Las Vegas, NV – If you visited CES this year, you may have noticed that the technologies from last year that seemed light years away are finally ready for the consumer. From drones to turnkey 3D printers, there is something for all of us. Here are a few of the things that I am particularly excited about.


Samsung’s entire booth space was centered around IoT (The hot term this year at CES), and as it should be. As most of their new products and technologies can now connect and communicate thru a common protocol. This basically will make anything in your life “smart” as it were.


Intel’s RealSense technologies took physical form this year as sensors hooked up to many outputs including this human datascanner. By doing a simple front and back body scan from the sensor mounted above the screen, a very large array of body type data was pulled, computed and displayed back to the user.


Intel’s RealSense also made an appearance in this drone. (This is one of the ways IoT can “see”). The drone operator had to do minimal hands-on flying as the drone, himself and the environment were all mapped into the IoT. The camera on the drone followed the operator in full 360, while the drone itself followed the user around the space and was “smart” enough not to hit any obstacles. All this with zero input from the drone operator aside from the initial setup.


Samsung’s giant 170″ SUHD TV was bright enough to get a sunburn. Deemed the world’s largest, the massive screen pumped thru what looked like a very high refresh rate at 8K. Very impressive.


Sony made some visual waves with their new ultra short throw / short focus projectors. From a projector that emits a 100″ screen from the bottom of a wall, to a IoT connected, mountable mini-projector. These refined products may do away with the traditional screen in the near future.


Samsung’s 65″ Perfect slim monitor is the thinnest I’ve ever seen. Not to mention pretty much doing away with the bezel, the ultra thin display also is curved for that extra high-end appeal.


Dassault Systemes had a very interactive set up for their data based imaging technology. Using the HTC Vive in combination with a couple Microsoft Kinect sensors, a user would first have their 3D cloud photo taken with two linked Kinect sensors. Then, the user is able to paint in 3D around their 3D cloud photo. The experience was very easy to pick up and create with. An output video was then made and sent out to it’s participants. Although, I’m still waiting on mine.

About the Author:

As Strategist of Innovation, Drew is charged daily with championing innovative thinking and doing. Drew is part of a global team that leads new innovative ideas that attract different advocates among existing and potential brands that are shared across all agency partners. Drew is backed by over 16 years of brand, sales and marketing experience with Fortune 500 companies such as Progressive and Nationwide Insurance as well as Founder & President of his own healthcare insurance agency for 6 years. Most recently Drew was part of the agency team that launched Briviact for UCB, Foundation Medicine as well as key roles with Eli Lilly Oncology and Johnson & Johnson.