The Monday of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is always about looking forward to what's going to happen in the future. Experts from the technology world gave their opinions on what mobile technology will look like in years to come.
This year, everyone was sure technology that can be worn will be big. But it was odd that no one currently knows what it’ll look like. Even stranger, no one knows exactly what it’ll do.
At the moment we have smartwatches, which are like remote controls for our smartphones. CES experts see wearable technology as doing things without us having to control it. Whether it records the level of food in your fridge and lets you know when you’re running out, or tells you if your blood sugar gets too low, wearable technology will explode. But no expert yet can tell you exactly how.
When it comes to fitness, there are a few devices already on sale. We have Fitbit as well as the Nike Fuelband. CES experts were all certain wearable devices will help with fitness and health, but again couldn’t pinpoint exactly how. So Carphone Warehouse will find out later this week what new wearable technology is being built.
The experts at CES kept mentioning cloud services. This is a complex way of saying storing things on the internet. Netflix is a cloud service as your movies are stored on the internet. And it's the future.
Less and less of our photos, videos and services like Netflix and Spotify will be stored on our phones, computers and tablets. Instead, it will all be based on the internet. It makes it easy to access anything you want, even if you keep swapping devices.
25% of females own a tablet and a smartphone. For males the figure is 20%. Technology is not just for the boys. The girls are just as keen.
This means that more and more technology will be designed and built with females in mind. We can see this already with the wider range of colours smartphones now come in, and more compact phones like the Sony Xperia™ Z1 Compact.
No matter what technology is being created, for the moment the smartphone will be at the centre. Whether it’s digital fridges, fitness devices or ways of creating digital keys for your house, the smartphone is what links it all up and makes it work. In fact, CES experts said that the smartphone is the reason all this amazing technology even exists.
Because smartphones use touchscreens, they’ve changed everything. Think of Windows 8. It’s now designed to make it easier to use with your finger instead of a mouse. The internet will begin to morph to make it easier to use on touchscreens.
But where will this go? Once smartphones begin to use voice activation more and more, the internet and even operating systems like Windows will follow.
We’ll have plenty more from CES in the next few days, so keep checking back for more news on the latest technology.
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