At 4 months away, the excitement for the Consumer Electronics Show is starting to brew. Affectionately referred to as the Super Bowl of Technology, manufacturers, exhibitors, reporters, analysts, buyers, and celebrities already have CES on the brain. With only a few days left for free registration #CES2015, our email is filling-up with registration news, hotel deals and bloggers speculating over what will be hot.
For over 40 years, companies have used CES to debut their new products, showcasing innovation and thought leadership in their respective fields. I saw my first HDTV in Las Vegas in 1998. My first Xbox in 2001, first 3D HDTV in 2009. In 2010 we saw a proliferation of tablets, netbooks and android devices. 2011 was the start of smart appliances and connected TVs. Last year we saw many more connected devices, smart appliances, electric cars and wearables that promised always-connected, easy to manage lives.
The Internet of Things (IoT) has gained significant momentum since CES 2014. The name refers to the concept that physical objects can communicate with each other through a global system of interconnected computer networks, sensors and devices all using Internet protocol. Many predict that 2015 will have over 6 billion devices connected to the Internet.
So what will CES 2015 bring?
More Internet connected devices for sure. Cisco is sure to progress on their vision of “The Internet of Everything” (IoE). Samsung, GE and LG most certainly will have plenty of smart TVs and appliances. Will my fridge tap into my smart phone’s GPS and text me when I’m in Whole Foods to remind me I’m out of OJ? That would be cool.
What’s fun about CES is you never know what you will discover. A trek on the CES floor, and it becomes readily apparent that those far-fetched sci-fi concepts aren’t so far-off. As our lives become entrenched with intelligent devices that openly communicate with each other, the ideas are endless. Today, over 90% of us move between multiple devices to accomplish a goal. Imagine what the future will bring when we are surrounded with smart devices.
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