The start of a new year guarantees two things: New Year’s Resolutions and the gathering of the biggest names in technology at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), held annually in Las Vegas.
CES is a massive show, bringing together thousands of exhibitors covering more than 2 million square feet of exhibit space. Over the course of four days, exhibitors—ranging from car makers to home improvement stores—display new consumer products and technological concepts.
Several top tech trends emerged from this year’s show. To get you up to speed on all things CES 2015, we’ve compiled the top three trends coming out of this year’s show.
Internet of Things
The Internet of Things and smart home technology were proudly on display at CES 2015. Connected products for the home included a smart bed, appropriately named SleepIQ™, for kids, that alerts parents in real time when children are having trouble sleeping; a frontload washer and dryer from Whirlpool that features Nest technology; and the Misfit Bolt, a smart LED bulb that can change colors on command using a compatible mobile app.
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Another notable connected device featured at CES is a piece of technology most of us already own—cars. Inc.com summarized the advances in smart car technology at CES best when they said, “Your next car will be more computer than transportation device.” One of the new cars on display was the new BMW i8. The car features its own Internet connection, putting GPS, radio streaming services and access to social media at the driver’s fingertips. The car also comes equipped with a display that projects the console screen onto the windshield so drivers never need to take their eyes off of the road to look at the GPS, change the radio station or answer an incoming call.
Wearable devices were one of the most prominent product categories spotlighted at the show. The new iFit duo device is a smart watch that stores data from a user’s treadmill, bike and elliptical workouts. Popular wearable maker Fitbit also introduced a new activity tracker—the Fitbit Surge—that tracks physical activity, includes GPS functionality and utilizes optical heart-rate sensors.
Wearable devices now do more than just count steps, heart rate and calories burned. Skulpt’s Aim takes fitness tracking a step further by wirelessly measuring the fat percentage and muscle quality of an individual muscle.
Pets can now enjoy wearable devices created just for them, such as Tractive’s Motion for dogs. Similar to fitness trackers intended for human use, the Tractive Motion detects how much movement your dog is logging, along with environmental factors that could affect your pup’s behavior, such as ambient light and temperature information.
These products and trends are just a sampling of the wide range of connected technology on display at CES 2015. However, one common thread nearly all of the technology on display at CES had in common was connectivity. The products we use as consumers today and tomorrow will use the Internet in some way, shape or form. With a high-speed connection from Frontier, you will be ahead of the trend and ready to enjoy the new connected devices coming soon.