Whoa (2)! Your CES 5x5: 5 top tech trends & 5 coolest innovations at the show
Wed Jan 04 22:00:00 EST 2017
5 Top Tech Trends:
Technological changes are poised to revolutionize our everyday lives – from how we live, work and communicate to how we define who we are. The Consumer Technology Association’s (CTA) chief economist Shawn DuBravac, Ph.D. spoke today about the five key trends and technologies emerging at this year’s CES.
Trend one - The New Voice of Computing The CTA is predicting that voice will replace the graphical interface in many computing applications, particularly in smart home applications. This is driven by the increasing success of voice recognition software that is now on par with a human’s ability to process voice. Products in this area are becoming more fluid and conversational and personal assistant products like Alexa are starting to become more commonplace. Five million of these type of products have been sold so far and the CTA is predicting a similar number in 2017, doubling the installed base. Smart homes and environments are driving the use of faceless computing that provides computing without the traditional use of keyboards and displays and this trend seems set to continue.
Trend two – Artificial Intelligence (AI) Infusion in Our Lives and Businesses Once again smart home applications are a driver here as we allow AI to take control of more parameters in our lives. This growing trust is due in part to the growing sophistication of the products on offer. At CES this year there are products like fridges that adjust to the external temperature and humidity. The consumer’s trust in AI is growing as we become happier to allow more parts of our lives to be automated. The use of algorithms that define content using AI is broadening into content development, like entertainment programming and much more. The CTA believes we are seeing an inflection point in the perceived value of AI.
Trend three - Connections and Computation Everything connected and everything computing. Again smart homes are a part of this, with growth of 63% predicted to more than $3.5 billion, but also the blurring and blending of data from multiple devices like wearables, another market slated for substantial growth. Ultimately this connectivity and computation is creating changes in behaviour in specific cases. As an example, last year’s Pokémon Go got people outside and moving more than before.
Trend four - Transportation Transformation It’s no longer the automotive industry colliding with the electronics industry; now the vehicle is one seamless consumer tech product and some major announcements are expected this week with more of the major carmakers taking part than ever before. Nissan is exhibiting for the first time and its CEO and Chairman, Carlos Ghosn, will be presenting one of this week’s keynotes. Already we have seen Fiat Chrysler Automotive unveil its Portal, a vehicle for millennials and this evening Faraday Futures finally launched its first vehicle, the FF91. As well as growth in the automotive sector, set to reach $19 billion, the drone market is also expected to grow 40% and new applications that combine areas of technology such as smart homes and drones will help fuel that. As an example, one launch this week at CES combines home security with a drone that is sent up to surveil the home from above when the alarm is activated.
Trend five - Digitizing the Consumer Experience Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) are combining to create a mixed reality that has applications in shopping, gaming, on-site maintenance, medical procedures and areas that have not yet even been considered. The CTA is expecting many new developments and products in this area through the coming week and beyond.
Clearly many of these trends overlap, VR and AR combined with AI impacts areas such as transportation, smart home and faceless computing through voice recognition. It’s all part of a large complex ecosystem of intelligent connected devices driven by innovation in technology.
These are all trends that will impact not only on CES this week, but upon our daily lives in 2017 and the coming years.
5 Coolest Innovations at the Show:
As every year, CES Unveiled was packed full of journalists and full of innovations. Notably, there were less hover-boards than last year, less gaming and more wearables, fitness, health and lifestyle products. Here are five that leverages the technologies listed above and really caught my eye!
Motiv – a fitness tacker in a ring rather than a wristband: For me this one stood out for style and design and the sheer ingenuity required in fitting the technology into such a small and attractive space. I’ve been put off fitness trackers because the space on my wrist is reserved for my watch and the heart rate monitor only seems to work when the product is on tightly and that can be uncomfortable. Motiv solved those issues and also tracks your active movement rather than all your movement, using raised heart rate as a prompt to start recording activity.
Mars by Crazybaby – a blue tooth speaker with a levitating tweeter: Who doesn’t need a levitating tweeter in their lives right? Every tech savvy home should have at least one levitating product. This is another sleek design that combines good looks with application. The tweeter sits on top of the woofer and charges from it, levitating to avoid the interference of the bass vibration. The speaker quality is excellent, the price is reasonable and the product is cool; no wonder it won an innovation award.
Ability 3D A88 – bench-top consumer 3D printer for metals: This is a product with hobby and industrial applications. They claim it’s the first consumer 3D printer for metals and it will retail at below $3,000 in a spring Kickstarter campaign. What really caught my eye was the use of metals that can be purchased cheaply at your local hardware store. The printer cleverly uses both additive (print) technology and subtractive (routing) technology to ensure the desired accuracy and finish.
FridgeCam – wireless camera and application to reduce waste in your fridge: FridgeCam does what it says on the label. It’s a retrofitable camera that communicates to an app and tells you when the produce in your fridge will go off. It can advise on when to purchase additional produce as well as when use by dates are imminent. The two major benefits here are that it can be fitted to any fridge instead of purchasing a smart fridge and that it reduces food waste, a benefit that could save the average family the cost of the product in around two months. The company behind the product has overcome the design challenges of putting a camera into a low temperature environment and of communicating wirelessly from inside a metal box.
Prophix: The World’s First Video Toothbrush not only did I notice this one, so did the ChicagoInno group yesterday in their report on cool innovations at the show. ONVI, a pioneer in dental health, had a vision of improving and empowering oral healthcare through a better at-home experience. Together with Radius Innovation & Development, they created Prophix, a groundbreaking new video toothbrush. Prophix captures live video so you can see and understand what is actually happening when you brush your teeth. Cleaning sessions are tracked on your phone and you are able to capture and store photos in the app. ONVI founder, Dr. Craig S. Kohler, D.D.S., M.B.A., M.A.G.D.: “As I used intraoral cameras and monitors to treat my patients, I saw how much it improved their outcomes and understanding of their oral health. Dr. Craig, collaborated with Radius to frame the user experience of this new, more informative brushing method. Radius delivered on all fronts, from strategy and brand creation to industrial and digital design, all the way to engineering development and commercialization. Dr. Kohler added, “In 2016, it’s finally possible to bring this state-of-the-art technology into the home.”
These are just a few of the exciting innovations we’ll see this week at CES and judging by these products we can expect some very creative and well-designed solutions to tempt the ever more discerning consumer.
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