By Dianne R. Davis
Photos by Dianne R. Davis or Burt Davis unless otherwise indicated.
CES® 2016 - How Our World Is Changing
Drones, Virtual Reality, automotive advances, headphones, and futuristic homes abounded at CES® 2016. The annual CES® gathering was held in Las Vegas January 6 – 9, 2016. More than 170,000 people attended this huge convention which was housed in the Las Vegas Convention Center, Sands Convention Center, and portions of four hotels. The exhibits are a techie's Nirvana.
World’s Largest Innovation Event Features Ground-Breaking Technologies, Global Tech Leaders and Entertainment Elite
The world's largest innovation Event shined a spotlight on innovation that will transform our world with 3,887 exhibiting companies showcasing ground-breaking technologies, and launching some 20,000 new products at the event.CES® 2016, the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies, brought together tech and other business leaders from around the world, policymakers and Hollywood’s foremost influencers for a star-studded event that brought the next-generation of innovation to the global stage. Owned and produced by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)TM, formerly the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, CES® 2016 ran January 6-9 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
“CES® 2016 marked the largest unveiling of game-changing innovation in the world, with the largest show floor – more than 2.47 million net square feet – in CES® history,” said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, Consumer Technology Association. “The products that debuted atCES® will address many of the world’s most pressing problems, making improvements in healthcare, agriculture, transportation, manufacturing, entertainment, retail and beyond, while creating new markets, new opportunities and new jobs.”
How does one identify with so large an event and so much technology that is far beyond the average person. I was able to spend two days at CES®, but honestly, it isn't nearly enough. This article will give you an overview and a general feel for some of the new technology that surrounded convention goers. Many of the new products illustrated how our world is changing. Keep in mind that this writer considers herself to be a technological dinosaur.
There were exhibits presenting drones throughout the show. Drones were once a novelty, but are now finding many commercial applications such as package delivery.
Personal virtual reality goggles were a popular item. Many of the major companies such as Samsung were showing off their latest goggles. Viewers could just put them on and see the world in new ways.
Many automotive companies brought their cars. Most new autos are now available with WiFI. You can sit in your car and check out the appliances in your house - as long as you are not driving.
The home is certainly becoming digital. Refrigerators are being built with a myriad of temperature controls and even internal TV monitors. Wired homeowners can look on their smart phones and see the color of the broccoli in their refrigerators.
Wearables are becoming more popular. Most of these devices involve wrist bands and special clothes for monitoring physical activity. But Samsung has begun to market mens suits which are digitally wired.
The latest televisions, cameras, headsets, etc were all there as well. You could spend many days browsing the displays, talking to the experts, and wishing you could purchase many of the items on display. The list of interesting gadgets and accessories was endless-wish I had more time to learn more. I will certainly plan to go back next year and spend as much time as possible learning more about today and tomorrow's consumer electronic products.
I felt I learned a great deal about the future of consumer products of the future and look forward to spending more time at the show next year when it returns to las Vegas from January 5-8, 2017.
Next Generation of Wearables & Lots of Innovations Shown at CES 2016
I'm planning to take a cruise, but I get motion sickness. What can I do? People in my family lose their hair early. Is there a solution? I'm hard of hearing. Is there new technology that ties in with my phone and can help me? Possible answers to these very practical questions presented themselves the 2016 CES in Las Vegas in January.
CES Unveiled, The official media event of CES 2016, featured more than 160 exhibiting companies, including a record-breaking 52 startups from Eureka Park - the dedicated CES exhibit area for early-stage companies. Exhibitors offered a preview of products launching at the show to more than 2,000 media, covering the latest in sensors, 3D printing, the Internet of Things, wearables, virtual reality and robotics.
A wearable is best described as a digital device that is worn and can provide useful data. Wearables originally consisted of watches that supplied heart rate and other significant metabolic data. These devices have matured and now provide myriad data such as calorie count and how much work is needed by the wearer to meet a specific exercise goals. Smart watches sold by Apple and Google even allow the user to send and receive E-mails
Relief Band Technologies has taken wearables to the next level with the introduction at CES of the ReliefBand® an over the counter product for the drug-free treatment of nausea. This wrist worn device is designed to detect and provide drug free relief of nausea.
As it was explained to me, basically it works by sending pulses with highly specific waveform, frequency, and intensity that stimulate the median nerve on the underside of the wrist. This precise activity (technically referred to as “neuromodulation”) uses the body’s natural neural pathways to block the waves of nausea produced by the stomach.
Clearly, this is a technological advancement with practical application for pregnant women, patients suffering from chemotherapy effects, and those who are susceptible to seasickness. The potential market for this product is huge. It will be available for purchase during the first quarter of 2016.
ReSound is made for the iPhone and more. We saw a demonstration of how those with hearing loss can enjoy high quality sound through hearing aids that work like wireless stereo headphones.
And then there was Boud PIC, the world’s first lifestyle camera that provides unique flexibility and as their people called it, “robustness”. PIC can be used without a mounting kit, so it is now possible to record any lifestyle action that people could not record previously. In general, conventional cameras need a separate mounting kit, but PIC can be used by bending, tying the object or adjusting the angle of the body without a holder or mounting kit. PIC can be easily stuck on to any object whenever tying or bending is possible. That could have some cool applications!
These are just a very few of the innovative products that are great for technological dinosaurs (like me.)