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Drones, flashy TVs among stars in Las Vegas tech show

Drones, wearable computing and enormous, immersive TVs were in the spotlight at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show which wrapped up Friday in Las Vegas.

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| Updated on: Jul 11 2020, 22:39 IST
Drones, flashy TVs among stars in Las Vegas tech show
Drones, flashy TVs among stars in Las Vegas tech show
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Another big draw was the auto industry's newest connected cars that can be virtually autonomous, and quirky alternative transportation solutions such as scooters and Segway-like vehicles.

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'Drones were very big, they were everywhere. It was almost like being in an airport,' said Roger Kay of the consultancy Endpoint Technologies Associates.

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Kay said he was impressed with the array of televisions which promise a more realistic picture with '4K' resolution, which have now become affordable enough to allow many consumers to upgrade.

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'Samsung's 103-inch bendable display was astounding to look at,' Kay said. 'Curved displays were a huge thing.'

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Behind beautiful screens was a budding battle to the software brains in home entertainment centers. Samsung caused a buzz by announcing it will open its smart television platform to outside developers and rival manufacturers in a bid to be the de facto standard. But Google's rival Android TV also gain adopters.

Wearables, wearables

Wearable technology was seen in just about every size and shape imaginable -- in shirts, socks, shoes, bras, jewelry, headgear, for fitness and health, medical monitoring and for keeping tabs on children and pets.

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The Consumer Electronics Association, which organizes the annual show, projected that US wearable unit sales will reach 30.9 million units, up 61%, and generate $5.1 billion in revenue in 2015 -- a 133% increase. Most of these are fitness bands and trackers, with smart watches and eyewear also gaining.

Drones, flashy TVs among stars in Las Vegas tech show
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Drones, flashy TVs among stars in Las Vegas tech show

And yet some analysts remain skeptical about long-term prospects for wearables.

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Microsoft Vice President Panos Panay, during a news conference to introduce the Microsoft Surface 2 in New York. Photo: AFP / Timothy Clary
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Microsoft Vice President Panos Panay, during a news conference to introduce the Microsoft Surface 2 in New York. Photo: AFP / Timothy Clary

'But the fundamental question is whether wearables is a solution in search of a problem.'

Industry trackers report that the abandonment rate of fitness wearables is typically measured in weeks or months.

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Drones, flashy TVs among stars in Las Vegas tech show
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Drones, flashy TVs among stars in Las Vegas tech show
Panos Panay, Microsoft's VP of Surface, introduces introduces a second generation of Surface tablets in New York City. Photo: AFP/Spencer Platt/Getty Images
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Panos Panay, Microsoft's VP of Surface, introduces introduces a second generation of Surface tablets in New York City. Photo: AFP/Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Wearables did get a major boost with Intel's announcement of a new button-sized device called Curie and a software platform for the myriad of connected devices.

Intel chief executive Brian Krzanich told a CES keynote that wearables would 'the third phase' of computing after PCs and mobile devices and would allow more natural interactions with technology through gestures and eye movements.

'Curie is the next generation of computing,' he said at the presentation, where he outlined plans for connected eyewear, garments and drones.

The move suggests Intel, which lagged in mobile chips, wants a stake in the fast-growing world of the Internet of Things, in which some 50 billion devices will have connectivity in the coming years.

Shows within shows

NPD analyst Stephen Baker walked away from CES certain that the overall trend is to open doors for people to increasingly be able to do what they want from just about wherever they'd like.

'Everything depends on your ability to be untethered,' Baker said.

'It's about having access to things where ever you are and not being stuck in one place at one time to one way of doing things.'

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Because technology and connected devices touch virtually every walk of life, CES has grown into a massive event with some 36,000 exhibits and an exhibition space the size of 35 football fields.

This means the show is different things to different people: for some it's about autos, while others focus on wireless gadgets and accessories or health care or the connected home.

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'The show is getting so big, there were a number of subshows which could be their own show,' Kay said.

Breaking up the show could mean some segments 'could stand out better in a less crowded environment.,' he added.

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