In early January, Pixio attended the 2017 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) for the fourth straight year. We go to this innovative tech showcase each year to put our finger on the pulse of the industry to stay informed and better serve our clients.
We spoke to everyone from rising startups to the industry titans such as Samsung and Intel. Here are just some of tech trends we observed at this year’s showcase.
The main theme this year was connectivity. From your home to your car to your body, companies are creating products with inter-related connectivity. Bluetooth and the Amazon Echo and its digital assistant, Alexa, can be connected with your smartwatch, your car (Ford’s SYNC platform) and the appliances in your home. Another point of emphasis was 5G, the next wave of mobile network technology.
The HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, PlayStation VR and Intel Project Alloy are just some of the commercial virtuality reality systems that have been making noise. With these systems becoming popular last year, 2017 presents the chance to improve upon these impressive products. The Playstation VR has given gamers a more immersive experience, while HTC is going to release the Vive Tracker which will produce digital versions of objects that are near you in real life. HTC also has plans to get developers to create virtual reality experiences for arcades. Products such as Cerevo’s Taclim VR shoes, which tracks the wearer’s feet and brings them into another reality, show an innovative step forward. The sense is that this is just the beginning of an exciting future for VR.
The luxury wearable market has arrived. Brands such as Michael Kors and Fossil have each gotten into this market, giving their customers a high-class wearable option. Fitness was another focal point this year. Vert’s G-Vert is a tracker that is worn around the waist and measures the intensity of workouts and asymmetry in motion. Pregnant women can wear Bloomlife’s new wearable which tracks contractions. You can even get your pet a wearable as Jagger & Lewis’ smart collar can tell you your pet’s mood and measure their eating, drinking and sleeping habits.
Artificial intelligence was popular at CES. Autonomous vehicles were a focal point as Tesla’s Autopilot feature and Nissan’s Leaf will have ProPilot. Nvidia, a popular graphics processing company, will work with Audi to bring an autonomous car to life. Other interesting examples of artificial intelligence include Hubble’s mood-sensing Hugo, Panasonic’s mini projection robot, Withings and L’Oreal’s Kerastase Hair Coach and Griffin Technology’s Smart Toaster.
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