NEW CES, NEW TRENDS

HWM (Malaysia) - - ED'S NOTE -

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.

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