Las Vegas—the jewel of the Mojave Desert, the nation’s gambling capital, top tourist destination, and a countless backdrop to spontaneous nuptials. It’s also the annual home of one behemoth of a convention sprawling across the city’s top hotels—the Consumer Electronics Show (or, with industry parlance, CES).
Top CES Trends
Every year tech companies, retail buyers, service providers, media and public relations folk gather from all over the world to bear witness to the latest trends in consumer electronics—as well as what’s to come in the New Year. And this year was no exception, with companies from Samsung and Chevy to Oculus and LG. And a lot of drones.
Every year, CES is looking more and more like the Detroit Auto Show, with this year deploying more floor space to car manufacturers than any other industry. We’ve seen innovations in dashboard designs (read: looking more like an iPad) from BMW and auto suppliers like Visteon and Rinspeed Etos, as well as the usual concept car unveiling. Volkswagen turned heads with BUDD-e and Chevy’s making electric the new black with the Chevy Bolt, a fully electric car with a 200-mile-per-charge range at the mainstream palatable price of $30,000. We could devote an entire blog post on cars at CES, but we’ll stop ourselves here.
Virtual reality was another hot ticket item. VR stole the day with notable presences from HTC, Oculus and Sony’s own PlayStation VR. VR’s cousin, Augmented Reality (AR), also shouldn’t be forgotten—with Intel featuring the Daqri Smart Helmet during its keynote address, AR is bound to drastically affect the work environment as the technology is refined.
And, of course, there were the drones, with this year cementing the fact that the technology is here to stay. They’re getting harder, bigger, faster, stronger—and better batteries. The one drone that really stood out, though, was the Ehang 184—a drone fit to ferry a human passenger around town. What a time to be alive!