Televisions are making big waves at the CES this year, with Samsung, Sony and LG announcing premium screens that look beautiful and awe inspiring. The image quality isn’t the only addition to television sets, as companies innovate and mature what a smart TV is. CES 2016 is showing where smart home entertainment is heading with Samsung, Sony and LG leading the pack.
Technology is heading in interesting directions. With the Internet of Things connecting everyday items that weren’t digital before, new materials being used to create beautiful screens and the internal hardware of digital devices becoming inexpensive and opening up new markets of customers to digital technology. The CES 2016 consumer technology show gives developers and individuals a look at what’s to come in the future.
PINE A64 mini computer, found on Kickstarter, is a 64-bit high performance expandable single board computer (SBC) that is similar to the Raspberry Pi. Except with more power at your disposal. These new tiny computer boards are in a fight to be the cheapest computer available. The use of devices like the PINE A64 is up to you. The device can be used for work, entertainment or education. To know how to use their devices to suit your needs is something you have to learn, and knowledge of programming and computing possibilities isn’t a bad thing to have an understanding of.
Microsoft finally worked out how to make a tablet that can replace your laptop. Apple designed the Watch which is a step forward in hardware and will shine when developers create killer apps that demand the Watch be on your wrist. Epson finally changed the way people print with the Eco-Tank printer series. Sony’s Playstation 4 and Roku 3 showed what a device with focus and a specific job to do (Instead of being another device that attempts to do everything). Below is a list of my favourite digital devices from 2015. It was a tough list to make, but these are the devices that impressed the most and are the top 5 must have gadgets for 2015.
Revols is aiming to bring a “REVOLution” to earphones. The promise of the Revols earphones is that they will mould to your ears in 60 seconds. To mould to the shape of your ears, Revols will have an app that controls the moulding process. The earphones start in a gel-like state and become permanently hardened to customise the shape of the user’s ear.
Smart watches are limited to what they can do due to their small size. The decision that smart watch designers have to make it what features will the wear need the most. Users will need to compromise on functions to find one that best suits their needs. BLOCKS is a modular smartwatch that gives users the choice of what functions that want with the ability to change modules.
Learning is something that helps something to grow and mature into something more than what it previously was. Google has been developing ways for machines to learn, starting with DistBelief back in 2011. DistBelief was a first generation device that could do some amazing things, like learn a concept like “cat” from unlabelled YouTube images. As with all first generation devices, there were limitations to be figured out.
TensorFlow is a second generation development from Google that takes DistBelief to a different level. One issue with Distbelief was its reliance on Google’s internal infrastructure. This reliance made it near impossible to share research code with those on the outside. TensorFlow is released as open source; Google announced on the Google Research blog.