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What trends does this year’s Consumer Electronic Show, the world’s largest showcase of technology innovations, feature that will be most disruptive?
We take a look at the CES conference, and provide insight on what technologies are poised to make waves in the future.
The Era of Wearable
Though Samsung and Sony’s smartwatches have failed to catch on in a big way thus far, both Apple and Google are predicted to release their own wristbands this upcoming year – with Google’s likely in the summer, and Apple’s in the fall, according to Quartz.
At CES, it is clearer than ever that rather than waning, wearable innovations are on the uptake in popularity. Many of these products are appearing in the form of fitness bands that use advanced sensor technology to track wearers’ motion, time, and activities.
It’s not only fitness bands that are utilizing modern technology to better users’ health. The Guardian points to a number of other gadgets featured at CES, including one that helps users sleep, a smart toothbrush that aids dental hygiene, sunburn detectors, and blood pressure monitors.
The Boston Globe estimates that the fitness technology market will grow to as much as $8 million in revenue by 2018, as consumer interest grows.
Thus far, there has been CES buzz over Samsung’s bendable TV, 4K “ultra-high-definition” TV streaming, and OTT systems, or the delivery of audio and video through the Internet (via sites like Netflix) rather than purchases from an ISP.
According to ABI research, OTT revenue will expand by 27% between now and 2018, and is causing pay-TV operators to go “multiscreen” by offering content online.
Similarly, we can expect to continue see change as more and more people lease their music from subscription based radio and online music streaming services rather than buying mp3s, and of course some exciting new gaming technology – like PlayStation’s console-free gaming system.
While MakerBot’s newly unveiled mini 3D printer is not exactly cheap at over a grand in price, the aim is to bring 3D printing to a larger audience by making it easier to use, cheaper, and available in schools.
As 3D printing patents expire, the technology will be available to other companies later in 2014 – which could cause the trend to explode.
MakerBot has also unveiled a mammoth 3D printer capable of printing large objects up to 18 inches in size. While 3D printers may not become commonplace just yet, websites such as the Harvard Business Review, Forbes, and AlterNet predict it will make waves in fields such as food, medicine, electronics, and military in coming years.
While it’s difficult to say which of these tech innovations will stick and which will fade into obscurity, we have a feeling that we’ve pinpointed some promising areas. So when, in the future, you’re able to print yourself a fitness watch that you can watch TV and game on – don’t say we didn’t see it coming.
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