This video shows the best of the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), from the latest gadgets to future technology, clipped together from what is trending on YouTube. There was no shortage of flat, curved, and even bendable Ultra HD TVs. That’s right Ultra HD, which means 4K. So, your shiny new 1080p HDTV you bought this year or last is already outdated, and will officially be eclipsed by 4K at the end of 2015. Another technology that died is 3D (with glasses), although Samsung showed off a 3D glassesless 8K TV that looked nice, but is no where close to coming to market.
Another hot topic this year was new technology for automobiles. Driverless cars, wireless charging, automatic crash avoidance, laser headlights, OLED tailights, and being able to summon your car via smartwatch were just a few of the headlines. Also cool, but way too far out was the Mercedes unveiling of the F 015 driverless luxury car prototype. Meanwhile, BMW showed some nice advancements coming much sooner.
Health tracking chips were seen embedded in almost anything you wear — watches, necklaces, bracelets, earphones. Plus every product instantly became “smart” this year. There were smart bags, smart yoga mats, smart watches, smart light bulbs, smart TVs, smart appliances, smart cars, but do smart people really need this stuff?
Every since Beats conquered the headphone market, everyone company seems to think they’re in the headphone business too. Headphones galore is all I can say, with Bluetooth (wireless) headphones being the hot ticket right now. In addition, Bluetooth has taken over the portable speaker market too. So many Bluetooth speakers were spotted it was difficult to figure out who was copying who. The iPod speaker dock is officially a bye-gone, along with Apple’s proprietary AirPlay.
Finally, the drones have officially invaded CES this year. Strap a GoPro camera on them and anyone can become an instant aerial filmmaker or photographer. Taking a selfie via drone will be all the rage soon, just wait! But I liked the “follow-me” drones, which require no flying capability. Just launch it, and let it tail as your perform amazing feats of brilliance, just don’t outrun it.
And if technology was not already confusing enough, there were new buzzwords this year. Most of the techno jargon comes from Samsung. There was Quantum Dot Technology, which is a method to make LCD TVs look better than ever before. SUHD is short for Samsung Ultra HD. HDR is high-dynamic range, meaning more vibrant colors. Then there is the Internet of Things (IoT), which puts ever device on the Internet so they can be controlled, monitored, updated, and function from anywhere. Very soon, you’re toaster will be interrupting your Netflix movie, while it downloads an update and re-orders bread from Amazon. I can’t wait!