commonly used to define a residence that has appliances, lighting, heating, air conditioning, TVs, computers, entertainment audio & video systems, security, and camera systems that are capable of communicating with one another and can be controlled remotely by a time schedule, from any room in the house via your smartphone.
Remote Monitoring systems – Systems based on security features so you can check in any time and anywhere from your smartphone.
Keyless entry – Smart locks that unlock via your phone
Automated devices – Perform daily tasks for you e.g. laundry machines that fold your clothes or lighting that can be remotely adjusted
Sensor based devices – Use information from sensors to activate or automate e.g. Smart Beds which tell you how you slept or outdoor lighting turns on when you arrive home based on the proximity of your phone and the time of day
Wearables & Biometrics
The new age of wearable technology consists of devices loaded with smart sensors that use Bluetooth to connect wirelessly to your smartphone. Wearables track aspects in your life and help you in achieving goals such as staying fit, losing weight or being more organised.
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Wearables – New developments in modular wearables includes wearables for pets, more fashion based accessories for wearables, and wearables with workout routines pre-programmed.
Biometrics – Uses clothing with sensors to collect and collate biometric data. There are new developments in everything from Sportsbras to Suits that do everything from monitoring your vitals to charging your smart devices.
New developments in TVs, Whitware & Computers
HDR (high dynamic range) TVs will expand the TV’s contrast ratio and colour palette to offer a more realistic, natural image than what’s possible with today’s HDTV’s. HDR TVs feature better quality pixels, not just more pixels. Most TVs with 4K resolution are compatible with HDR content.
LG's "wallpaper" TV - This ultra thin TV is only 1mm thick and attached to your wall via a mounted magnetic mat as it is too thin for traditional mounts. It uses OLED (organic light emitting diode) technology, giving darker black levels & improved brightness & contrast control which allows for much smoother transitions between dark & light scenes.
Connected Whiteware has been talked about for many years. At this years show one of the key innovations from Samsung was the ‘Family Hub Fridge’ which finally delivers some tangible ‘Connected’ benefits:
• 21” in built Touch Screen – this allows you stream live TV through Samsung phone or use as touch screen PC.
• A ‘Shopping List App’ powered by MasterCard
• 3 Cameras that take pictures of all items in the fridge every time the fridge is closed. These images are then made available on an App from your phone making re-stocking the fridge quick & easy.
2-in1’s are becoming more mainstream as people are looking for multi function devices that serve more than one purpose (Laptop and Tablet)
• Microsoft Surface Pro 4 - find out more
• Microsoft SurfaceBook - find out more
• HP X2 Detachable Hybrid Tablet - find out more
Cloud computing – Saving and accessing documents on cloud services
• Streambook – Windows cloud based devices
• Chromebook – Google cloud based devices