This year at CES2015 we saw everything from robotic prosthetics to 3D printer doodlers. When it comes to the area of mobile, we saw a trend towards larger phone screens and even bigger tablet screens, but interestingly smaller desktops as these devices start to converge. It seems this year’s CES was all about smart consumer products; smartcars, smartwatches, smarthomes and smart TV.
Amongst the hundred’s of new products unveiled and launched, here were a few of our favourites:
What is it?: An easily hidden waterproof health wearable that acts as a plaster by sticking underneath clothing onto your torso to keep out of the user’s way. With disposable adhesive strips and a rechargeable Bluetooth enabled fitness tracker, AmpStrip can measure and track everything from heart rate, to calories and workout metrics. While you work out the wearable collects your data and sends it to your phone, which is then synced with the app via Bluetooth.
Why we like it: The size of the wearable (3.5” length x 1” width x 1/4” thick) is discrete. One reason Google Glass wasn’t a hit was because users didn’t find it externally appealing; wearables have to fit in realistically with how people dress everyday and the AmpStrip does just that. With adhesive strips that last 3–7 days and the wearable itself being made out of silicon, it’s lightweight and practical for mainstream use.
Why it will make a difference: Google Glass is the perfect example of how the public determines the success of each wearable put into the market; and AmpStrip meets the pragmatic expectations of consumers. While not all of us are ready to wear apparent techie designs and apparel, warming people up with a lightweight, unnoticeable workout wearable is a great place to start.
What is it?: Using Bluetooth, this “power” router can wirelessly charge your electronic devices from 15 feet away. The router has a transmitter which picks up nearby compatible devices and sends signals through its’ embedded chip initiating the charge.
Why we like it: Not only does this router detect which surrounding devices are low on power, but it charges devices no matter what network type they have. That’s right folks — one size fits all; which in the tech world is the best, and most cost-effective, size you can get.
Why we think it could make a difference: While this router’s use brings to mind charging our phones and everyday electronic devices, the WattUp could open doors for the smarthome market, and much more. Since the transmitters can be built into household appliances, such as TVs and refrigerators, this device can assist in charging these things efficiently and wirelessly; painting a realistic future for the smarthome market and its’ appliances. Whether it’s wearables or any kind of smart gadget, the WattUp should be able to charge it — as long as manufacturers are willing to adapt to it.
What is it?: Simple. It’s an Internet streaming service that acts as an app by connecting consumers’ pre-existing devices with live stream television. Users can sign up online, download the app and stream TV channels straight from their mobile screen. For $20 per month and no contract this service is clearly targeted for Millenials who love their mobile phones as much as we do.
Why we like it: Not only did it take awards home from CES for the ‘Best of the Best’, ‘Best Home Theatre’ and ‘Best Software’ but it’s compatible with most cable boxes including iOS and Android. While it’s not exactly the most crazy out-of-the-box idea from CES2015, it’s one that’s already hit digital shelves this month and is a major stepping stone towards incorporating mobile with television; an issue that has created a significant shift in television and advertising industries.
Why we think it could make a difference: As our senior designer, Anthony Prior, discussed in a previous post, “it would be great to see the television tech market introduce a product that we can interact with as much we do our phones”. While SlingTV isn’t exactly that, it’s a step in the right direction; syncing the cable world with the mobile world — just the way Millenials like it. This service will also play in favour for advertisers; people that weren’t watching cable before may start to now that they can access it through their smartphone, giving advertisers the opportunity for extended reach again.
And lastly, the one you’re least likely to see launched: The Mercedes F 015 concept car is a self-driving vehicle that allows any passenger inside control it through the gestures of Leap Motion. It’s based entirely on robotics including LED lights that let you know what the car is ‘thinking’ and can even give pedestrians a signal when it’s safe to cross. While this car is super out there, it’s refreshing to see how Mercedes-Benz caught up with other automakers who are interested in seeing our cars without physical drivers.
Over and out
CES2015 offered innovative products and solutions that tackle problems of both consumers and manufacturers. It introduced technology and opportunities that will affect how we all interact with our surrounding world now and in the future. These products in particular were simple and realistic, yet still technologically innovative. What we found most interesting was how many products acknowledged the stepping-stones and accessories the tech industry needs to see in order for these futuristic dreams to become a reality.
Read more on CES2015 here:
Best of CES2015 Awards, Software: Sling TV (Engadget)
CES2015 Coverage (TechCrunch)
CES2015: A summary of this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (Computer Weekly)
Hands on: Ampstrip is a fitness tracker you stick on like a band aid (Digital Trends)
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