This week, the technology world will be swept by announcement after announcement at the Consumer Electronic Show, which has historically been the place that everyone from giants (Apple, Sony, Mercedes and Samsung) to startups (Pono Player) to showcase what’s new. As over 177,000 professionals throughout the technology industry make the annual migration to Las Vegas, we wanted to take a second to highlight what we’re going to keep an eye out for this year:
Gaming and Virtual Reality
Here at EnGeniux, we love gaming, and we’re so excited about the announcements coming next week in this category, and will be heading right to South Hall 2! The main things we want to take a look at are the virtual reality games being announced (Sony says they’re bringing over 100), the new laptops aimed at PC gamers (such as the Razer Blade Stealth, which will hopefully live up to its name as the first “ultraportable” laptop that can handle serious graphics), and – maybe just for laughs – CleverPet, which aims to be the one of the first virtual gaming system for …pets?
Oh, wearables. This category was truly the darling of 2015. How many people do you know who have a fitness band or smartwatch? If you work in a technical field (and if you’re reading this, the answer is likely yes), that answer is probably near or above half of your peers.
We already know that Fitbit will be showcasing their new Blaze Smart Fitness Watch – an announcement that, when made last week, resulted in a massive drop in stock price for the industry leader. Will the hardware redeem itself, or is this fitness band a petty attempt to roll up next to Apple? In addition to Fitbit, we’ll be looking for the Samsung booth – we’ve heard rumblings that amazing things are coming from them, including smart suits, bags, workout gear and more.
TechCrunch’s Hardware Battlefield
CES has been a bit of a holy place for startups for years, with no small thanks owed to TechCrunch’s Hardware Battlefield. This event pits all of the new hardware coming in 2016 to a panel of judges and venture capitalists on Wednesday afternoon. Who will win the big bucks, and who will be sent home?
It’s perfectly reasonable to expect Google and Apple to go head to head regarding smart home equipment this year – while there is no official news, the two have both begun venturing into the space. It will be doubly interesting to see what their manufacturing partners – namely Samsung and Intel – will have to say when it comes to technical requirements. We have high hopes (maybe we’ll finally get a hub that works with a variety of brands’ products, instead of just having to buy from one brand?) – what do you hope for?
While there are some jabs at organizers about CES becoming an “auto show,” there is one important caveat to that title – vehicles shown at CES are smart, or otherwise more technologically advanced than “normal” cars. This year, we’re looking forward to seeing the production version of General Motors’ Chevy Bolt, which has the potential to be the first actually affordable electric car in America – if it can stand up to Tesla’s Model 3, which is expected to be released in March.
Did we miss anything? What are you looking forward to seeing? Maybe we’ll bump into you there!