We sent a couple of our top developers to CES this year. Here are some highlights…

Robots

The robots our team saw were mainly used for cleaning. Robots to clean your grill. Robots to clean your solar panels. Robots to clean your windows.

Everything Is Connected

From what our devs saw, practically everything is connected to a smartphone. The world of BLE keeps growing and it seems like the possibilities of what you can connect are endless. One of the coolest things they saw? A mattress pad that uses water to either cool or heat your bed that you control with your phone. One issue with this BLE boom is that there is a lot of competing technologies that don’t work together.

Increase in Augmented Reality

I think before we dive into some of the things on exhibit, I should distinguish the difference between augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR). To put it very simply, AR is taking the real-world environment and augmenting (see what I did there) it with some type of computer generated element. VR replaces the real-world with a simulated one.

So now that we’ve gotten the basics out of the way, here is some of the cool stuff we saw at CES. One of our devs was really excited about a sports AR exhibit. A basketball had a BLE chip embedded in it and all the stats of your shot would display on the nearby TV. This is cool because it is essentially a basketball that can teach you how to be a better basketball player.

Another exhibit that our devs liked was an AR program that is used on tablets to assist in car repairs. You open the program and it uses the camera on the tablet to overlay where the engine is and will give you step by step instructions on how to remove it. One of the best parts is that no matter how you move your tablet, you won’t lose the engine. This could either be great for the automotive industry, or it could eliminate the need for mechanics.

This just barely scratches the surface of everything that was at CES 2015, to cover everything would turn this into a ten part series. Was there anything that stuck out to you from the conference? Leave it in the comments.