LAS VEGAS – The Consumer Electronics show curtain raiser, dubbed "CES Unveiled," offered a glimpse of consumer market trends and how small and mid-sized companies are leveraging emerging technologies to create variations on existing products.
One unmistakable trend here is the proliferation of devices using wireless (Wi-Fi and Bluetooth) and sensors, along with gadgets designed to work with apps running on smartphones and tablets.
In the pages that follow, we highlight some of the latest devices that just might catch on with consumers in 2013.
A stylish stylus
Dexim Santom USA showed several products, including the "Music Talking Stylus" designed for use with iPhones and iPads. Besides serving as a touch-screen stylus, the pen communicates via Bluetooth to your smartphone and tablet, allowing users to wirelessly listen to both music and phone messages. The stylus comes with a built-in volume button.
The personal drone sounds like Big Brother at home, but I could see some applications such as following those with early onset Alzheimers. They could take walks with the drone available in case they become disoriented. Sounds like snooping, but as someone who had parents with health issues, it takes a real burden off the caregivers.
Also, the use of alternatives to prison sentences for minor offences is increasing. This would allow someone with an electronic handcuff to go to certain locations and still be monitored. This a lot cheaper than institutionalizing. In California, this is a major issue with prison overcrowding.