CES, one of the world’s biggest tech shows, has attracted record crowds to Las Vegas.
This year was all about being connected, with everything from Smart Wallets, 3D printing, wearables and much more.
This edition’s buzzword: the Internet of Things. But what does it mean?
“When we say “The Internet of Things” we are often talking about the ways in which, say, your thermostat interacts with your car. And we’re starting to see a lot of that at this show, a lot of connected homes, a lot of connecting the home with the car, with the garage, with the sprinkler. That’s “the Internet of Things” for the consumer,” says Lindsey Turrentine, editor-in-chief of the tech review, CNet.
Today’s world presents more and more devices aimed at offering consumers “smart homes”, where doors open and lights turn on automatically, and clever kitchens where everything is done via the Internet.
There are also drones, lots of them, with manufacturers betting on the fact that drone fever will remain high for a while yet. The show was an opportunity for them to present innovative features that should make drones smaller, cheaper and expand the possibilities of what a consumer can do with them.
And if 3D printing is your thing, CES was the place to be, with twice as many vendors as last year, showing off different types of 3D printing devices in all shapes and sizes, including food printers and 3D-printed outfits.
“Last year’s 3D printing was very much in the concept phase, had a very limited range of applications,” said technology analyst Scott Steinberg. “Now, what you’re seeing is 3D printing moving to a space where you can create everyday household items, where you can create all sorts of things that you might use around your home as opposed to simply those that might be novelties or for techies alone.”
With plenty of models demoed live on the show floor, from chess sets to jewellery, there seems to be no end to applications for 3D printers.