Quality is King
As this year’s CES has closes its doors for another year, we reflect on the highlights of the show and give you an idea of how the future of consumer electronics is shaping up. With convenience usually driving the adoption of new technologies, there seems to be a shift towards quality and a focus on developing existing technologies to make them smarter, faster and more reliable.
That said there is certainly an abundance of innovation taking centre stage, from self-watering flower pots, huge developments in 3D printing, IoT, a surge in wearable technologies and in our eyes a revolution in high quality audio.
Below we share our three trends from the show as we saw it.
High Quality Audio
Hi-res audio is starting to gain some serious traction, with two major launches here at CES. First is the Walkman ZX2 portable music player designed specifically for Hi-Res Audio, and, more excitingly for us, Meridian Audio showcased its MQA technology. MQA was described as “the best product at CES so far” by Michael Brown, Editor of Techive.com and rightly so. It’s a major development in audio, which could potentially revolutionise the industry, the way in which vinyl and the CD once did.
4K Ultra HD
It's not a new technology and has been on the horizon for a while as a premium TV resolution, but 4K is set to take over from Full HD. If what we’ve seen at CES 2015 is anything to go by, it won't be long before manufacturers stop making 1080p televisions below 55-inches, opting for 4K Ultra HD TVs.
One TV that set itself aside from the competition is Sony’s new Bravia 4K Ultra HD TV. All three models feature an ultra-thin “floating” style creating a near-frameless shape that can be mounted right up against the wall.
Continuing the TV trends, curved TVs are still a main focus for manufacturers and CES is still the platform to launch them, though we don’t believe they will be around at next year’s CES nor will the average consumer be rushing out to buy them.
It’s clear that people see a need for wearables to help them manage their health, track their fitness goals or use them in business meetings, and the number of launches at the show is a clear indication that the industry believes it is a trend set to stay. Wearables can offer a more personal experience, working in harmony with the human body; one smartwatch we saw claims to measure the amount of calories you consume in a day.Another monitored sleep patterns, while the majority of smartwatches measure the number of steps taken each day and fitness activities undertaken.
As our parent company, Imagination Technologies is one of the official launch partners of Android Wear, the operating system designed by Google for output wearables like smartwatches. We like to think we know what we’re talking about and it’s fair to say we are excited by the latest developments and look forward to seeing those that prosper.