CES 2015 is just around the corner and this year’s event is filled with more mystery than ever before.
Unlike in previous years, we just don’t know what’s going to be announced. Today, I’m going to give you some bragging rights in your nerdy group of friends and list 5 things you can expect from CES 2015:
5) New virtual reality headsets
Oculus Rift has already spawned a wave of copycat devices, and CES 2015 will provide a venue for those competitors to show off their wares.
Razer is expected to launch a $200 virtual reality headset, for example, which will first launch as a development kit. It’s called Open Source Virtual Reality and Razer is apparently launching the initiative not to compete with Oculus Rift, but instead to kickstart the virtual reality industry. That’s nice of them.
At the same time, Oculus themselves is expected to release a new Oculus Rift headset. Six months ago, Oculus revealed the Crescent Bay prototype, but it appears that they’re already ready to release another one.
People are excited because Oculus just acquired the camera and hand tracking company Nimble VR, which lets you see your hands in-game and interact with your surroundings. The new Oculus Rift headset could give users this functionality, which would be amazing for the future of gaming.
4) More smart appliances
A couple years ago, fridges, washing machines, and microwaves with computers were called “smart appliances.” In 2014, however, everybody starting calling this industry “the internet of things”, which sounds so freaking stupid.
Still, it’s a more accurate term than smart appliances, because the internet of things includes everything from Nest thermostats to clothing to drones.
At CES 2015, you can expect many more internet of things-style devices, including washing machines, microwaves, fridges, and more.
3) Smarter cars
Thankfully, smart cars don’t typically fall under the “internet of things” umbrella. CES 2015 is actually half a car show: typically, half the convention floor is filled with cars.
We’re not quite at the point where driverless cars are being showed off at CES 2015 (maybe wait for CES 2020). However, expect automakers like Tesla to show off their driver-assisted cars with online integration and other nifty “smart” features.
2) More wearables
Last year was predicted to be the year of the wearable. But that never really happened. Yes, there were dozens of Android smart watches released and various fitness trackers. But have you ever actually seen someone wearing a smartwatch?
I haven’t. At CES 2015, that could change. Wearable products are expected to mature over the next year. And of course, Apple is releasing their much-anticipated (and much-delayed) Apple Watch at some point over the next few months.
1) 5K Displays
4K displays are so CES 2014. At CES 2015, more manufacturers are expected to reveal 5K displays. Dell and Apple both released 5K displays in September 2014 (Apple’s newest iMac has a 5K display).
Expect more manufacturers to jump on board the 5K revolution at CES 2015. Hopefully, that means lower prices. Dell’s current 5K display retails for $2500, while the newest iMac costs $2,749. Both screens are 27 inches in size.
You can buy 80+ inch TVs for that price, so buying a high-resolution 27-inch monitor for over $2500 isn’t practical for most consumers. Hopefully, we’ll see increased competition arrive to the industry at CES 2015.
Will any of these predictions be correct? We’ll have to wait until January 6 to 9, 2015 to find out.