The annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) brings the world to Las Vegas every January for a look at what's hot, what's new, and what's going to be making the headline in technology for the years to come.
Last year was all about the connected car, the connected home, and the connected self. This year's CES took that theme a step further and saw industries connecting and collaborating more than ever before.
The organisers claim CES 2016 was about "innovation that betters the world", a key aim of Technoport, of course.
"At CES 2016 everyone saw that tech is about more than single products and services, it is about improving our world and providing hope for our future. It was awe-inspiring to see traditional and non-traditional ‘tech’ industries meet to brainstorm, partner and collaborate on ways to do business and address global issues," said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, Consumer Technology Association. "Technology now touches every facet of our lives, from improving our workouts and the way we sleep, to keeping us safe on the roads and in our homes and even preventing or treating illnesses. CES has cemented its position as the global gathering place for all industries to be wowed by the tens of thousands of ways that technology is changing the world as we know it."
"CES is the one place where expanding global innovation, the technology community and government can join and showcase a better future for us all," said John Penny, chief strategy officer, Starz.
A record attendance of more than 170,000 including 6,000 members of the press ensured the events of CES 2016 reached more people than ever before. The organisers claim there were 1,278,870 mentions of the #CES2016 hashtag during the event.
Every member of the Federal Communications Commission and four members of the Federal Trade Commission were in attendance, alongside two cabinet level officials, so the American government was certainly engaged in the show.
However, one interesting development is the introduction of CES Asia. This May sees the second event to be held in Shanghai, which could start to splinter the global impact and valuable networking these events provide going forward.
Lagging behind other industries such as automotive in the race to connectivity, healthcare is finally getting some serious attention beyond heart rate monitors and pedometers.
MC10 revealed the BioStamp Research Connect System, a plaster-sized device that sticks to your body, collects and securely transmits physiological data for research or monitoring purposes. The key difference from a wristband or other wearable is the plaster-like device moves with your body, rather than restricting your movement.
According to MC10, the BioStampRC system has been "in beta testing for several months with world-class institutions that specialize in the areas of motor skill rehabilitation, neurodegenerative diseases, cardiology, and human performance."
For those interested in digital health, CNET produced this excellent round-up of the technology on display:
At each CES, the automotive industry has made great strides with the technology and safety behind autonomous vehicles. The team at Slashgear took Kia's Drive Wise program for a spin in the Mojave desert and concluded that Kia have made the experience "more human":
"Autonomous driving is often spoken of in absolutist terms: cars either drive themselves, or they don't. In reality, there's a huge technological grey area that occupies the space between those two poles, and at least for the foreseeable future, it's this undiscovered country that is going to play the biggest role in the eventual transition to self-driving landscape."
WIRED identified new spins on old technologies as their number one trend from this year's show. Senior Associate Editor Molly McHugh said, "Onet hing that really stood out is there is a lot of old stuff, by that we mean a lot of retro and nostalgia. Turntables are some of the most popular items here, along with cameras that dont do anything digital, they print. This adds a lot of fun to the show."
McHugh also said that although 3D printing and werables were dominant again, people werent talking about them as much as at previous events, unlike drones.
"We're seeing more specific deones not just a bunch doing the same thing. We've seen ones that can fit a person in them or ones that are uncrashable."
While the new drones on display were certainly eye-catching, the most interesting aspect we spotted was a discussion on how to manage drone traffic.
"Figuring out how to manage drone traffic over the United States to allow for drone delivery services and other drone-based service is going to be critical if Amazon and Google ever want to deliver packages to the backyards of their customers" - TechCrunch
We're not the size of CES, but Technoport 2016 is the place in Norway to have these kind of discussions. Innovators, industry, researchers and students come together to meet, share and innovate.