What is Happening?
At CES 2015 in Las Vegas, January 6-9, 150,000 attendees from 140 countries participated in a conference program with 250 sessions and viewed the exhibits of more than 3,000 manufacturers, developers and suppliers of consumer technology hardware, software, content and delivery systems. Because CES is owned and produced by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), and represents the $208 billion U.S. consumer electronics industry, it attracts not only the merely curious, but also business leaders, buyers, distributors, and technology developers to a forum where innovation is top-of-mind. This year, in addition to consumer entertainment products, saw an explosion of offerings for the Internet-of-Things (IoT).
Why is it Happening?
This year’s CES Innovation follows the proliferation of platforms and dev kits released over the past few years. In 2014 gaming, smart watches, 4K, and curved screen and bendable screen TVs drove the excitement, while platforms and development kits lurked in the background. In this year’s show, in addition to personal, wearable and entertainment tech, the real innovation emerged, for the most part, from the Smart Home and Car Tech spaces, enabled by platforms and development kits from Apple, Google, Microsoft, and others, building on Bluetooth, WIFI and Cloud standards.
Synergy drives innovation, and there was no lack of it at CES in Las Vegas. Cameras, locks, control devices, and gateways plus Bluetooth or WIFI linked to the Cloud gave rise to a plethora of Smart Home solutions. Sensors, plus Bluetooth- or WIFI-and-Cloud-enhanced drones with or without cameras – and cars with and without drivers. Continue reading