It’s a brand new year, so what better time to showcase the new technology we have to look forward to in 2016? The Consumer Technology Association event in Las Vegas opened it’s doors in Las Vegas yesterday, and will run until the 9th January. During that time, visitors can peruse the show floor for the latest gadgets, attend keynote speeches and truly get to grips with the new technology on offer. Here’s what’s been showcased so far:
Whirlpool Connected Home Suite
As app controlled devices go, you probably didn’t think about connecting your fridge or your oven to your smartphone, but Whirlpool have unveiled a range that does just that. Their oven can download recipes, the dishwasher can be programmed to run more quietly when people are home, and your washing machine can connect with your Amazon account and order more washing powder when you’re running out. It’s either the beginning of Skynet or a way to make household chores a whole lot easier, it all depends on whether you’re happy with your white goods having access to your bank account details.
Guests have been lining up to test out the final version of the ground breaking virtual reality machine, due out next year. The price has been revealed as being £500, which will include the headset, sensor, Oculus Remote, cables, an Xbox One controller, and copies of the games EVE: Valkyrie and Lucky’s Tale. Those who contributed enough to the Rift’s Kickstarter Campaign should be receiving a free bundle at some point in the near future.
One interesting demonstration of the technology lets users experience what old age would be like for them. The headset lets them try driving with issues such as glaucoma and cataracts, and combined with Real Sense Technology smart suits and auditory experiences, has reportedly created a very powerful experience.
As predicted, wearable tech has become huge in the last year, and now we’re seeing the latest updates and improvements to the technology. Leading fitness trackers Fitbit have announced the Fitbit Blaze, a direct competitor to the Apple Watch. The watch will let users track their exercise, as well as check texts and control music on a paired smartphone. It’s set to have less features but a lower price point than the Apple Watch, making it a cheaper alternative.
Several leading brands have begun to look into wearable tech, too. L’Oreal have debuted a UV sensitive patch that is worn on the skin, and can measure its effect on the user. Shoe manufacturer New Balance are developing an Android powered smartwatch that’s aimed at athletes. It’s clear that existing brands are starting to look into creating new tech themselves, rather than get displaced by startups.
The age of the driverless car comes closer and closer. Nvdia have announced they will create a ‘supercomputer’ for driverless cars. About the size of a lunchbox, the computer will have as much processing power as 150 Macbooks Pros, and can apparently tell the difference between street signs, cars, and humans. It’s already being tested by several car manufacturers, so it may not be long before we see the first car driving itself on the streets.