After recording over 40 videos about individual products at International CES 2015, the burning question from many viewers remains: what is life going to be like in the future?
We spotted a few trends at CES that will begin working their way into the consumer electronics marketplace.
For 2015 durability was something we saw a lot of. Lenovo announced a hardened Windows tablet that allow users to use pencils, pens, and even forks as a stylus without scratching the screen.
ioSafe continued to grow their line of hard disk enclosures and network attached storage devices that can survive fires and floods. LG showed us smartphone backings that heal themselves from scratches. These were just a few of the things you’ll see coming to market in the coming months.
Innovators are also working to make technology more accessible and affordable. Companies like HP are now selling Windows PCs in the $200 to $100 range. Our sponsor, Axcelle, makes Android and Windows tablets that cost less than $100. Soon it will be easy for families to afford computers for everyone in their household and for schools to replace textbooks with inexpensive tablets.
Intel is driving this low cost revolution through their Bay Trail, Moorefield, and Cherry Trail processors. These inexpensive chips contain most of what is needed to drive a Windows, Android, or Linux computer making it very inexpensive for computer makers to put together a fully functional PC. The computers powered by these chips run regular Windows software and perform as fast as some of the higher end PCs from a just a few years ago.
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Companies are also making it easier for consumers to tell and share their stories through video. Sony is developing a system for connecting its camcorders together to record things at multiple angles. Kodak is making a comeback with a 360 degree action camera that can capture action from all directions and offer some compelling playback experiences as a result. Cerevo developed the LiveWedge which packs an entire television studio complete with green screen, four camera inputs, and live streaming into a box that will cost less than $1000.
Oculus VR and ODG are creating interfaces that allow users to immerse themselves in virtual reality or experience “augmented reality” where data is overlayed over what a user’s eyes may see. Virtuix came up with a 360 degree treadmill to replicate the sensation of walking around virtual worlds.
Combined these developments might not seem significant compared to what’s already available to consumers. But these incremental innovations are going to impact how we interact with each other. The march towards greater accessibility of technology will create new markets for software and make automation more feasible. We will share our experiences in new ways that build understanding and create knowledge.