Article by: Lucas Ramos
Illustration by: Sung Hee Bae
The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is an annual event in which companies have the opportunity to showcase technological gadgets and innovations. Many top technological companies make major reveals in this internationally-renowned convention. On the other hand, budding start-up companies likewise vie for the attention of consumers present.
One innovative technology that is currently showcased at CES is autonomous cars– something that has been mostly a dream, but is now slowly becoming reality. While Google will likely be the first company to release self-driving cars, other more mainstream car manufacturers including Audi are following suit with their own designs. For example, the manufacturer’s Audi A7 Sportsback showcased its autonomous no-driver capabilities by taking a 550-mile trip from Silicon Valley to the CES convention. Audi aims to release the model on the market in 2016, which shows just how near this driverless future might be. While still being a work in progress, this is an ambitious move to set the automobile trend of the future. On the other hand, Mercedes-Benz’s F 015 Luxury in Motion concept shows how the manufacturer envisions autonomous car rides to be comfortable. The car’s luxurious living-room style interior will allow consumers to relax while they are taken on a soft ride. Self-driving cars are coming close to reality, and some are fully ready to be released to the wild.
While CES can showcase large-scale technological developments in the automobile industry, it also exhibits other smaller gadgets designed to make life easier. Whether it is a coffee machine controlled from a linked app, an automatic cooking oven, or a baby bottle that monitors how much is being drunk, the majority of these devices work in conjunction with smartphones.
One such interesting device revealed at CES is simply known as the Ring. Made by Logbar, the device allows people to use simple gestures to finish certain tasks, including turning on the lights or the TV, and opening window curtains. Overall, it seems that the future is bringing many exciting developments that will occupy every nook and cranny of our lives.
Technology is developing at an astounding rate, and I can imagine these objects being a regular part in our lives within the next decade. I feel that these new pieces of technology will make life extraordinarily different from what we have now, but will likely still feel as natural as our day-to-day life today.