CES 2018: The Year of the Internet of Meaningful Things?

Now that CES 2018 has come to a close and we’ve had a chance to hang with all of the coolest robots, it’s time for us to take a look at the trends we saw and what is to come in 2018.

There were lots of exciting trends at CES this year, everything from advances in robotics, the death of wires and the development of truly smart cities.

While there were some not so great ideas that came out of CES 2018, there are certainly some bright spots that came out of the show. In fact, there were even a couple of innovations that hit the nail on the head.

Here’s a rundown of some of our favorites that came out of CES, along with some trends we really hope to see going forward.

VR/AR Like Woah.

Ok. This is exciting. We’ve been talking for a long time about how VR and AR are exciting innovations but both the technology and the implementation have been, well clunky.

This year we’ve seen a shift in that. Not only in the possible applications of the products but in designs as well. Some of the prototype’s coming out of Samsung’s Creative “C-Lab” are truly exciting and show us that augmented reality designers are thinking a lot about accessibility.

Where can we see VR/AR being used? We think the trend is pretty clear. VR and AR are going to make some HUGE advances in the industrial spaces, as webinar panelist X notes. Industrial operations, like transportation, will be some of the biggest winners when it comes to the meaningful implementation of this technology.

For consumers, VR/AR is still going to be this cool technology that really only early adopters are excited about. Except for those hardcore gamers. For those hardcore gamers, these new advances in technology and UI are going to really up their experiences.

The Smart City

This is truly where the Internet of Meaningful things is finally starting to take shape. From self-driving stores on wheels to automated vehicles, the smart city will be able to provide resources such as real time measurements of air quality, digital monitoring to keep track of flood waters, and intuitive parking solutions. These solutions go beyond some of the initial idea of smart cars or buses to raise up to new heights to beat traffic. They provide solutions to the problem of growing cities and increasing populations.

Wearables that Wow.

Many of the wearables in the marketplace (we’re looking at you Apple Watch) have taken on too much. Step tracking. Heart Monitoring. Answering your phone. Being actual phones.

They’ve taken on a lot, and truth be told, we’re looking forward to wearables that well, solve real human problems.

Enter L’Oreal’s UV Sense. Around the size of the button candies from yesteryears, the device sticks onto your nail and measures the UV hitting your body. This wearable is simple, addresses a growing problem, and very specific concern. The future of wearables may just be here, products that are simple, uncomplicated by technology and address specific concerns.

For more on what’s coming next, check out our hangout  with IBM, GE and Stanley Black & Decker, “Designing Smart Connected Products in the Age of AR”.

Sailaja Joshi

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Sailaja Joshi

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