Hi from CES!
This year, I’m going to bring more of my life on to the blog and one of the things is more technology from the perspective of my family. My family is actually pretty tech savvy because of my husband’s professional experiences but also because as a family, we all honestly have inquisitive personalities.
CES is the largest consumer technology show in the world. There are more than 3,800 exhibitors bringing the best and most innovative in tech trends and products. Over the next few days, I’ll be taking a lot more in but I wanted to share just two of the major CES trends that I’m observing with you.
CES Trends #1: We’re All Going to Be Living with the Internet of Things (IOT)
One of the big things that everyone is talking about at CES is the Internet of Things (IOT). Short version, IOT is the collection of all the objects that are able to collect and exchange data while connected to the Internet. In practical application, it’s all the items that you have an app for on your phone or connect to the Internet.
The IOT comes in big and small items. It’s even as big as the City of Denver through their partnership with Panasonic to create a truly Smart City. Denver is monitoring so much of their city through the Internet from traffic patterns, city works service routes, air quality, etc. that has a true impact on their residents and visitors. I feel like I need to take a visit just to see it for myself.
IOT is the Amazon Echo that you connect to the Internet and can control with your voice seamlessly. It’s the FitBit that syncs wirelessly with your apps to provide a complete profile of your fitness activities. For me, one IOT item is the Lyric smart thermostat we have in our house that tells me the outside temperature and can sense if I’m home/away to adjust itself accordingly. It was a little weird for the first couple weeks but now I love having the Lyric as part of our home.
Just know that the Internet of Things has been here for in some form for a while but it’s going to spread to more areas of our lives sooner rather than later.
CES Trends #2: Your Life is Going to Get Simpler Once You Set Things Up
There are tons of products that are going to make your life simpler, more personalized and actually save you money soon as you buy them and set them up. I say this half-jokingly but there will be an initial investment in the purchase and set-up of these products that’s going to require a little more effort on your part for a greater return on the backend. There will be an impact from the smallest things like making your custom profile of coffee based on the time of day to changing how you experience travel.
We love travel but probably like you hate the inconvenience and lines when you’re soooo close to starting a vacation??? You can’t imagine how impatient a four year old can be when he can see the beach but we haven’t gotten a room key yet.
Imagine not having to wait in the huge lines at the cruise terminal to scan in your passport, take your picture and most importantly get your room key because you’ve done it at home in advance?
Carnival Corporation is totally taking the stress out of the vacation by introducing the Ocean Medallion™, a first-of-its-kind wearable device to enhance the guest experience. Guests will be able to use the optional Ocean Compass™, a digital experience portal available online, on smart devices, on kiosks in home ports, on stateroom TVs, on interactive surfaces located throughout the cruise ship and on devices carried by all guest service hosts.
The Ocean Medallion is the size of a wearable and you can personalize how you wear it. My boys might have it on their wrist like a watch while I can wear it as a necklace. Also because of the technology, it’ll be able to personalize our experience on board allowing me to even order a snacks or a drink to be delivered to me once on board.