The Consumer Electronic Show 2014
We just came back for the Consumer Electronic Show (CES), where we saw the future trends of the industry. We have been attending this show over the past seven years and it keeps on getting bigger. With over 150,000 attendees, this is now the largest consumer electronics show in the world.
The focus of this year's show was on smart devices. What does this mean? This is the trend of putting advanced sensors, electronics and internet-like connectivity in everything from fit bands, and watches to a basketball. Using the smart basketball allows you to have a coach on your smartphone. The app measures shot angle, release speed and back spin to help you improve your game. We continue to expect more innovation in new smart devices that will enhance (or maybe frustrate) our lives.
The newest trend in TVs is bendable TV screens. Its purpose is to offer better viewing angles and a more immersive experience time. Will it just be a fad? The past trends of 3D-television and smart TVs were a disappointment when launched to market. We, and the rest of the world, are awaiting Apple's potential entry into the TV market.
Another trend we saw was 3D printing. Once only for high-end industrial consumers, this technology is now going mainstream. Consumer 3D printers have typically produced a wide range of products such as art, toys, jewelry, etc. Have you ever dreamed of making your own personalized candy? The Chefjet printer has the ability to produce sugar-based 3D edible models. Because of 3D printing we are entering a new world of customization.
Innovation is alive and well at the CES this year. We believe the best way to participate in the innovation is by investing in the "Internet of Things" supply chain. Smart devices will drive tremendous growth for new sensors and connectivity technology.