Even with so many things on display at CES 2016, there were a few of them that grabbed our attention. CES, the world’s largest annual consumer technology trade show, runs through January 9 and is expected to feature 3,600 exhibitors showing off their latest products and services to more than 150,000 attendees. There is a variety to choose from out of the new arrivals in electronic gadgets as well as high-tech standbys. The Faraday Future FFZERO1 Concept car is displayed on the first day of the CES 2016 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The new Delta triangular shaped hearing aid was named one of the best inventions in personal electrics at the 2007 Consumer Electronic Show. The world has already been remade by great technologies, and taken to the next level by inventions that have made the lives of many more convenient. It could disrupt rainfall patterns or cool the planet on average while causing temperatures in some parts of the globe.
Considered as essential things in the present day are handheld electronic gadgets and the trend is not one that will fade so easily. Though geared predominately towards the gaming audience, the opportunity for the application of this technology in the event space is quite compelling. Both as a Freeman Employee and general technology enthusiast (i.e. Geek), I enjoy having the opportunity to visit the show as an attendee and take in the overwhelming display of high-tech innovations companies bring each year. Helicopters, Jet Planes and Space Ships are the most popular models and the advancement in technology makes these toys look so real that they are almost the miniatures of the originals. As well as creating a community of givers, Pledge 1 per cent provides tools for how to implement the right structures within companies at different stages of the business. So far, about 50 Australian companies have signed up out of 600 or so global pledgers.
A wooden octopus-like figure is displayed after it was printed on top of a Polaroid 3D Printer ModelSmart 250S at CES 2016 at the Las Vegas Convention Center on January 6, 2016. But with all the available technology around us, with every machine constantly perfected by skilled individuals, anything is possible. Another aspect people look for in the latest technology is the largest amount of memory or storage possible in the smallest, most portable container possible. Samsung’s Gear S2 smartwatches are displayed at the Samsung booth at CES 2016 at the Las Vegas Convention Center on January 6, 2016. This advanced technology provides state of the art features, making behind the ear hearing aid a must have gadget that the baby boomers don’t mind wearing.
As we’ve seen in recent years, the future of technology is always right around the corner,” and I would like to share not only the ‘cool’ tech I saw, but also provide some context around the opportunities to bring these technologies to the events industry.
Examples of high-end gadgets include tablet PCs with rugged design for field work in harsh environments, electronic medical equipment, complex car systems with GPS, Bluetooth calls, voice commands and visual/audible traffic rerouting, as well as mobile entertainment devices like those Chinese sun glasses with built-in video playback functionality, which allows you to watch recorded shows or video clips while flying in a plane.