So, some of you may know about the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) that took place a few weeks ago. Every year this show is a bright, exciting 3-day long series of presentations on all things Tech. There’s no better way to get a handle on what is coming up on the horizon of technology than paying a bit of attention to the goings-on at the CES.
This year’s gadget-thon certainly lived up to the Las Vegas expo’s reputation as the place to see what’s next in tech, showcasing innovations that will set the tone for the rest of the year and beyond.
The likes of Samsung, Sony, LG and HTC brought their best to the annual consumer electronics gathering, unveiling everything from impossibly thin TVs to accessories that will push forward the most evident trends of technology – Virtual Reality, Wearable Technology, autonomous cars, and so much more.
What follows is a few thoughts on the major developments that interested us at The Brain Mill the most from this year’s CES. Some of the things unveiled will have a direct and positive effect on most everyone in the developed world – including you, our customers.
First off in the area of automobile technology this wild thing was put on full display at the CES:
This is a Toyota concept car to highlight its vision for what cars may look like in 2030. The see-through glass doors look like something out of Star Trek. The wheels are built directly into the body of the car. The exterior and interior is a bright white color. The whole thing is wild. Like something straight out of The 5th Element or the Star Wars prequels. And it seems the future of cars may look super sleek. Let’s see if this vision really comes to be.
This car is not fully autonomous. Let’s see if within 13 years this whole self-driving car thing has fully taken over as many people predict.
Next, let us look at TVs. TVs are awesome, and as a result of this conviction more than one TV will be highlighted in this article. Let’s start with this beauty:
LG ‘Wallpaper’ TV
LG’s new flagship 4K OLED TV is incredibly thin and light. Called the W — for “wallpaper” — it adheres to the wall with magnets. It’s designed to look like you’re watching TV through a window or picture on the wall. It comes in 65-inch and 77-inch options.
This is basically a dream TV. Well, my dream TV anyway. It’s pricey – 8,000 bucks each – but here’s to hoping that price becomes more reasonable over the next 12-24 months.
And outside of that, the fact that the tech has come so far so fast when it comes to the overall viewing experience is amazing. This bodes well for the future of home entertainment. Pretty soon all TVs will be similarly technologically advanced, just give it a few years.
And now, how about helpful robots? Well, at the CES this year one such model was on display which takes the cake in the area:
Sci-fi books and films have been promising service robots as common home mainstays for decades. It looks like technology has finally made good on such promises with this Moro Robot.
The Moro robot does almost all your chores, such as pouring drinks, picking up groceries and folding laundry. At about four feet tall, the white cylindrical robot — with arms but no face or eyes — moves in all directions. The system includes voice and facial recognition technology to take task requests and learn who is commanding it over time. There’s no official launch date, but it comes with a hefty $30,000 price tag.
Okay, what is next? How about Wearable Technology? Wearable technology is set to take over the world in the coming years. And the tech of it is becoming smaller, and less cumbersome by the day. Here’s a couple examples of this revolution in wearable technology.
Motiv Smart Ring
Wearables are everywhere, but the Motiv smart rings packs everything you need into one small package. Unlike other smart rings, such as the Ringly, its focus is fitness. Motiv collects stats like your daily steps, heart rate, goals and distance and pushes that data to your smartphone. And, as shown in the above picture, you can wear it everywhere all the time, as you sleep, in the shower, while swimming, during competitive air guitar competitions – wherever and whenever.
Available in gray or rose gold titanium, this ring looks just like a traditional ring.
It also comes with standalone GPS, so there’s no need to take your phone on runs to track your data. It will cost $200 when it launches in the spring.
I know, I know, many of you recall the Google Glass thing which didn’t take off. Perhaps you snickered a bit when you saw those incredibly few people wearing them around, looking all cross eyed and ashamed in their waste of money.
Then along came Vuzix. Vuzix is determined to succeed where Google Glass failed. The company’s sunglasses pair with Android devices and display what’s on the screen in the right lens. You can watch videos, get directions and read text messages via the small projected image. The glasses can be controlled with your voice or a touch pad on the right stem. The left lens is for snapping photos through its built-in camera. The Vuzix glasses will launch in the second half of 2017. Price is still unknown.
Sony’s $25,000 projector is a pipe dream for most, but it’s hard not to be wowed by what it does. The VPL-VZ1000ES model turns any room into a home theater. The projector weighs in at 77 pounds and can project a 100-inch image onto a wall just six inches away. It’s available for pre-order now and will start shipping it in the spring.
This is another thing which I hope and pray becomes more feasible to get in the coming years. Who doesn’t think it would be amazing to project your favorite action flick on a wall in your home and feel like you’re at your local AMC theatre? The answer is no one.
Okay, I promised another TV. I’m sorry I am so interested in TV. But this amazing piece of brilliance is particularly, well, brilliant!
Bravia’s New A1E 4k TV
Considering how many TVs were at CES this year, it was hard to stand out from the crowd. But Sony’s new TV for its flagship Bravia line actually looks pretty great. It’s a 4K HDR OLED TV that Sony is calling the A1E series. The TV has an edge-to-edge design and is stand-less — meaning it sits directly on the ground and has a back leg that it leans against. This also means it doesn’t have speakers. But this is where it gets so, so cool: Sony says that sound will come from the screen itself using new technology it is calling Acoustic Surface. For the first time ever a separate speaker system won’t be required. The vibrations will emit from the screen itself. Truly mind-blowing.
And those are the highlights of the CES that we saw. But there were hundreds of other gadgets and technological breakthroughs on display at this show. Things stretching from automotive tech, myriad boundary-pushing drones, medical aids for people who’ve suffered strokes, state-of-the-art baby carriages, and so much more.
The future of technology is bright and exciting. We are going through the greatest era of technological advancement in human history.
It’s hard to fathom that we are in a Golden Age, but we truly are. And as always, we at the Brain Mill will be here to help all of you move into new levels of tech stability and understanding, as well as be there to share our endless enthusiasm for Tech trends as they unfold.