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CES 2016 showcased the best in consumer tech

March 31, 2016 / by / 0 Comment
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The annual International Consumer Electronic Show (CES 2016) that took place in Las Vegas featured hundreds of next generation innovations in consumer tech. From sensor technology to virtual reality, the year’s biggest tech event showcased amazing gadgets that could dynamically transform today’s mobile tech industry.

Following the theme, “Create the Inevitable,” tech experts were optimistic about the shift in consumer expectations at this year’s trade show. In a video interview, these tech experts predicted on the abundance of wearables, focus on connected homes and the Internet of things.

According to marketers, each year a different era is witnessed at CES. The first wave saw desktops and computers, while the second wave was about mobile. This year, connected homes, smartphones and wearables continue to make the rounds in consumer tech. Among the most sought-after gadgets were wireless sticks, wearables and increased mobile connectivity.

Featured wearables in this year’s CES included Apple’s smartwatch and Fitbit Blaze, a smartwatch that integrates fitness in a gadget and an app. Aside from monitoring your workout routines, Blaze has a built-in workout routine you can take along with you. The first-ever color touch screen device sells at $200, a price cheaper than the Apple Watch.

Smartphone and mobile connections

Several tech innovations greatly revolved around the use of smartphones such as the Chipolo, a wireless item tracker. The Bluetooth-enabled device is a keychain and can be tracked using your smartphone. In case you end up losing your smartphone, a little shake on the Chipolo will ring your smartphone.

Another smartphone enabled innovation is a mobile app featuring Hyundai’s augmented reality owner’s manual. What the app does is create a live image of your car by pointing it to the part you want to check. The car’s parts show up in an image overlay, and with just a simple tap, the app plays a maintenance video-tutorial or description, USA Today reported.

The profusion in smartphone use, integrated several apps and devices, requires a faultless mobile connection. However, the required ideal network connection is limited by a network operator’s ability to provide strong mobile signals due to infrastructure limitations and restrictions.

Companies have attempted to remedy the problem, but they can only do so much. But that doesn’t mean that the industry for this is hopeless. For instance, a leading mobile technology company, 5BARz International has made waves in India after unleashing its revolutionary radiofrequency-based network extender. The device, which comes in a single plug-and-play unit, is capable of strengthening weak mobile signals within an area of 4,000 square feet. With a pioneering market in India, the device has successfully gained acceptance from top “Tier One” operators.

Internet of Things

Another notable trend in this year’s CES showcased ordinary home appliance capable of being wirelessly connected.

The Samsung Family Hub Fridge contains small webcams built into the Internet-connected fridge door. These cameras allow the consumer to remotely check the fridge’s content, while the outside door contains a 21.5 inch touch sensitive screen display, according to Reuters.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Alessandra Rose Miguel-Descalso is a freelance journalist. She covers a wide range of industries, from music to mining and technology, for global publications.