The Consumer Electronics Show is not the only indicator of hot new trends developing in the market. That said, the products and services introduced and exhibited during CES always generate a lot of excitement and show potential trends we should follow.

The 2018 CES is no different. There was a lot of interesting new tech that fit with the trends shaping up in the market right now. New wearables, better health gadgets, and technology for smarter homes are just a few of the top trends to watch. In this article, we are going to dig deeper and take a closer look at the five technology trends that will take this year by storm.

Android as an Ecosystem

While most consumers focus more on devices and new smartphones, there is an interesting trend brewing in the background: Android as an ecosystem. As an operating system, Android offers so much. It is available for phones and tablets as well as wearables.

The Android and Chrome OS convergence is another big indicator of this trend. Google is making both operating systems more related to each other by allowing Chrome OS devices to run Android apps. Google Assistant is also available on Chrome OS, making the convergence a very significant move.

AI for Consumers

Artificial Intelligence or AI has been at the forefront of innovation, particularly for enterprise users. AI enables companies to gather, process, and understand more data than ever before. It also helps with things such as automation.

There is no doubt that AI will be a big part of consumer tech going forward. Google Assistant, Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri, and the new generation of smart assistants and AI-based features are becoming so advanced that they can cater to each user’s personal needs and preferences.

Smart(er) Homes

Smart home tech is also creating lots of headlines right now. Smart hubs are getting smarter and more compatible with other devices. There are third-party OEMs producing smart hubs designed to work with multiple systems, with users having the final say.

Home appliances are getting much smarter too. On top of that, appliances can now communicate and work with each other in a seamless and streamlined way. Based on what we have seen during the 2018 CES, 2018 is the year of smarter homes indeed.

Immersive Interaction

For so many years, we have relied on certain input methods to interact with technology. Manual input methods such keypress or mouse click and touch-based input have reached their limit, which is why tech companies are developing new ways to interact with their products.

Voice is already big, especially with smarter virtual assistants and AI powering this type of interaction. The introduction of Augmented Reality (AR) and other types of technology will certainly open the gate for a more immersive interaction with technology.

AV Technology

We’ve been seeing AV technology used quite a lot in education over the past couple of years, and this is set to expand further in 2018.  If you’re wondering what an AV receiver does, this link explains what one actually does, but in simplified terms, an AV receiver is able to transmit audio and visual signals from any input device to a display.  Not only has this been useful in classrooms, but it’s becoming especially popular with those who want a home cinema experience.  Visit this resource on choosing your AV receivers to find out more.

Emphasis on User Experience

The growing focus on user experience or UX is difficult to miss. OEMs can no longer design their products without taking into account the user experience they want to deliver. Users are more sensitive to UX elements too, so expect to see things such as gadgets that feel really good in the hand, user interfaces with more fluid animations, and a generally better experience from the best tech products of the future.

These trends are not just shaping up slowly and following the course of the market. They are taking the tech world by storm and breaking boundaries like never before. Things can only get more exciting from here on in.

 

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