January 10, 2014

Top Tech Trends from CES 2014

By Nichole Pichardo

I was lucky enough to get to check out one of the hottest trade shows of the year, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this week. From my few days spent at the show, below is a quick snapshot of what I found to be the most popular (and my favorite ) trends at CES this year.

Wearable Technology
No matter where you were on the showroom floor, one trend that surely couldn’t be missed was wearable technology. The rapidly growing field of wearable tech encompasses everything from fitness to futuristic headgear with built-in cameras. This means everything from your coffee machine to your shoes to your baby’s bottle will have a sensor or two and a low-power wireless connection, allowing you to monitor and control everything from your houseplants to your kettle to your front door lock with your PC or smartphone – Cool or kinda
creepy? Regardless of what you think, we are definitely getting
closer to the world of George and Jane Jetson!

The ‘Curve’
Television companies claim a slightly curved screen offers a better viewing experience by reducing glare and improving visibility for people sitting to the sides of a TV set – but how about a curved smartphone? At CES, LG announced the world’s first curved smartphone, LG G Flex, will be available to consumers in the U.S. in the first quarter of this year. What’s even better, is Sprint will offer the new G Flex with the advantage of Sprint Spark™, its powerful enhanced LTE network capability that delivers wireless peak data speeds of up to 50 – 60 Mbps and supports a new generation of online gaming, virtual reality, advanced cloud services and other applications requiring high bandwidth.

The Bigger the Better
From phablets to 105-inch TV’s, both phones and TVs seem to be getting larger and larger. And by the looks of everything I saw on the showroom floor, the once popular miniaturization of consumer electronics is pretty much history for now. In addition to the two 105-inch curved sets from LG and Samsung, Vizio also announced a 120-inch TV!

Connected Cars
The dashboard of your car has slowly morphed into a futuristic hub with GPS and access to apps that provide music, entertainment and your favorite search engines. Don’t know what to have for dinner tonight? No worries! Ask your car and not only will it give you top suggestions, but it will also take you right there and make reservations for you. At CES, many automakers featured everything from a car running solely on sunlight to smartphone and tablet apps that can start your car for you.

Nichole Pichardo is a communications manager for the Wireless Devices team at Sprint. She is based in sunny Southern California and primarily focuses on devices launching from HTC and LG. She is also knowledgeable about Sprint’s mobile broadband devices and service plans. Nichole can be reached at nichole.pichardo@sprint.com.

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