Tech Trends from CES 2015

iPhone Life Magazine - - Editor's Message -

I'm still buzzing from the ex­cite­ment of Jan­uary's Con­sumer Elec­tron­ics Show, where the world's most in­no­va­tive com­pa­nies gath­ered to show­case ev­ery­thing from 4K TVs to driver­less cars. Here are the top mo­bile trends we saw at CES this year (see page 69 for Best of CES awards):

The Rise of 3D Print­ing

3D prin­ters are amaz­ing, with the abil­ity to pro­duce any­thing from ar­ti­fi­cial limbs to en­tire homes. And now they've gone mo­bile! At CES, in­dus­try leader Mak­erBot showed off its free Mak­erBot Prin­tShop app, which lets you de­sign things like vases and rings on your iPhone and print them from one of the com­pany's 3D prin­ters.

The Home of the Fu­ture

We heard a lot about Jet­sons- like smart homes last year, and at CES, they were on full dis­play. Pana­sonic dis­played an en­tire pro­to­type smart kitchen with em­bed­ded cam­eras that let you keep an eye on what's cooking from your iPhone.

Drones and Selfie Sticks—Your Per­sonal Pa­parazzi

A fly­ing cam­era may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of drones, but CES was teem­ing with th­ese winged pa­parazzi. I had a blast see­ing Par­rot show off its tiny Be­bop drone with a choreographed per­for­mance to clas­si­cal mu­sic, and wit­ness­ing Hexo de­but its Go­Pro-tot­ing drone for cap­tur­ing ex­treme sports videos. While less high tech, the mono­pod (oth­er­wise known as the selfie stick) was around ev­ery cor­ner at CES. Some say its nick­name is un­fair—af­ter all, you can use the ac­ces­sory for more prac­ti­cal pur­poses than snap­ping self­ies at fur­ther than arm's length, like to get an awe­some crowd shot, or to take a belfie (I'll let you look that one up).

Vir­tual Re­al­ity

Though I'd read the hype about Ocu­lus VR, noth­ing could've pre­pared me for the in­tense im­mer­sive ex­pe­ri­ence of the lat­est de­vel­oper's edi­tion, Ocu­lus Cres­cent Bay. Dur­ing a demo, I found my­self on the ledge of a sky­scraper, the open air whistling around me. I had to close my eyes to stop my knees from buck­ling only to find a T-Rex closing in on me when I opened them again. I left the demo un­der­stand­ing how such tech­nol­ogy could have uses be­yond gam­ing, such as for mil­i­tary train­ing or to help peo­ple over­come their fears.

A Note on Pro­duc­tiv­ity

Look­ing be­yond cool gad­gets, you'll also find a healthy dose of tips to help you be­come more or­ga­nized and ef­fi­cient. To make 2015 your most pro­duc­tive year yet, check out our fea­tured sec­tion start­ing on pg. 36.

Donna Schill Cleve­land

Edi­tor in Chief

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