The future of new tech is currently on display this week at CES 2018, otherwise known as ground zero for all things high-tech, which is being held in Las Vegas. Luckily, though, you don’t have to wade through a sea of sweaty geeks, booth babes and ridiculously large TV installations. Samsung’s 146-inch "The Wall" set? We’ll take three, please!
To get a glimpse of the many innovations that both the CES show and 2018 as a whole will bring, we asked world-renowned trends, tech expert and professional speaker Scott Steinberg, author of Make Change Work for You and founder of SELECT magazine, to take a closer look at 10 pieces of new tech that promise to transform how we live, work and play in the coming months and years ahead.
Read on to find where you’ll soon be splurging on shiny new gear — and how all these supercharged new gadgets aim to reshape the very way we interact with the world around us.
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See all the new tech from CES 2018 that Scott Steinberg saw by scrolling down.
Picture cars, trains, trucks, computers, toys, cameras and even smartphones that can think for themselves, and you’ve got a good idea of how AI promises to transform tomorrow’s world. For example, **ForwardX Robotis CX-1 self-intelligent suitcase can even steer itself behind you at the airport as you sprint to catch a connecting flight. Going forward, AI will only continue to filter down into more applications, such as computer programs that can chat with you online when you need customer service help and support so smart that you think you’re talking to another human. Needless to say, the possibilities when it comes to virtual girlfriends are endless.
Sure, we’re all familiar with Apple Watches, Fitbits and other handy accessories we can slap on our wrist to track everything from the number of steps walked in any given day to our heart rates and sleep cycles. But, this year, you’ll see all sorts of clever implementations of this technology, from bracelets and charms you can use to place voice and video calls, to ingestible sensors and smart pills that can help provide a better sense of just how healthy you are. From smart shirts and shocks designed to improve athletic performance to contraptions like Wagz’ dog collars — which can track your pet and help you see what Fido sees when he randomly starts barking — the future is now!
Virtual reality refers to the practice of creating 3D computer-generated worlds which you can explore and inhabit by donning computerized (and often douchey-looking) headsets. Luckily, explosive interest in the space is resulting in the development of a number of new models designed to be sleeker, sexier and more powerful, and prevent you from getting mercilessly taunted the minute you step out of the house wearing one. For instance: Haven’t checked out HTC’s Vive Pro yet, or new models from Sony, Samsung and LG Electronics? You’ll find that each piece of new tech are worth the peek. Pop one on, and you can take a walk on the moon, explore under the ocean or engage in sci-fi action combat sequences so convincingly real you’ll practically soil yourself the minute you take the plunge.
The Internet Of Things
It’s a simple, yet complex idea — the concept of a network of physical devices, home appliances, vehicles, mobile handsets and other household objects that use high-end electronics, sensors, software and network connectivity to communicate seamlessly with one another online. From app-enabled watches to smart cars and one-touch buttons you can press to automatically activate orders from online merchants like Amazon, we’re growingly living in a world where every high-tech item talks to one another. Look for cities to get more intelligent over the next few years as well, as parking meters, street lights and ticket cameras start to operate with help from the online cloud as well. Pretty soon, we’ll be living in a world where high-tech gadgets can predict just about every need — even down to your preferred morning wake-up call time, heated floor temperature and breakfast cereal.
5G Wireless Technology
Sick of sitting and waiting for YouTube and Snapchat videos to load? Rejoice: 5G wireless technology is about to be the standard — which delivers ultra-high-speed data transfer capabilities to mobile phones and portable devices. Offering near-instantaneous downloads and response times, the new tech is designed to power even more advanced and cutting-edged apps, and make streaming music, movies and games that much more of a seamless and stress-free experience. While coverage is yet to be widespread, it’ll only grow throughout 2018 and beyond — so the next time you’re looking to binge-watch while out and about, consider making the upgrade. Your ADD and stunted attention span will thank you later.