The worlds largest consumer technology event is opening its doors in Las Vegas. Heres what to expect
When the Consumer Electronics Show first opened in 1967, it featured simply 14 vendors and was dominated by televisions. Sony launched their first VCR there three years later, and, in the 1980 s, Nintendo debuted its first games entertainment system on the prove floor.
This year, 3,200 vendors will take over Las Vegas for a week for the technology industrys pre-eminent trade demonstrate, offering the clearest window into a future in which everything, from your cleaning machine to your bra, has a computer chip. And there really is a vendor pitching a smart bra.
Through the massive foyers, entrepreneurs show off experimental contraptions of the future; firms have daisies with their latest mega-offerings, and small day vendors hawk trendy gifts. Last year, that would be selfie sticks; this year, hoverboards.
Cars have remained largely unchanged for the last hundred years, but in the last few months, the race to build a self-driving auto and to perfect electric vehicle technology has truly begun. The competition that started in Silicon Valley with Google and Tesla has now galvanized Detroit behemoths like Ford, General Motor and Chrysler. Expect new technology to be unveiled around cars all week from both upstart companies and familiar names.
The tech around VR, which even die-hard fans had largely given up on, has taken off since Facebook bought Oculus last year. This year, with proclamations from HTC, Sony and Oculus, the tech is find another leaping toward being something consumers can afford and actually use. As for those working employs: its for more than only porn, but porn might be first. Then gaming.
Sitting at computers all day is killing us, we know that. And we hope that gadgets that prod us into activity can reverse that. So far, health trackers havent taken off, with retention rates for most step-counting wristbands falling dramatically after a few months. But as the tech around smartwatches and health-aware clothing get lighter, smarter and more fun, that might change. The key will be making health tracking fun( just as Slack has gamified work communication to great success ). Maybe the makers of the XBoxKinect can attain workouts fun with their new MyCloudTag app or Fossils Misfit health tracker can construct them sexy.