CES 2016: Bring on the drones, streaming, augmented reality and wearables

Everyone knows that CES is the industry tradeshow that sets the tone of what to expect in in the consumer and business tech world for the year. This year, CES welcomed record 170,000 attendees, circulating in the more than 2.4 million net square feet of space where 3,800 exhibitors showcased their gadgets and technology advancements to drive the industry in 2016.

The size of this show, not to mentioned Las Vegas traffic between CES East and West locations, made the ability to blanket the entire show floor a nearly impossible feat. Back from a whirlwind week, our team pulled together some of the most interesting trends coming out of CES 2016.

  • Drone market is soaring. With its own dedicated area on the CES show floor, there was no shortage of drones. From lightweight models to demos on how to make them safer, this is a technology trend showcased significant innovation and applications that shows no sign of stopping any time soon.
  • Streaming and OTT are here to stay. Netflix announced its global service expansion, reaching a total of 190 countries. Mobile devices have become the device of choice to watch paid-for OTT TV content. Even pay-TV has embraced streaming into the TV viewing experience as NAGRA announced an all-in-one platform for pay TV operators to address the app fragmentation issue. There was no shortage of exciting developments at this year’s show and we think this is just the tip of the iceberg on developments we can expect in this industry.
  • Virtual reality is becoming reality. However, it’s not quite ready yet. During the show, VR players featured new designs and plans for their own platforms, developing user-friendly form factors to gain market traction. Like many trends that are just getting attention in the industry, this trend is in the design and planning stage of innovation. It will be interesting to see how this develops in the coming year.
  • Wearables are still on the rise. While the fitness-oriented devices continue to gain momentum with consumers, other brands are tapping into the wearable market for a more focused offering with expanded applications. This includes tracking a person’s exposure to sun and monitoring the amount of time you spend with your loved ones.

Did you attend CES 2016? Tell us your thoughts on what you think will be an industry hit this year.