It is well known that what happens in Las Vegas stays in Las Vegas. That is, of course, unless you’ve been trapped under a rock because when it came to CES 2015, nothing stayed a secret.
The myriad of news from CES didn’t trickle out slowly but hit us like a tidal wave. CES 2015 covered everything in tech, and nothing was left behind. Throughout the show floor we saw products ranging from smart home to drones, wearables and beyond. Let’s quickly recap some of the biggest products and trends that hit the floor this year:
Smart Home: The idea that all the autonomous appliances in your home should be able to communicate freely and be controlled remotely was indisputable this year. The wine cooler talked to the washing machine, the fridge and stove become best friends and in control of them all was a mobile device of your choice. Every major company at CES demonstrated some sort of smart home device from the simplistic such as a wifi security system to a pot plant that can water itself via your phone. Qualcomm showcased a complete smart home in the form of a hotel room where attendees could play with the devices using qualcomm tech. Smart Home was undoubtedly one of the most important themes at CES this year.
Auto: As mobile began to gain dominance over the last few years, automakers have started to capitalize on the technology within their vehicles to create a “wow” factor beyond car design or performance. Several companies were on hand this year showcasing concept or new model cars. Audi and BMW showcased self driving cars that can operate with or without a driver.
BMW, in particular, setup a literal crash course and dared conference goers to attempt to crash the vehicle. As expected (and thankfully), nobody succeeded.
Audi integrated wearables with its latest sedans incorporating all the features of a remote starter into a WebOS powered smartwatch. Over the next couple year we can expect to see cars controlled completely by mobile and key fobs that are touch based with full LED displays.
Wearables: Before we dive into this one, we will just say they were everywhere. It is as if nobody dared to show up at the conference without one for fear of being left behind when this market explodes. Wearable tech at the conference went above and beyond the synonymous smartwatch. We were able to see rings, belts, jewellery and even shoe in-soles that had mobile connectivity each with their own distinctive features. Wearable technology has moved far beyond a simple pedometer or the ability to read your text messages, the products showcased at CES went far beyond what we thought wearables could do.
CES 2015 has been a fun time for everyone at Plastic Mobile. The conference provided us with content to discuss and surprise other co-workers with. As CES 2015 draws to a close we look forward to seeing all the mobile tech and developments from the conference become a consumer reality this year.