CES – The world’s largest annual Innovation event

This January Las Vegas once again hosted the world’s largest Innovation trade show CES.  The Consumer Electronics Show exhibits products and services from 15 product categories and this year had over 3,200 exhibitors, in excess of 150,000 visitors and over 35,000 from outside the United States.

Even though the show is largely frequented by retail buyers it offers the enterprise insight into what Innovations will enter the consumer space in the future and if a small amount of imagination is overlaid you are able to identify the general trends which could be exploited in the future.  As you would expect there was a plethora of new PCs, Mobile, TVs etc, so below I have detailed a couple of standout products that could one day be seen in the workplace.

3D Printing Advances

3D Systems introduced an iPad-version of its popular Sense 3D scanner called the iSense. The device clips to the iPad and allows users to scan an object in three-dimensions in real-time, without needing to put the object inside a special scanning box.  After scanning an object, users can then transfer the data for editing or duplication via compatible 3D printers.  The reason this innovation is interesting is that it could bring 3D printing to the masses.  To date you have been able to buy 3D printers however there has not been an easy way to actually create a 3D model to be printed.  Advances like this could bring 3D printing to the home sooner than you think.

Sony Ultra Short Throw 4K Projector

Sony introduced a projector that throws a 147in Ultra High Definition picture onto your wall from just a few centimetres away; albeit at the moment it does cost US$30,000-40,000. You can already see the video conference room of the future changing if you no longer need reams of technology and can just mount a projector close to the wall.

Biometric Digital Wallet

PulseWallet demonstrated its cardless POS kit integrated with Fujitsu’s PalmSecure biometric technology which would allow consumers to leave their credit and debit cards at home and pay for goods and services with a wave of their palms at the check-out. The PalmSecure-enabled terminals link the consumer’s palm to a personal digital wallet that electronically tracks and stores receipts and coupons at the point-of-payment.  In the enterprise however you could use this technology to replace anything that requires authentication or pass access, could you see yourself opening your PC with a  swipe of your hand rather than a logon credentials?

Oculus Rift

This year Oculus VR showcased the version 2 of its Kickstarter-funded virtual reality gaming headset which has become consumer-ready.  Even though this is still more prototype than mainstream this technology could morph also into the enterprise teleconference arena or even used to create fully emersive product experiences which consumers could use in retail outlets.

CES 2014


Author: Steve Wakefield

Steve Wakefield is an experienced Innovator presently based in London.

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