The CES (Consumer Electronics Show) is one of the most awaited annual events where brands and manufacturers showcase their new offerings. This extravagant show, held in Las Vegas, offers a rich plethora of innovative devices and technologies which really take the tech world by storm. Not only do these products indicate the current developments that are occurring in technology, it also indicates the direction of further developments that would come.
Here are the top 4 technology trends that were revealed at CES this year.
Advent of Smart watches
If you have been to CES this year, or even if you have seen the pics, you would have found that smartwatches and wearables were rather prominent throughout the show. There was not one or two, but many manufacturers that had come up with amazing smartwatch like devices. Amongst others was LG’s new watch which interesting let go of android and chose Palm’s webOS platform over the former. This shows a slow but important trend where the so-called monopoly of Android is being broken.
LG also brought out a smartwatch called the LG Audi which can be used to control cars manufactured by Audi. The controls include the ability to start the car, open and lock the doors, modify the climate controls and even drive the car for a short distance. Now this particular feature would make anyone feel like James Bond.
Self-Driving Cars to be a Real Possibility in the Near Future
Many car manufacturers showcased some brilliantly designed high tech car models that have the ability to self-drive. This was one of the most interesting aspects of the entire event because the cars of today only have certain assistance features, but not a completely self-drive feature, especially not on a commercial scale. Delphi Drive has come up with a self-drive system and this was probably the only self-driving systems to be revealed. Other manufacturers showcased upgrades in their cars, especially in the entertainment systems.
Bendable Media Devices
Samsung had unveiled an 85 inch bendable television during last year’s CES, but this was more of a concept prototype. This year, the company has decided to take things to a whole new level by adding another 20 inches to this behemoth and ensuring a commercial launch for this huge bendable television. No confirmations have been received on the price, but this product is all set to be shipped to stores worldwide during Q2, 2015. Don’t expect this to be easy on your pocket because technology comes with a heavy price.
One of the most popular devices to be revealed at CES is the LG G Flex 2 smartphone. This is a one of a kind device that sports a curved design and has a “self-healing” feature. The healing feature refers to a special polymer based back panel which recovers from scratches on its own. Moreover the curved design is said to be more durable as it allows the device to bend under pressure and this causes less damage which would have otherwise resulting in irreversible damage to the device if it had a standard form design.
4K and UHD Televisions Are Becoming Affordable
Super high resolution televisions are not new to the tech world, but the thing that made a huge difference in CES this year was the affordability of these media devices. Yes, this time both 4k and UHD televisions have become affordable without compromising their excellent display features.
Apart from price drops for these brilliant televisions, video streaming platforms like Netflix and Amazon were put in charge of 4k content. TV manufacturer Roku announced that it would ensure that ultra HD content becomes a priority for all future television models of the brand. Now I know that most of you are not clear about UHD and 4K resolution. I am sure you won’t even understand the difference if you are shown samples of both.
4k has a resolution of (4096 x 2160) while UHD has a resolution of (3840 x 2160). It is clearly evident that 4k is higher than UHD in terms of resolution but the difference is not quite large. 4k is actually the current standard for cinema production and professional video creation. UHD, on the other hand, is gradually gaining momentum as the new ultra high definition standard for broadcast television and consumer displays. While both refer to extremely high (almost next-gen) display resolutions, debating about them would be similar to comparing HD DVD and Blu-Ray.
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