This year’s Consumer Electronics Show was no doubt about Ultra HD TVs with resolution of 4 times that of 1080p, OLED technology on TVs, mirror link smartphone-car integration, NFC (Near Field Communication) as well as various exercise trackers and monitoring systems.
The world’s largest Ultra HD TV was made by Samsung. World’s first big screen OLED TV was made by LG. Vizio made Ultra HD LED Smart TV that are to be affordable.
There have never been so many variations of portable computers as we see today. With touch-screen technology and new Windows 8 operating system, we see new formats breaking the ground daily and the public follows. The interest in portable computing has skyrocketed to new levels. In most industrial countries over half the population already has a smartphone with web browsing capability. Asus presented a All-in-One dual-booting desktop solution which is a Jelly Bean tablet that becomes a desktop once inserted in a dock. Soon we will no doubt see home or enterprise solutions of smartphone based desktop replacement. Noisy fans may soon be replaced with jet cooling. Perceptual computers will tap into your numerous senses to interact with you on entirely different level.
Many tablets and smartphones are already NFC (Near Field Communication) capable, which means that you can simply tap that Samsung Galaxy SII Plus on your NFC ready TV and the two become paired and ready to stream and share. Same technology is already applied using Visa payWave and MasterCard PayPass for simple payment solutions. LG has showcased their new smart refrigerators which using NFC recommend food recipes from what you actually have in the fridge. You can now enable the WiFi connection of your TV by tapping your NFC enabled smartphone on a WiFi router then tapping the same smartphone on a TV to ‘teach” it how to connect to the internet. Many other applications of this marvelous new technology will be introduced this year.
Home automation and monitoring will be the talk of this year as well. Iris home monitoring system will let you monitor and regulate temperature inside your house, turn off that oven you left on and send you a text when your kids come home from school.
Tech gadgets may help you lose weight and become fit in no time by tracking your calories, stress levels, body temperature, heart rate, how many steps you took and how fast.
Flexible display technology will soon make a real consumer application. Samsung Joum display is already showing progress on prototype using Corning’s flexible glass Willow. Will next Galaxy S4 already have a flexible display?
We have smart this, smart that, so why not smart cars? CCC, or Car Connectivity Consortium is working hard with developers, providers and OEMs to integrate your smartphone with a car and of course with minimal driver distraction. Imagine how quiet it’ll get with internet in your family van. MirrorLink buttons on dashboard or steering wheel will be able to control your smartphone.
While we’re at it let’s take a look at smart watches. Pebble Smartwatch for example will get the most important stuff from your smartphone right on your wrist.
This year will be busy with technological advancements like self driving cars, virtual displays, gesture recognition interfaces, thinner, lighter and faster portable computers in various formats and hopefully many universal gadgets that work with numerous platforms.
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