This year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) has wrapped up, and there are a few important categories that are really going to hit their stride this year.
New Technology – for the Time
When I was younger, it was cool to get excited about new technology.
Back then, the Vortek V3, an arcade-style game with a virtual reality (VR) helmet was astounding. I remember trying it, swinging the helmet (and me) around with the handles and experiencing the best commercially available VR available then.
Or consider the Christmas my father-in-law bought everyone remote-controlled helicopters. Drones were a dream back then. The unpredictable nature of multiple blades (and copters) in our rented cabin was too much. We crashed most of them, due to our excitement and inexperience.
This year’s CES was amazing as usual, no matter your favorite industry. Everything is getting smarter and more connected. Want a smart kitchen gardens? You got it. Interested in smart speakers? No problem. Smart beds, refrigerators, and vacuums? Yep, they were there.
If you’re living the visual lifestyle, there were three categories at CES you’ll want to watch in 2017:
- Drones: If you think these became more popular last year, just wait. The number of drones, pilots, and applications will increase a lot this year. For the time being, let’s set aside flying ambulances, airport safety drones, and drone pizza delivery. Most drone use, especially by amateurs, will involve both photos and video. With that, get ready to see things from different angles, at different speeds, and from different perspectives than you’ve ever seen them before. Not so long ago, if you wanted an aerial photo of your home or business, you had to hire a helicopter or small plane. That’s just no longer true.
- Virtual Reality: The VR industry us exploding. Cameras and headsets, and companies that make them, are increasing rapidly. Last year was the first big conversion of VR headsets from technological possibility to consumer product. Their sales, brands, styles, and functions will increase this year. Here is a short list of possibilities:
- Eye-hand VR
- Drawing and animating
- VR without goggles
- Larger fields of view
- 360 degree photography, videography, and movies, including 3D
- Body and motion tracking
- Smart Glasses: This is different from VR. You can’t walk down the street wearing VR goggles. Smart glasses let you see and interact with the world around you. Most smart glasses perform some additional function (think phone calls, photos and videos, or GPS). And while previous versions of smart glasses (Google Glass and Snap Spectacles) have been both fun and exciting, I’m really looking forward to one particular version called PogoTec. It’s photo/video enabled eyewear that’s stylish, simple, and easily customized. Check out this post for more information.
I could write an entire year’s worth of posts about the technology at this year’s CES. But for the overall view of what categories have the most momentum, these are the technologies that I expect will grow a lot this year.
Keep your eyes open – as technologies continue to hit the market, I’ll continue to give you updates.
Question: What do you think this year’s biggest technological hit will be? please let me know in the comments below.
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