New consumer technologies just keep emerging. Some of them seem cool, some seem strange, and some appear a little too futuristic or out of this world. One thing is for sure, as long as people have needs, the minds behind technological innovations will always be striving to fulfill them.
Check out these trends in consumer technologies for the home and personal use:
- Curved display
The premise behind the curved displays is to have less distortion, glare, and light intrusion. LG has come out with a 6-inch smartphone with a subtle curve behind the screen (LG G Flex) while Samsung showed off a 105-inch curved UHD television. Samsung has even introduced a special edition Galaxy Note Edge that incorporates the curved display.
- Game streaming
PlayStation Now has just revolutionized the gaming industry. Its goal is to address the frustration of having to purchase disc or download to play games. PlayStation Now is a game streaming service that allows players instantly access the most updated versions of games for PS3, PS4 and PS Vita. Users can also rent the games that interest them instead of buying in full right away.
- Health and personal safety indicators
There has been a big drive to make health and safety indicators portable and available to the population, especially since there is a surge of lifestyle diseases and not that much time to get checkups. Here are a few gadgets in this trend:
- Scanadu Scout – small sensor that measures vital signs (temperature, blood pressure, heart rate) without the need to touch
- Aura Breathalyzer – handheld screening device for checking blood alcohol content; sleek and stylish too
- 3-D Camera
Intel has come out with the RealSense camera, a small device that can fit at the top of a tablet or laptop. Thanks to the infrared and color-mapping technology, it can create 3-D images, which can be useful for gaming, video image manipulation, and motion detection. Overall, it is just pretty cool to have a 3-D camera, don’t you think?
- Home safety gadgets
Who doesn’t want a safer home? Nowadays, home techs are getting smarter and the trend is to allow homeowners to have access to home information even when they are away. These two are the latest in 2014:
- DoorBot – Wi-Fi enabled doorbell that allows owner to speak with incoming visitors using the video call function of an Android or iOS smartphone. It also works with several devices so anyone at home can answer the DoorBot.
- Kwikset Kevo powered by UniKey – It is inconspicuous because it looks just like any other front door bolt lock, but it is actually operated by the touch of a finger. Virtual keys can be assigned, and monitoring is possible with Kevo app.
These consumer technologies are already very cool, but they are far from the last ones we will see. The coming years will surely present more surreal techs to blow our minds with the features.