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Over the past week you have probably heard some buzz about CES, the Consumer Electronics show, which is held annually in Las Vegas: it’s basically a massive trade show focused on the latest hardware, gadgets and accessories. Attendees and journalists spend the first week of the New Year geeking out over the newest TVs, discussing Apple (who is never officially there) and trying to predict our connected future. The focus for the last couple of years has been on wearables, 3D printers, higher definition TVs and the connected home. And after reading this year’s coverage, I gathered that the show was more of the same, but evolving. Here are three key trends and an announcement that came out of CES 2015’s show.
Making wearables more wearable
While wearables are still in their early stages, the focus on making them more wearable (and fashionable) as well as more useful. They are gaining the most traction and investment in the healthcare space, but companies were showcasing wearables for athletes, better sex and even self-defense (3-D printed, naturally).
Investing in diversity
Intel used the backdrop of CES to announce a $300 million initiative to diversify the tech workforce. While not a shiny new gadget, a much needed breath of fresh air in an industry that has come under fire for its lack of diversity and debated “meritocracy.”
Here are a few more good roundup links on this year’s trends to keep you in the know:
The top eleven tech trends of the Consumer Electronics Show
Eight Top Trends at CES 2015