NEW CES, NEW TRENDS
Lately, I’ve been on a retro-collecting kick, which some may say is an attempt to relive my childhood memories, and they’d be right if I actually owned them in the past. Game consoles were a no-no in our household growing up. Needless to say, many accumulated hours were spent playing on the Famicom, Mega Drive, and the original PlayStation at friend’s houses.
A recent trip to Tokyo resulted in the purchase of a refurbished Super Famicom, amongst other things. Now, despite the convenience of Virtual Console, it’s far more satisfying to insert a cartridge, power up the system, and begin playing Chrono Trigger on a CRT TV screen – complete with scanlines in all their glory. But enough about my nostalgic rambling.
Every January, tech aficionados from around the world convene in fabulous Las Vegas like clockwork to witness the latest in disruptive technologies from both new startups and established giants. What I’m referring to is, of course, the week-long tech fest that is the Consumer Electronics Show (CES).
The 2016 edition did not disappoint, bringing with it the second wave of wearables; the finalized Ultra HD ‘Premium’ standard across TVs, devices, content, and distribution; the convergence of mobility and computing power; among other creations that are set to arrive in the coming months.
But are they truly of the game-changing and revolutionary variety, or simply just incremental upgrades of already existing creations? Let us present to you the top trends to look out for this year on page 37.