Next week marks the beginning of The 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) In Las Vegas. CES is the worlds largest gadget conference, where the big and small names of the tech world gather to show off their newest toys. The 2013 show seems to be all about innovation through integration, prepare for a world where your phone can turn on your oven while streaming Homeland wirelessly to your smart TV. The gear will be cool, it will be new, and it will probably be too expensive for most of us to afford.
Lets take a look at five of the leading tech trends that will dominate this years event.
Small Tech and Big Start-ups
The newbies on the floor this year will be fighting for attention for the first time, and it looks like they will be shaking things up. CES 2013 has attracted exhibitors from some of the leading small-cap technology companies and start-ups. Companies like Leap Motion and Razer are bringing new gear and gadgets with lots of buzz and big budgets.
While at the same time, brand new companies like Pebble are shaking things up with new ideas for gizmoz and gadgets, bringing the entrepreneurial spirit back to the showroom floor.
Tablets and Touchscreens
The tablets are in abundance this year, with all the big names competing for a market space that did not exist just a few years ago. The buzz this year seems to be surrounding the new “hybrid” tablets release by Windows and a few other companies. Although a hybrid laptop / tablet is not a new idea, the delivery has never been more sexy and cost effective for manufactures and consumers. The verdict is still out whether the hybrid tablet / laptop concept will take off, but Microsoft is hoping that CES 2013 will put their new “Surface” devices one step closer to winning over public opinion.
Cars With Brains
I recently had the pleasure of driving a 2012 Mercedes SUV, she talks to you, warns you when people are in your blind spot, and even corrects the steering if you swerve on the highway. The world of car tech has come so far, but in recent history, the premium tech has only been included in the highest end models and brands. It seems that this year will mark the point where motor-vehicle gadgets are slowly being integrated into much more affordable models.
Ford, Toyota, Hyundai, Audi and several others will be showing off their new smart car wizbangs, and like I said earlier, the trend this year will focus on integration. Smartphone syncing, internet ready, self navigating vehicles will be the standard of the not-so-distant future. Much of the technology that will dominate the market over the next ten years will be shown to the public for the first time next week at CES 2013.
TVs Going Rouge
As always, new models of smarter, brighter, and fancier televisions will dominate the showroom of CES. Many manufactures are trying to come out on top in the ongoing fight for TV market share. The front lines of this battle will be drawn at CES 2013. TV gadget lovers will certainly have enough to keep their attention, but the real story here is the dramatic shift from traditional Television sets to mobile content delivery devices and systems.
Once again, integration seems to be driving the current trend in television content delivery. So you have a smartphone and a smart TV, shouldn’t you be able to deliver content to and from both devices? That’s the logic currently influencing the development of new technology. People are no longer content to sit in front of a couch and watch their shows at prime time. Consumers of today want their content anywhere, anytime, and they want to be able to text, tweet, and surf the web while watching it. The dominant theme in TV tech at CES 2013 will be providing solutions to this demand.
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