Guest Post by Amelia Monroe Torre, originally posted at EdgeCore.com
The Consumer Electronic Show (CES) is underway this week in Las Vegas and there have been some exciting tech announcements this year. With over 160,000 attendees, this is the largest gathering of tech professionals in the world. There are 20,000 new product announcements expected this week and we wanted to share five of the most exciting things we’ve seen so far from CES 2015.
- Phones & Accessories
Mobile phones are always some of the hottest items at the show and this year is no different. ZTE, a leading Chinese phone maker, is pioneering the way for customizing and upgrading individual pieces of phone hardware. With their Eco-Mobius modular phone you’ll be able to individually upgrade elements of the hardware like the camera lens, RAM, ROM, processor, and battery to create the exact phone you need.
There are a plethora of new gadgets for your phone at CES 2015 but what caught our attention was a lightning fast charger from the Israeli startup, Storedot. Their current slim-line charger can charge a Samsung Smartphone battery in a matter of minutes. Storedot’s goal is to bring the charging time under 60 seconds by 2017.
- Wearable Tech
GoldKey announced a new smart watch that is also a fully functioning smartphone. The watch runs Android KitKat software and uses dual-factor authentication to access certain features. The watch may be small but it’s loaded with lots of great features like GPS, a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot, and a battery that can last up to 24 hours. Smart watches are nothing new at this point, but this new watch from GoldKey is a game changer.
- Smart Cars
Every year smart cars get a little bit smarter, and this year at CES we saw two keynote presentations from Mercedes-Benz and Ford about their plans. Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board for Mercedes-Benz, unveiled their self-driving smart car prototype, the F 015 Luxury in Motion. The silver car has a sleek futuristic look, luxury interior, and will be controlled with smart devices. The ability to purchase a self-driving car likely won’t happen until 2020 at the earliest, but the advances are sure to be exciting over the next few years.
- Sling TV
From the company that brought you the Hopper, Dish’s latest offering is Sling TV. In an attempt to appeal to a millennial audience, the Dish Network is now offering an Internet TV service that includes ESPN, ESPN2, Food Network, HGTV, CNN and ABC Family. For $20 a month users will get a small package of coveted cable channels that they can stream on Internet enabled devices, including phones, tablets, and computers. There will be additional channels that can be added for $5 per month to make the service customizable. Sling TV doesn’t require any hardware or installation, so no waiting for the cable guy!
- Internet in Everything!
Making everything a connected device seems to be a growing trend for tech companies, especially Samsung. On Monday, Samsung’s CEO, BK Yoon, said going forward the “Internet of Things” would be Samsung’s philosophy. This means that every product they make will have the ability to connect to the internet. This includes thermostats, garage doors, washing machines, and even your bed mattress. Yoon said by 2020, 100% of Samsung’s devices will be web-enabled.
Many of the products being announced this week will be available on the market later this year. We’re excited to see how consumers react to the new tech and what real-world applications these new gadgets will have. Let us know what new gadgets you’re most excited to see this year!
– Amelia Monroe Torre