CES had more than 140,000 attendees this year and as always there was a lot of buzz related to emerging technology trends. Of course my filter was on to look for cool news and trends that somehow tie back to technology that JDSU provides. There were no shortage of ways to connect the dots this year.
A few highlights:
FCC Chairman made a statement during his CES speech that if you turned off the Internet, virtually every product shown at CES would be worthless.
- Makes you think about how critical it is to have state-of-the-art network infrastructures that can handle the load as we become increasingly more dependent on new wired/wireless smart devices.
- Some new devices shown included smart home appliances. There was a refrigerator that scans your grocery receipt to help you keep track of expiration of dates on food and also a way to remotely manage your oven.
Carriers showed off cool new ways they plan to drive use of 4G LTE.
- Verizon showcased an ATM that uses 4G to send and receive live video to reduce theft.
- ALU displayed a solution that would allow police and firefighters to communicate via 4G with each other with smartphones and tablets during emergencies. There has been a lot of post-911 discussion about this issue.
Gesture recognition is moving into PCs and TVs.
- Microsoft announced that Kinect is going to be a part of Windows 8. This will allow for new things like virtual keyboards and gaming from your PC.
- Samsung and LG introduced smart TVs that include gesture recognition, speech recognition and voice control. Goodbye remote!
It was good to see that CES technology buzz was alive and well this year.