My Consumer Electronics Show Take Away
Without being groupie to all things new, my home is a veritable CES museum displaying a wide range of goods that had their moment in the sun as the best and brightest of their clan… Like a much-treasured vinyl collection I live amongst a collection of state of the art TV’s, washing machines, dryers, radios, dishwashers and discreet IoT products like Hive Heating and Alexa with a robotic Hoover soon to join the clan, all clamouring to “connect and serve”. No stone is being unturned, the Phillips Toothbrush has joined the IoT revolution while the electric blanket waits nervously to be upgraded to wireless technology alongside the stock of incandescent lightbulbs which are slowly disappearing like an endangered species in favour of Wi-Fi ones. CES illustrates that millions of jobs, stock prices and pension funds depend on manufacturers launching eye catching, labour saving, environmental friendly devices every year. So, what’s got my eye this year and what’s the motivation to upgrade, replace or add something new to the museum collection?
The Internet Fridge will continue to be a pass – maybe the Alexa version that speaks might be more interesting but is there a point of being photographed when you open the fridge door? With a big LED unit on the door where would the prized collection of international fridge magnets go?
The Smart Phone that doubles as a stun gun is tempting but probably illegal in most locations outside of Texas, so that is a pass too.
Samsung’s “The Wall” TV looks brilliant, especially for the office – an all-encompassing cinematic experience to shock and awe clients on a daily basis!
Other marvelous products offer everything from better bladder control to phone charging sofas – who knew?
C by GE Lighting – a ceiling mounted voice control has the added advantage of removing clutter from the counter top, this points to a whole new frontier to conquer – the Ceiling!
This is very intriguing with its symbolism of Jupertian technology hovering overhead with its power to direct, protect and provide. But, with thousands of robotic and programmable devices being developed to reduce labour, increase convenience and offer safety and security it’s good to know that humans still provide the totally random and unprogrammable ability to think some of this crazy stuff up – giving us something to do while technology takes care of the rest.