Last week, the annual Consumer Electronics Show–formally known as International CES–took place in Las Vegas, Nevada. The show, which began in 1967, brings together leaders in electronics and technology worldwide to display their latest and greatest developments.
Many of the topics we’ve discussed in previous blog posts were at the forefront of this year’s CES displays. Perhaps the biggest development in 2014 was discussed in one of our first blog posts, the “Internet of Things”, the concept of bringing web connectivity to any device for remote access.
This year’s show also saw several companies bringing supercomputers to cars– which are expected to be the precursor to self-driving vehicles. However, with the safety concerns associated with the new autopilot systems, experts believe that cars that drive themselves will not be mass produced until the safety issues are resolved.
Meanwhile, virtual reality simulations are refining their technologies, enabling predictions to real life scenarios. While Oculus VR and its Rift headset earned more sales than any of its competitors, the virtual reality system market is becoming more saturated with several companies trying to develop more advanced virtual reality systems.
Drones are also becoming more and more prevalent and useful. These robots have been shown to be particularly useful in warehouses and shipping where they can easily take inventory, easing the burden on warehouse managers.
In addition to the “Internet of Things”, supercomputers in cars, the newest virtual reality systems and the prevalence of drones, consumers are also responding to the newest 4K TVs, also known as an UltraHD TV. These televisions have a picture quality that is four times greater than that of a traditional high definition television. Improving television picture quality is something that can be appreciated by any consumer–fans of reality TV, movies, sports, and more will all benefit. The biggest obstacle for these television manufacturers is producing or having content available in the highest picture quality so the results can be appreciated by the consumer. This is one of the big issues electronics giant Samsung faces as it looks to release a TV with picture quality nearing 8K TV, or 16 times the pixels of a traditional high definition television.
All things considered, the Makerbot 3D printer may have been the star of the show at the Consumer Electronics Show. This printer uses plastic film rolls to generate 3D models that are created using a computer program. These models can give builders and designers in any industry a more accurate representation of what their finished products will look like.
In all, the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show was just a sneak peek into things to come in the future. While some question how quickly these items will become mainstream, with technology the future is always right around the corner. One day soon, you too may be able to build a 3D model of your remotely controlled 4K TV.