Josh Bolinger: Jaded at CES?
I have heard the grumblings.
About how anti-climatic CES has become. That CES used to be an event you attended to be amazed by what the future is going to look like. That now, it’s more of the previous year… but bigger, thinner, faster. That there are no major innovations.
Technology is progressing so quickly that we’ve lost some appreciation for it. We wouldn’t be shocked if the hover board came out next week, butnot too long ago the idea of a flatscreen TV or a phone with no buttons was absolutely crazy. So, I want to take a moment to applaud what CES showed us this year:
- Revolv – finally home automation is here. For years I have fantasized about this and I am very impressed by this creation. Too bad I didn’t get to work on it.
- Audi’s A7 drives and parks itself. There is nothing I want more in this world than a car that drives itself. That’s more time I can get work done, and subsequently more free time with my family. I drive two to four hours a day, and then have work to do at home almost every night and weekend. Getting rid of the work while the drive happens would be heaven. Not to mention the shorter drive from reductions in traffic, and (hopefully) virtually eliminating accidents. Does bring a new meaning to “system crash,” though.
- The MYO gesture control armband makes a groundbreaking move towards controlling your electronics – with an open API or SDK. This thing could really change things!
- Kolibree toothbrush tells you how well you’ve brushed your teeth and if you missed any spots. Im a big advocate for health technology and this simple little creation might put dentists’ teeth on edge.
- Tactus brings texture on call to touchscreen glass. Its a pretty incredible idea that could open the door for huge advancements for the visually impaired, plus it’s anyone’s guess what gamers will do with it.
No one is a bigger proponent of large-scale change and taking big risks to make bid differences in our lives. But it’s important that we don’t get jaded, and start seeing everything as just a refinement, either.
Of course, just like everyone else, I’m still waiting for my flying car.