The Consumer Electronics Show hopes to be a launch pad for a new must-have device as spending on new gadgets drops as the whole world is seem to be drowned with smartphones and tablets.
Starting Tuesday, CES promises to showcase an “Internet of Things” with users at its heart.
The technology extravaganza that held yearly in the glitz-laden city of Las Vegas has developed beyond the eye-popping television technology for which is popular, to serve as a stage for once-dumb devices given brains in the form of computer chips and Internet connections.
“You will see two types of technology here,” Shawn DuBravac, chief economist at the Consumer Electronics Association which puts on the international show, said Sunday.
“You will see the technologically feasible and the ones that are commercially viable.”
Innovations on display except prime for market will include bendable screens.
Potentially troublesome technology that is available like 3D printers that let users print objects in a fashion alike to printing documents.
“It is still a very nascent market, but we are starting to see it grow,” DuBravac said.
The CES stage is usually a key showcase for gizmos that don’t normally get a attention.
“You will see a lot about the Internet of things; all the gadgets that are not a tablet, smartphone or personal computer but are attached to the Internet,” said Forrester analyst Frank Gillett.
“Like your car telling you that you are speeding too much or door locks that you unlock with a smartphone. There are all kinds of gadgety things like that we will see.”
A driver of the hot CES trend of wearable computers like bracelets or pendants that track wearers’ activities or health is proliferation of low-cost sensors.
Sensors in cars assist drivers to park or allow cruise-control features to adapt speed depending on traffic, at the same time as Internet-linked thermostats in homes can detect when residents’ smartphones are nearing and adjust temperatures when they arrived. The door locks with wireless connectivity and sensors can open automatically for people arriving home, or be controlled remotely using smartphones.
As a result, protecting personal information gathered by sensors is “certainly on the radar for all manufacturers at CES,” according to DuBravac.
“I almost wonder sometimes if privacy is an anomaly instead of the other way around,” DuBravac said, noting that in small towns of days gone by everyone seemed to know everyone else’s doings.
“If I can get a richer experience by sharing my data, that is a fair trade-off,” he suggested.
The newest in television ultra-high definition screens will be on display, however analysts predicted them to land in the market with a thud alike to that made by 3-D televisions.
“Your television gets a zillion more pixels, but most people won’t be able to notice the difference,” Gillett said, though DuBravac expects scores of Ultra HD television announcements at CES.
UItra HD television is made to benefit from ease of use of rich content at online venues lnaming Netflix, YouTube as well as from major film studios.
The global market for technology hit a record high of $1.068 trillion in 2013 powered by uptake in smartphones and tablets, according to Steve Koenig, director of industry analysis at the Consumer Electronics Association.
He predicts that the amount would fall a little this year and level off at $1.055 trillion.
“North America is no longer in the lead in terms of technology spending,” Koenig said.
“The spending coming on line in Asia has sealed the deal in terms of leadership and America will have to settle for number two. Simply put, there is strength in numbers in China.”
Astonishingly, 43 cents of every dollar spent on consumer electronics this year was forecasted to go on smartphones and tablets.
“We are now awaiting that next wave of innovation, and that is really what CES is all about,” Koenig added.