CES is always completely overwhelming, but you can generally find a running theme throughout the event. This year two things could really be found everywhere.
The first is what is being called the “Internet of Things” – IoT for short. The IoT is the word people are using to describe the connectedness of every little thing. Dryers that can be controlled from your smart phone, sprinklers that can tell when is going to rain and shut off automatically, a cooktop that can video chat your mother for recipe advice, etc. The internet of things is getting into just about everything we own. So new technology is trying to figure out how to make our lives easier by getting information from the internet to make things more automatic. Watch this video and just try to tell me that we don’t live in the future!
The second theme I saw throughout CES was wearable technology. This section has grown tremendously over the last few years. FitBit used to have a small section of the health and fitness area, and now the health and fitness area was ALL about wearables. Some standouts for me are the Athos workout gear (exercise clothes that can track EVERYTHING), the iFit Duo which looks just like a watch but can flip around to it’s digital interface, and the GoBe which can track your calorie output as well as calorie consumption!! As someone who is horrible when it comes to trying to track the calories that I put in my face… I NEED this device… like yesterday.
I can’t wait to see what next year will bring, until next year Las Vegas….
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Sarah Kimmel is a digital parenting coach and family tech expert. She has spent the last 16 years of her career as a Microsoft Certified IT Manager supporting over 100 small businesses. During that time she started Family Tech LLC to help families understand and manage the technology in their home. She has regularly appeared as a family tech expert on KSL News, BYUtv and Studio 5, and has been invited all over the world from tech companies like Lenovo, Verizon, Microsoft, Dell, and Samsung. Find out more on her website SarahKimmel.com