CES 2016: A Look Into The Future
Hold on tight, the New Year is coming up fast and with it CES 2016, the largest tech trade show of the year spread across Las Vegas, from January 6-9, 2016. The Consumer Electronics Show connects tech manufacturers and consumers from all over the planet with the very latest and next generation of technology.
All About Connectivity
Technology driven by the Internet of Things is connecting almost every conceivable facet of modern life and tech, from cars to houses to phones. According to Gartner, there will be over 50 billion connected devices globally by 2020. The 2016 show will be the first one that’s not arranged by industry segmentation but rather by each life impacting technology. Whether it’s home environment and security, health and fitness, virtual reality and autonomous cars, drone delivery or streaming content delivery, it’s all connected and you’ll find it at CES.
Wearable Health Tech
With wearable tech projected to grow close to 66% by 2019, there should be plenty of health and fitness tech to check out and try on as the industry starts to move away from strap on tech to sensor embedded clothing and fashions: shirts, shorts, hats, and jewelry. The trend will be for more invisible tech wear that tracks but doesn’t itself display the data, but provides it via haptic feedback that you can look up at any time from your phone.
The auto industry is invading CES big time this year with appearances by the major automakers and their connected cars: Audi, BMW, Chrysler, GM, Ford, Hyundai, Mercedes, Toyota and Volkswagen. Among them, Audi will preview the A8, it’s next-gen connected car and the apple of the show (wink, wink) may just be Faraday Future’s electric vehicle concept car, the Sunnyvale giant’s answer to Tesla.
Oh Those Autonomous Autos
Look for and look out for autonomous self-driving cars at CES and on the roads in Nevada. Both Kia and Mercedes will be featuring autonomous vehicles this year.
4K & 8K Display
Screens and smartphones have been the mainstay of previous CES shows, but there will be less breaking on this front. Expect to see the latest from heavyweight’s Sony, Samsung, and LG and even some more curved screens. 4K display is everywhere now, so look to HDR to be the next best thing. 4K brought us a boatload of more pixels and increased size and resolution. High Dynamic Range offers increased pixel data, making the brights even brighter and the darks darker, for a richer viewing experience (and possibly a poorer pocketbook). 8K is on the horizon, so there could be some noise in that department as well.
Speaking of 4K, expect to hear something or quite a bit about 4K content streaming from Netflix’s CEO Reed Hastings and in YouTube Chief Business Officer, Robert Kyncl’s keynote speech. More and more media is moving online so that shift is going to be underway. Stay tuned.
Here’s the heads up on the new VR headsets. There’ll be 40 exhibitors in the Virtual Reality realm wowing with new systems and environments, as well as gaming hardware, software and accessories designed for just about any type of device. Look for the HTC Vive, Sony Playstation VR headset, Facebook’s Oculus Rift headset, and the Samsung Gear. They’ll be easy to find, just look for the huge mob.
We’d be remiss if we left out the drones. 2016’s CES will have an Unmanned Systems marketplace which will be manned by 26 different exhibitors. With drone delivery looming overhead in the near future (2017), this is an explosive area of tech and there’s sure to be a lot flying on that front. That’s the buzz on the upcoming happenings on Sin City’s strip.
The buzz on the wireless front is that B2B Soft is connecting retailers with the POS tech they need to connect with customers and carriers, so they can be as profitable as possible. B2B Soft reps will be attending CES to meet up with existing as well as new clients. To arrange a meeting, fill-in the contact form at http://b2bsoft.com/contact/