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NEW YORK — Smarter wearable devices, zippier drones, and many more connected cars will be on display at the 2016 CES.
The Consumer Technology Association, which operates the annual trade show in Las Vegas, gave a sneak peek here of the upcoming industry gathering that overtakes Las Vegas Jan. 6-9.
Among the 20,000 products expected to be shown by more than 3,600 exhibitors are smarter tech devices: a ring that reads your vital signs, drones that follow you and more intelligent cars. Over the past 18 months or so, innovators have entered “a massive experimental phase” that involves, said CTA chief economist and senior research director Shawn DuBravac, “looking at not just can we do it but what does it mean when we digitize this particular experience.”
During this week’s three-day event that ended Tuesday, hosted by the CTA in New York City, some trends emerged of what lies ahead at January’s CES confab:
Wearables. Among the 150-plus health, wellness and fitness tech exhibitors will be Finland-founded Oura and its Oura Ring (starting at $279, shipping in December), which tracks your vital signs. By feeding your pulse, movements and body temperature into its smartphone app, the Oura Ring delivers information about how you sleep and recommendations to improve your lifestyle. “It gives you actionable recommendations … (and) how well you sleep and restoration on your mental and physical level,” said Oura U.S. operations manager Markku Hooli. Oura was among several dozen companies showing off their products at the CES preview.
Automotive technology. Nine major automakers and more than 100 auto tech companies will be on hand at CES. That’s an overall increase in exhibits of 25% over last year’s show, says CTA President and CEO Gary Shapiro. “That’s really big because they were really big in 2015,” he said. “Companies at CES 2016 will unveil a complete immersive infotainment experience for the car with advances in active window displays, accident notifications and nav systems.”
Drones. Lily Robotics’ camera drone ($799, shipping begins in February 2016), which follows the user via a tracking device, will be among the increased drone presence at CES this year. The 2.8-pound Lily camera drone records video, audio and shoots stills. “Drones and unmanned systems continue to reach new heights,” said Shapiro. “They are changing the way we view our world.”
4K Ultra HD TVs. TV makers, by the end of September, had already surpassed the CTA’s expected total 2015 shipments of the Ultra High Definition sets, so named because they deliver four times the resolution of current HDTVs. That means U.S. sales of 4K UHD displays could approach 7 million by year’s end, far beyond the 4.5 million expected.
Newer displays that will be unveiled in January and arrive in stores in 2016 will also boast High Dynamic Range (HDR) capabilities for improved brightness and richer colors. “Consumers are starting to embrace the concept of 4K (and) 8 million pixels on the screen and more detail than they have ever seen before,” said LG Electronics USA’s John Taylor. “Many consumers, the early adopters, are coming back to buy their second and third (4K UHD) set, and the word of mouth is growing significantly.”
Also coming: 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray movie discs from Hollywood studios, with films that include 20th Century Fox’s The Martian, “to complement the players, the devices that are coming to market, that will make 4K Ultra HD TVs even that much more beautiful and brighter,” said Amy Jo Smith, president of the Digital Entertainment Group.