2016 CES Trend Report

Every year at the Consumer Electronics Show, thousands of exhibitors from around the world bring new technologies for attendees to ogle and envy. It can be an overwhelming experience to say the least.

 

Our Los Angeles creative director at Telefonix PDT (and CES veteran) Joel Delman sat down with the Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) to discuss his game plan ahead of time for navigating the show:

From quirky to practical, the team uncovered truly new and interesting categories of products and services that are relevant to our clients.

 

"Because connectivity, entertainment and comfort are experiences we aim to deliver in the IFEC and cabin solutions we partner with our customers to create, CES is a must-attend event for us," says Jim Costello, Telefonix PDT Chief Technology Officer. "There are many user experience parallels from this industry as well as technology developments that can be leveraged in unique ways."

 

This report highlights the gadgets, devices and technologies which set the trends in markets beyond the exhibit halls.

I aim to report on novel technologies and new uses of old technologies that can often be found in the small booths, where the startups are, in the back corners of the expo."

01 mHealth & Wearables

While manufacturers have targeted health and wellness for many years, this year's crop of new gadgets were more focused on discreet aspects of that market than ever before. From sensor-laden devices for bodybuilders to high-tech bad breath detectors, it seems most every area of our lives and lifestyle can now be enhanced through technology. As we look at these discreet solutions, we wonder how they might evolve into products that can perhaps help us maintain our health by alerting us to dangers or simply offer ways to keep ourselves on track with goals during our time away from home.

CES 2016 trends from product design and development firm
CES 2016 trends from product design and development firm
CES 2016 trends from product design and development firm
CES 2016 trends from product design and development firm
CES 2016 trends from product design and development firm
CES 2016 trends from product design and development firm
CES 2016 trends from product design and development firm
CES 2016 trends from product design and development firm
CES 2016 trends from product design and development firm

Bringing mobile tech to the bedside... Good thinking on the specialized medstand for @Standzout

Most beautiful fitness tracker at #CES2016 hands down @fitbit Blaze. That tan leather band is calling to me

Spoon helps rapidly growing demographic with less than steady hands eat without stress @gyenno

Mint by @Breathometer measures kissability and oral health, integrates with @PhilipsSonicare

Medical grade EKG for everyday tracking of heart health by @getqardio takes wearables to new market

Smart-B Trainer from @Sony tracks performance and adjusts your playlist to maximize workout

Go activity and sleep tracker by @Withings uses #eink display, super friendly #userexperience

Savvy workout tracker by @MYZONEmoves builds loyalty to fitness clubs... Great business model

#mHealth #Wearables supported by big insurance presence at #CES2016 @myUHC

CES 2016 trends from product design and development firm
CES 2016 trends from product design and development firm
CES 2016 trends from product design and development firm
CES 2016 trends from product design and development firm
CES 2016 trends from product design and development firm
CES 2016 trends from product design and development firm

Sleek device @skulpt_me is first to focus on muscle building rather than aerobic fitness

Activity tracking and safety alerts with real #fashion cred, @wisewear hits Bloomies next month

Ultimate running fitness tracker by @SensoriaInc, first fully developed line of smart clothing

Thermo by @Withings, most elegant and accurate wireless thermometer at #CES2016

Bewell connect by @Visiomed, comprehensive

New entry in connected fitness @underarmour with bold red branding, real sports cred

Loctek's ergonomic desk bike. See our vision of a bike onboard >

02 Connected Home

2016 was the year the "Connected Home" went from Jetsons to Johnsons. A wide variety of systems promising easy integration and affordable price points were presented, and we're betting features like keyless entry, smart thermostats, automated lighting and the like will soon become the norm in new homes. Most intriguing, though, were the ways these technologies are beginning to interface with our homes away from home, whether you're across town at your in-laws' house or over the Pacific on the way to a conference.

CES 2016 trends from product design and development firm
CES 2016 trends from product design and development firm
CES 2016 trends from product design and development firm
CES 2016 trends from product design and development firm
CES 2016 trends from product design and development firm
CES 2016 trends from product design and development firm
CES 2016 trends from product design and development firm
CES 2016 trends from product design and development firm

#smarthome category really matured at #CES2016 Monitor and improve home energy use and comfort with @Ubiant

health and #wellness now for your home, @netatmo measures air quality and other factors

Gorgeous mySight WiFi cam... @iLuv_world really gets the value of remote video in people's lives

Smart solution to minimize water use when washing clothes from @LGUS

This lovely device makes the wired phone relevant again... Family friendly connectivity

I've now seen it all at #CES2016... I present Laundroid, world's first automated laundry folding system

Smart service by @ADT & @Samsung tweets seamlessly integrates every device you need for a #smarthome

New Smart remote by @Sony uses #eink to personalize functions to control anything in your house

SengLED: Smart Bulbs connect your home with built-in JBL speakers

CES 2016 trends from product design and development firm

New COR thermostat from @CarrierAtHome is serious competition for Nest

CES 2016 trends from product design and development firm
03 Auto

Much has been written about the increasingly car-focused nature of CES's famous North Hall, and there were certainly several advancements worth noting. This year saw several exciting product introductions in the electrical vehicle space, which is near and dear to our hearts, as well as advances in autonomous driving. However, despite the cool factor of the automobile introductions themselves, we found even more excitement in the subtle technologies and promising ecosystems beginning to emerge in this market. We expect to see some of these advances inspire more connected travel solutions on land and in the air over the coming years.

CES 2016 trends from product design and development firm
CES 2016 trends from product design and development firm
CES 2016 trends from product design and development firm
CES 2016 trends from product design and development firm
CES 2016 trends from product design and development firm
CES 2016 trends from product design and development firm
CES 2016 trends from product design and development firm
CES 2016 trends from product design and development firm
CES 2016 trends from product design and development firm

After some head scratching last year, Windows are back on @MercedesBenz featured #CES2016 car

Personalized, convenient urban mobility and car sharing by @letsdrivenyc... very smart solution

FCV Plus from @Toyota generates power for your house and shares to the grid. And it also drives.

Every #CarAudio firm showing road mounted products to take your tunes into great outdoors

Will driving in the future really be like a bad video game? Please count me out.

The Control4 smart home app for the connected car.. One-touch smart home integration from any Android phone

Honda Clarity fuel cell car, to be first sold in California, and Power Exporter 9000 vehicle-to-home charging system lets your car power your lights when parked in the garage

#blackberry introduces new driver interaction, connectivity and automation system @QNX_Auto

#CES2016 is officially becoming an auto show... @ZF shows how cars will interact with drivers

First digital license plate... Very cool concept with genuine near term potential @verizon

Smart connectivity for any car, well executed idea from @Voyo starts shipping next month

Ford's Sync Connect lets you talk to Amazon's Echo, and Alexa to talk to your car

Smart-B Trainer from @Sony tracks performance and adjusts your playlist to maximize workout

BMW's Air Touch system

Chevy Bolt: the company's answer to Tesla is expected to have a range of 200 miles on a single charge

Qualcomm Halo Wireless Electric Vehicle Charging

Faraday took CES by storm with their EV that claims to be a car of concepts - more than just a concept car

04 Cool Tech

CES is known for showcasing new concepts which push the envelope of practicality, but 2016 had fewer "out there" ideas than any CES in recent memory. That being said, only fifteen years ago, Wi-Fi in the air seemed to still be an "out there" concept, and now it's a reality. So, perhaps this is more of a commentary on how "out there" ideas have become a part of our everyday lives. We can't wait to see and help bring WHAT'S NEXT to life.

CES 2016 trends from product design and development firm
CES 2016 trends from product design and development firm
CES 2016 trends from product design and development firm
CES 2016 trends from product design and development firm
CES 2016 trends from product design and development firm
CES 2016 trends from product design and development firm
CES 2016 trends from product design and development firm
CES 2016 trends from product design and development firm

I'm finally blown away by a TV at #CES2016... @LGUS Picture on Glass is remarkably cool

Many have tried to perfect the folding keyboard, but I think @LGUS absolutely nailed this design

Bring your device along for the ride, and light the way with a smart USB headlight from @iOttie

Antimicrobial cleaning and care for your tech... Wonderful branding and they've hit on a need

If you jump out of a plane and land on a bike driving over a waterfall but aren't wearing a #GoPro, did it really happen?

Serious new competition in #ActionCam market, from @NikonUSA's keymission360

Tiny camera may change the way we capture and share experiences... @360fly is GoPro on steroids

Swoosh... ShotTracker smart ball by @Spalding helps you achieve your best on the Bball court

Kinda cool... @my_wraps make a great bracelet, and a handy set of earphones

CES 2016 trends from product design and development firm

Triby messaging and music-playing gadget by @Invoxia connects your family via @Amazon's Echo

CES 2016 trends from product design and development firm

Garmin's Varia Vision: Google Glass focused on the needs of bicyclists

CES 2016 trends from product design and development firm

Gemio smart bracelets: new tool for social networking teens send secret messages via light patterns

Cute Nima from @6sensorlabs has serious function: tests for gluten in food in under 2 minutes

Deeper connected fish finder takes the guesswork out of fishing, maybe some of the fun too?

Waking up to sound is so last year... SensorWake uses scent cartridges to gently start your day

PILOT ECO USBCELL are AA/AAA batteries with a USB/micro-USB that can be recharged up to 500 times

Teslink, Gill Electronics and Qualcomm partnered on an alternative charging scheme using an RF signal to excite and oscillator in the receiving device that charges a battery. Deos not require specific placement over a coil.

The company offers services beginning with user research and concept development, continuing with user experience design thru mechanical and electrical engineering, software development, prototyping, certification and testing, and, finally, ongoing manufacturing and lifecycle management. Telefonix was founded on the strength of its retractable cabling technology, while PDT was founded on its understanding of the consumer electronics industry. Together, Telefonix PDT has evolved its competencies delivering successful product solutions to customers around the world. The company’s latest innovations are centered around its Summit line of Inflight Entertainment and Connectivity (IFEC) equipment, which is comprised of state-of-the-art system components that serve as building blocks to create or customize the ideal IFEC system.

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