Other cool stuff at CES

By now everyone has heard about the FFZero1 concept car from Farraday Future.

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But there were plenty of other exciting advances at CES that we may or may not be hearing about in the coming months and years.

There was the connected bed that will keep track of all your vitals and let you know if you had a good night’s sleep or not.

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One of my favorites was the automated window washer, in just 2 short years it can wash every window on the Empire State building.

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There were smart suits, another option to track your vital signs and smart belts that tell you when it’s time to put the fork down (no thank you).

 

Of course there were robots marching all over the convention center.

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Another smart garment – this warm-up jacket connects to your smartphone and if you put your run/bike course into the app, it will tell you when to turn left and right.

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Drones took up a large swath of real estate on the convention floor, but this was the only one claiming to carry a human passenger (at least in a couple of years).

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The smart home hit the mainstream, with every type of appliance available in a ‘smart’ version.  These washing machines were sleek, but I have yet to figure out why I need to pay a premium for bells & whistles that essentially do the same as the annoying buzzer that sounds when my laundry is done.

Old school tech was represented as well and according to the guy in this booth, spinning vinyl records is making a comeback.

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The price of 3D printing is moving to consumer levels.

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And of course 2016 is predicted to be the year of Virtual Reality ((VR).  This guy is playing a first person shooter game against a competitor and they both are ‘running’ around a virtual scene as they stalk each other and earn points.  They were working hard!

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Two of my all-time favorite NBA players were at CES filming their nightly NBA on TNT show and shilling products (not sure why, but it was cool to see Sir Charles and Shaq (and Kenny).

My favorite entry at CES was this contraption that will take a pile of clean clothes and fold & stack it in the appropriate pile in just 4-7 short hours, available at a store near you (in about 5 years).

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Once again CES was amazing with over 2 million square feet of exhibition space occupied by over 3,000 companies including close to 1,000 from China alone.  I hope to file a report again next year.

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juleswalker4

I lead business development for KPMG's Emerging Technology practice in the western region. I enjoy discussing the next great thing coming out of Silicon Valley and Silicon others.

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