For individuals who want to commence the new year with a new gear, there certainly are new tech trends to expect in 2016 as the annual tech convention kicks off early January. The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) will showcase thousands of latest technologies from various companies – gamers, automakers, and everything in between. But, which ones have the head start to come out as breakout successes?
New Tech Trends To Keep An Eye On
Towards the end of 2015, Amazon has introduced a voice command device (VCD), called Echo, which they started developing in 2010. This wireless, cylindrical speaker connects to the Internet through Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. By default, it responds to the name, Alexa. Like Siri of the iPhone series, users can interact with Alexa by asking questions. One unique thing that Alexa could do is to place or add orders on Amazon. Currently, Echo is sold at $175. Jordan Crook, a senior writer at TechCrunch, told CNBC that, “Right now there’s a million different connected gadgets you can put in your home, on your wrist, and they’re all connected to Wi-Fi, but they all require a different kind of portal to use them or interact with them. Smart devices like the Echo, Apple’s Siri and Google’s Now “allow you to interact with all of these devices and that’s going to make or break the industry in a lot of ways.”
Hoverboards and Self-Driving Cars
Hoverboards aren’t a new thing for 2016. These devices gained wide popularity across the world in 2015; however, the name hoverboard is a misnomer, considering that this gadget stays on the ground and doesn’t hover above it. The use of hoverboards has both been encouraging and discouraging with the fun it brings and the dangers associated with it. The United State’s Consumer Product Safety Commission told CNN Money that the usage of hoverboards have caused collision accidents, and some of these gadgets bursted into flames. With the dangers that hoverboards put their users into, some retailers like Target and Amazon have yanked particular brands from their catalogue and inventory. So in the upcoming CES, these types of hoverboards will not be exhibited; however, ArcaSpace will showcase a hoverboard that literally hovers above the ground. This device costs $19,900.
Google self-driving car would be on CES, but people can’t expect driverless cars to be hitting the road anytime soon. Crook wants consumers to lower their expectations. “If we’re talking about getting into the car, laying back and watching a movie on your iPad, that’s not going to happen in 2016.” However, Crook added that carmakers will definitely continue improving automation. Tesla, being the pioneer in this front, has a semi-autonomous car, that can auto-steer, keep a safe speed, and change lanes by tapping the turn signal. Crook continued, “I think the big question is – will a big tech company win this car race or will an automaker win it? Because we have Google and Apple working on same stuff [that] BMW and Audi are working on.”
Virtual Reality Headsets
According to the research conducted by CES, the sales for these gadgets are expected to reach $ 1.2 million in 2016. This a 500% increase from 2015. As expected, some giant companies like Samsung, are leading the way. Samsung Gear is a headset that’s currently priced at $99. Sony and HTC are also expected to showcase their own virtual reality headsets in 2016. Dana Wollan, Engadget’s Managing Editor said, “I don’t think [virtual reality] will become mainstream exactly, I don’t think everyone will have virtual reality headsets, but it will at least enter the lexicon for a lot of mainstream people.” During our trip to CES we got some promo wristbands.