Although there were numerous technological advances in 2014, experts agree that 2015 will be an even more advanced and exciting year across several markets. This will become even more evident at this year’s Las Vegas-based International Consumer Electronics Show where enough gadgets to fill 35 football fields will be on display.
The event will bring in anywhere from 150,000 to 160,000 professionals who between January 6 and January 8 will unveil all types of technological items. However, there are a number of specific technology trends that consumers, as well as competitors should keep an eye on.
- Connected / Smart Cars – One of the fastest growing markets specific to technology is the automobile industry. At this year’s Electronics Show, 10 automakers will provide information and demonstrations on what are being called “connected” or “smart” cars. For instance, BMW plans to unveil a car that can park minus a driver using a smart-watch controlled, laser guided i3. Examples of other automakers with technologically advanced vehicles include Ford, Audi, General Motors, and Mercedes Benz.
- Wearable Devices – Wearable technology was a huge hit in 2014 and for this year, this area is expected to expand. Although the Apple does not participate in this annual event and the Apple Watch will not be on display, there will be more than 100 booths specific to wearable accessories for devices manufactured by this company. Other devices at the event will include smart watches from other makers, fitness trackers, and even headwear similar to the ever popular Google Glass.
- 4K Televisions – Another huge trend that consumers are excited about is the high-definition television. However, the new 4K televisions are unique in that they offer four times the resolution of traditional TV’s with high-definition. In all, more than 100 models of these televisions that come in a wide range of sizes and styles will be on display from dozens of companies.
- Internet Connection – Probably one of the biggest attractions at this year’s event has to do with the internet. A number of devices will be unveiled designed to connect to the internet, as well as other devices. One area includes home automation systems such as smart door locks, lighting, thermostats, and even beds capable of collecting information as to how an individual sleeps.
- 3D Printers – Another hot technological trend for 2015 is the 3D printer. As the price for this type of printer begins to decline, sales are going up. Even though additional innovative hardware and software is needed to bring the cost of 3D printers down to about $1,500 or lower, many experts believe this will become a reality sometime this year.
- Robotics – There will also be a special section at the event specifically for consumer robotics. This is something that has been marketed for years but thanks to technological advances, it is quickly become a more affordable and realistic option. For instance, the iRobot by Roomba is an industry leader.