As a group of people who think about and produce great digital content for a living, we spend a lot of our time outside of work surrounded by and thinking about technology. In the last week we saw the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) take hold of Las Vegas. With it, we learnt of a few new technologies that made us sit up and think.
1. Humanising computers
The mouse and keyboard is ubiquitous in tech, but CES drove home the fact that navigating to our favourite Reddit page is about to become as easy as telling our phone or PC to take us there. Thanks to natural language processing, eye tracking and other new and nerdy technologies, we’re interacting with the virtual world in more human ways. Even the tree’s very own technophobe and Director of Strategy and Development Dawn Boyfield will be happy about this.
2. Man meets machine
Cyborgs. The concept of human and machine merging might sound a little bit far-fetched, but with smartwatches, Bluetooth headsets, smartglasses and Fitbits abound, we’re seeing the robot revolution creep up on us faster than we thought it would. Just look at this electricity-pulsing headband that supposedly improves mood and alertness. This last bit of kit is sure to be a hit with the tree’s Managing Director and resident hedonist (though not during dry January!), Daniel Andrews. After a night in a central London bar, Daniel likes to hit the office feeling fresh, so this magic hangover-reducing headband is perfect.
3. Screens, screens and more screens
Smartphone, tablet and laptop make up the holy trinity of screens we’re all comfortable with. However, CES has shown us that three screens just isn’t enough. Expect to see virtual displays all around us in our day-to-day lives; for example, we’re particularly looking forward to recipe-providing projections on our kitchen surfaces. The tree’s wannabe chefs – Head of Content Ed Fraser and Content Executive Tom Rhodes – really got excited at this one.
4. We’re sensing a change
The world around us is now full of sensors, and the sensor landscape is only going to get denser. Smart rubbish bins collect data from our phones as we walk past, molecular spectrometers measure the food we eat, and wearables track our every thought. Although London has always been ahead of the curve with this sort of futuristic tech, this might even be too intense for the tree’s most London Londener and Sales extraordinaire Anthon Linton.
These are just a few future tech trends we discovered at CES this year, we’re pretty excited about all of them, as you can see.