CES 2018: 3 Trends to Watch
With the holidays out of the way we’re into every tech nerd’s favourite time of year: CES week. The Consumer Electronics show, or CES, is a 5-day tech convention in Las Vegas where tech manufacturers large and small showcase their latest innovations. Over the years, the show has grown exponentially to become the largest of its kind, drawing 4,000 exhibitors and 180,000 attendees. It’s the place where tech giants and innovative startups announce and show off their most exciting projects, setting the tone for the upcoming year in tech. I’ve attended the show for many years now and I’m always excited to see what it has in store. This year, I’m keeping an eye on a few tech trends:
1. Smart Home
Smart home technology has come a long way over the years with innovations in almost every area in your home. With smart refrigerators that let you know when it’s time to stock up on certain items, thermostats that give you greater control over the temperature in your home and your power consumption and kitchen gadgets that can be controlled remotely from mobile devices, it’s now a matter of finding ways to seamlessly control all your smart home devices and have them communicate with each other. Over the past year, we’ve seen Google and Amazon leap into this arena with Google Home and Amazon Echo. These devices have brought us one step closer to the future, offering voice commands and integration with a range of smart home devices.
With all this progress in smart home technology, I’m excited to see what CES will have in store for us this year. I’ll definitely be keeping my eye out for new smart home gadgets, virtual assistants, and even routers that deliver better performance to keep all those smart home devices working at their best.
While I don’t get to spend as much time as I once did playing video games, I still really enjoy taking in all that CES has to offer in this area. This year, immersive experiences, such as those offered by VR headsets, are on my radar. Immersive gaming has come a long way, with devices becoming more powerful and more affordable. In addition to devices that offer immersive gaming, I’m really excited to see the innovations in controllers and computing in this area. Last year, we saw items such as VR shoes that allow you to take your high kicking karate moves into your favourite games or exercise programs. I’m excited to check out more of these gadgets at this year’s show.
Immersive gaming experiences require a lot of computing power to run seamlessly, so I’m always keeping an eye out for what PC manufacturers have to offer at CES. Last year, we saw some powerful devices from companies like Acer with their Predator laptop and MSI with their One VR backpack. I can’t want to see what this year will bring when it comes to gaming computers.
Drones might not be for everyone but they are really cool! Every year, I spend a significant amount of time in the Drone Zone at CES, where manufacturers such as DJI and Parrot never disappoint. These companies are constantly innovating to offer faster drones, improved on-board cameras, and better controllers. In fact, they’re doing such a good job of improving these gadgets that a new sport with its own leagues and tournaments has cropped up. If you’re not familiar with drone racing, give it a quick search on YouTube!
In addition to camera and racing drones, there’s often something unexpected in the drone area. Last year, we saw the first passenger drone, designed to carry a single passenger up to 112 kilometres. Who knows what we’ll find in the Drone Zone this year!
We’ll be keeping an eye on these trends and more at this year’s show and Staples Canada will be bringing it all to you via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and this blog. Keep an eye out and let us know what tech trends you’re interested in.