We took a look at the devices on display to identify the communication technologies that could be entering Australian homes soon. A key theme that emerged is that 2016 could be the year that technology failures from previous years finally find success.

20 January 2016
CES 2016—Old ideas moving closer to success

As the world's largest exhibition of consumer electronics, CES (Consumer Electronics Show) has been the launching pad for a raft of communication technologies now enjoyed in our everyday lives.

With displays from 3,600 companies and spread over 2.4 million square feet, CES provides an insight into new consumer technologies that will influence the way we interact, work, communicate and live our lives into the future.

We took a look at the devices on display to identify the communication technologies that could be entering Australian homes soon. A key theme that emerged is that 2016 could be the year that technology failures from previous years finally find success.

The smart fridge first hit the market in 2000, but has experienced difficulty in capturing the interest of critics and consumers alike. However, as Australians accelerate their take up of home-delivered shopping and become more familiar with 'Internet of Things' concepts, the old idea of a smart fridge has become more appealing. One smart fridge on display at CES had a giant touchscreen built into its doors allowing online purchases. Internal cameras will send a picture of your fridge's contents to your smartphone when you are out shopping.

CES also included a wide range of virtual reality (VR) equipment as VR becomes much more than an immersive gaming experience. Thanks to the development of cameras capable of shooting in 360 degrees, VR is beginning to offer a truly immersive communications experience that can be used across business, education and of course, social media.

Retro-tech with a dash of modern convenience was also on trend at CES 2016. Polaroid has combined nostalgia and modern communications with the Snap+—a digital camera that can both upload photos to the internet and instantly print them. Now with the touch of a button users can have a cool vintage photo to stick up on their wall, whilst simultaneously posting said photo to their Facebook wall.

CES 2016 featured a wide range of new products, some of which will be a hit, and some of which will fail. The CES remains a highly effective testing ground for the consumer products of the future.