In Los Angeles January 6 to 9 is scheduled for the Ces 2016 (Consumer Electronics Show 2016) , the most popular consumer electronics fair in the world, that this year seems to be betting on the car of the future, on the virtual reality and on the drones as technologies able to revolutionize our lives for years to come.
A car that drives itself, with zero emissions, is the dream that companies like Google (as well as traditional producers Ford) are following. The proposed solutions are still far from being able to be taken from the series, but already are leading to lower consumption, greater connectivity and increasing use of hybrid engines.
Ford, for example, presents the new version of the infotainment system Sync with support for Android and Apple Auto CarPlay, as well as Sync Connect for remote control of vehicle, to allow drivers a constant interaction with the app installed and with the services of Google and Apple by voice, touch screen and controls on the steering wheel. Volkswagen, also to forget the recent scandal diesel, it proposes a concept minivan zero emissions, the Volkswagen Budd.e concept, new edition electric revisited of the historical “Bulli”.
After that as early as 2015 Mercedes had stolen the show with the prototype F015, the car that drives itself, at Ces 2016 Google and Ford could formalize a historic partnership to build the production version of the Google Car with no steering wheel or pedals of which are already circulating for a few months the first two-seater prototypes. Bmw, more concretely, will show how it works the AirTouch, ie the possibility of giving commands to the browser and other avionics systems with just one hand, without touching the display surface.
As for the virtual reality attention should be all or almost to the camera VR 360 degrees of GoPro and perhaps to find out when arrive on the market the expected Oculus Rift and Playstation VR viewers, whose pre-orders could begin shortly, in anticipation of a turnover that next year could rise to 8.8 billion dollars to 6.1 billion for the hardware and software, with 70 million virtual reality devices installed by end of year.
In total will be about forty exhibitors will present at Ces 2016 their new virtual reality, augmented reality and “wearable” devices (as new smart watches, glasses for fitness and headphones) that in 2015 only in the US have already been sold to more than 28 million units and by 2018 should reach 45 million share of units sold per year. But beside car, virtual and augmented reality and “wearables”, what dominates at Ces 2016 will also be drones like the quadcopters of 3D Robotics, Yuneec, Parrot and DJI for civilian use (with security and deliveries applications) but also military, with 4K cameras and infrared, 360-degree, hydrogen power or remote control via Twitter.
In short: the geopolitical tensions and economic uncertainty coming from China for now do not seem to have slowed the race by consumer electronics and the power of innovation that each year at Ces is a great commercial showcase. If you want to keep in touch of what the new technology will propose to transform our daily lives, you just need to continue to follow Mondivirtuali.it, even through our account on Twitter and our fanpage on Facebook (but remember: Mondivirtuali is also on Flickr, on Pinterest, on Scoop.it, on Paper.li and also on Youtube).