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18 devices to watch out for in 2015

Posted: 14 Jan 2015     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:CES  IoT  smart  UHDTV  3D 

The International CES never fails to show off interesting items. While most are curiously appealing, others are strange and may leave you scratching your head. Generally, these innovations provide a glimpse of the possibilities consumers might explore in 2015.

If 17 things we found hot, odd and risky at this year's CES were any indications, we see the following trends:

1. Connected devices must take action

IoT devices are everywhere. But connecting devices together is no panacea. Connected devices texting messages to consumers doesn't quite cut it either. Consumers want systems or service providers to not only automate setup processes, but also take action to solve the problems. Call it IoT 1.2.

2. Let the branding campaign begin for UHDTV

New 4K Ultra High Definition TVs were the must-have demo items until 2014 at CES. This year is different. They're going mainstream. Why? TV set manufacturers are no longer pitching "ordinary" 4K UHDTV. They're going "beyond 4K" or "super UHDTV" as value-added products to differentiate one from another. Let the mass-market, branding battle begin.

3. Smartphones define UI

Smartphones continue to define user interfaces for other consumer products. A case in point is the newly launched Android TV, which leverages the smartphone UI with which most consumers have become so familiar. The same goes for the centre-stack UI in new cars.

4. Always on

Always-on listening and vision technologies are getting embedded everywhere from streets and homes to smartphones, ovens and fridges. While consumers see the Orwellian implications of constant monitoring, they can't resist the temptations to see or hear things that wouldn't be on the radar without embedded cameras or microphones.

In the following pages, we showcase 18 items we found hot, odd and risky at this year's CES.

An embedded camera in the fridge

CES 2015

Tablet shows what's inside the fridge

One of the most visible trends at CES, mostly driven by IoT momentum, is the proliferation of appliances and systems equipped with image sensors. This Big Brother fad doesn't exactly make you feel warm and fuzzy, but I found a camera-embedded fridge that tickled my foodie fancy.

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