Shiny New Gadgets to Smart Homes and Beyond: A CES 2015 Preview

Shiny New Gadgets to Smart Homes and Beyond: A CES 2015 Preview

For technology enthusiasts, Las Vegas is about to get even more wild and crazy. Next week kicks off CES 2015, otherwise known as the Consumer Electronics Show. Yes, that show. It's like the mega convention for all things technology.

This year's iteration is being held in Sin City January 6 to 9. The 2015 CES will feature more than 3,500 exhibitors and is expected to attract more than 160,000 industry professionals from all walks of tech.

Beyond faster computers, bigger TVs and the flashiest new smart phones, you're probably wondering, "What can I expect from CES this year?" Fortunately, we have some answers.

While gadgets like cameras, TVs and phones are great, this year we'll also see more of a “digitization of our physical space," says Shawn DuBravac, chief economist and senior director of research for Consumer Electronics Association. Translation: The Internet of Things is changing everything.

"We're looking at the commercialization and viability of technological innovation," DuBravac explains. "Instead of 'Is it possible?' we're wondering, 'Is it meaningful?'"

One area that's sure to see some action in this regard is the smart home. We got a taste of smart-home technology at last year's CES and it looks like 2015 will have even more. New this year is something called the Smart Home Marketplace, a 25,000 square-foot exhibitor area dedicated to smart home tech. Think stuff like customized security monitoring and home automation -- and beyond. Major exhibitors will include companies like ADT, Bosch Honeywell, Lowe's and Logitech.

“We’ll see real use-case scenarios coming out of the technologies we’ve been talking about,” DuBravac says.
 


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