What we’ve learned from CES 2016

If you don’t live under a rock then you are well aware that the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2016 recently took place in Las Vegas. This conference launched in 1967 and has been the leading platform for the world’s biggest technology companies to showcase their latest consumer innovations. Did you know some of the most commonly used products were launched here like, the video cassette recorder, CD players and camcorders?

Like every other year, attendees caught a glimpse into some of the coolest and most anticipated gadgets and had the chance to look into our digital future for the year ahead. This year did not disappoint as there was something for everyone on display; from virtual reality, to drones and self-driving cars. I personally love it all!

So what are some of things we actually learned from CES 2016?

Virtual reality — Obviously this technology still has a long way to go, but its future shines bright with the creation of VR headsets like HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, and the PlayStation VR. Virtual reality represents a new method of storytelling and will continue to make strides in 2016.

Wearable technology — Although this trend arrived last year, in 2016, wearables cemented their place in our future and let cynics know that it would endure beyond the fad. From Fitbit to Under Armour and everyone in between — smartwatches dominated the chatter on social this year.

Merger of smart home and smart systems — The home will be an intelligent one in the near future, with loads of devices incorporating voice recognition systems to command thermostats, lock doors, turn on TVs and every other appliance.

Looks like 2016 is going to be a great year for tech. Now to the really good stuff — check out below for some of the gadgets I can’t wait to try!

The EHang 184 — a human size drone will be able to carry a single passenger for 23 minutes at a speed of 60 MPH.
Lexus Slide — a skateboard-like device (hoverboard) that floats a few inches above the ground, promising the ultimate in futuristic, personal travel.
Adidas Smart Ball — a football with an integrated sensor that detects speed, spin, flight path and impact point.
Healthbox from Under Armour — a fitness tracker, a connected scale and a heart rate monitor that fits around your chest.
Fitbit Blaze — a modular fitness watch designed to monitor heart rate, sleep, and workouts.