Top Tech of 2016
Once upon a time, the most buzzed about thing at the Consumer Electronics Show was a radio “so small” it could fit on your wrist. This year, there’s a device that uses Artificial Intelligence to detect who’s in the room, and the exact mood they’re in – then plays music selected just for them. A lot has changed since that very first CES in 1967 (including location – first New York, now VEGAS, BABY!) but it still offers the same thrills that keep breathless gadget geeks reaching for their inhalers.
Take that music doo-hickey, for example. The folks who developed Prizm call it the world’s first Artificial Intelligence music player. It claims to recognize the listener and the atmosphere – a party, party for two (wink-wink), feelin-sorry-for-yourself pity party, or whatever – then adapts the music (from streaming services) to best compliment that mood.
It’s just one example of the latest evolution in Intimate AI: personalized devices that allow us humans to have natural (and sometimes scary-real) conversations with machines. But if you’re looking for a more immersive interaction, check out Arkamys; a car audio company that’s driving the newest trend in VR: Multi-Sensory Storytelling. Using Oculus-like gear and super-realistic audio systems (check out the virtual bouncing ball experiment below), the viewer can immerse themselves in a 360-degree game. Arkamys envisions watching sporting events from the vantage point of the referee, or even being inside your favorite sitcom.
But it’s not just about how we communicate with machines. Samsung is pushing the limits of Self-Sustained Systems by doubling down (Vegas, baby!) on its household product experience, pledging to have its entire line connected (see: Internet of Things) by 2020.
Drones will also play a huge roll in building fully automated systems. CES will be lousy with them this year, with the largest number of new drone designs ever unveiled. Most buzz-worthy may be the newest model from Lily Robotics.
The $799 quadcopter is just 2.8 pounds, records video, audio and stills and actually follows the user around by linking to a wristband, making for one hell of a selfie.
Also, expected to make a huge splash at this year’s show is ambient sensor technology; gizmos that connect elements of our daily lives to the internet. There’s Oura, a ring from Finland that uses what its makers claim is “breakthrough miniaturization of body measurement technology” to track everything from your vital signs, to sleep patterns and body temperature.
Downloaded to your smartphone, it puts all data collected into a cool graph and then spits out recommendations for making your life suck a little less—all in a sleek, $279 monochromatic ring your tough, war-hero grandfather would even wear.
Then there’s something called Quell that claims to provide drug-free pain relief in the form of an elasticized band.
Coupled with a smartphone, it uses new technology called ‘wearable intensive nerve stimulation (WINS) to zap nerves and block pain-inducing neuron pulses to the brain. Not for your run-of-the-mill bumps and bruises, Quell is intended to help sufferers of chronic pain from conditions such as, Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis.
Carmakers will also roll out some wild new tech, like BMW’s i8 Spyder concept car (fingers crossed). It was first unveiled at the 2012 Beijing Motor Show, but this version is expected to blow the pants off of the original. Sexy and topless (it’s a convertible), the ramped-up hybrid-powered 1.5 litre engine and battery combo has been rumored for years.
Meanwhile, a Chinese-based upstart is looking to make a splash with its concept car: Faraday Future, a vehicle wrapped in all sorts of mystery. This electric car is said to crush Tesla’s range and recharge rates— and it’s conceptor, Faraday Future, has also expressed interest in autonomous driving tech, which could mean a new, electric-powered self-driving car to dream about in the near future.
With more than 3,600 exhibitors at this year’s blowout, which new gadget or trend will blow minds the most? Who knows? The biggest tech show in the US is sure to forge strong opinions. But that’s what makes January in the desert so exciting. That first CES and its show-stopping “wrist radio” didn’t just revolutionize the radio industry, it started consumer electronics down a road that has brought us here.
No, desert visitor, that’s not a mirage you see…that’s the future.
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Sources: Telegraph.co.uk, Techpp.com, TechRadar.com, MotorAuthority.com, CarScoops.com