Five Consumer Innovations that Will Lead the Way in 2014


International innovative Consumer Electronics Show (CES) held in Las Vegas, revealed interesting state of the art devices bound to lead the commercial markets this year. Continual improvements in product performance, along with increased competitive pricing of nucleus technologies involved in broadband and computer networks have created instantaneous fresh market sectors across the globe.

People innovate, not labs

Catering to the new age global consumers are several creative technologies introduced at CES 2014 by established and start-up businesses alike. Several corporations participating in the show reinstate current ideologies of digital mediums as a prevalent source of business today, and the outlook of consumer now shifted to a digital perspective.

Exciting and disrupting revelations made during the show bring consumers the world over more affordable and enhanced means to facilitate almost every basic need. These include the ability to open doors via smart keys, cars that drive themselves and autopilot drones to name a few. Here is a list of top five highlighted innovations made this year.

Convenient sensors

Following suit with smartphone technology revolution, inventors across the globe have sought to improve life through the use of micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS).  These systems include magnetometers, accelerometers and gyroscopes that can be affordably and easily placed within any existing product on the planet.

Kolibree is a toothbrush that runs on MEMS which relates details about time taken, thoroughness and value of users brushing technique directly to their smartphone or portable device.

Informative wearables

Product features like smart watches, intelligent fitness products and connected eyewear, look to benefit consumers across the globe by recording and reporting data like number of hours slept, calories burned, vital sign metrics, steps taken in the day etc. An innovative new product released by Netatmo called the June bracelet even lets users know when to apply sunscreen and pull on a pair of shades.

Differential energy

Renewable energy alternative like solar powered phone battery chargers and portable energy devices contained within carrier cases that sustain electronics for longer time periods, decreases need to stay plugged in. A solar powered rechargeable car battery was introduced by Ford, while Toyota exhibited a liquid hydrogen fueled concept car.

Automated vehicles

Bringing their A-game, Mercedes Benz demonstrated their latest invention in a car that drives itself via specially positioned highly sensitive cameras around the vehicle. The car can regulate situations at intersections, at traffic lights, handle parking, other vehicles and pedestrians. Selections of mini-drones and automated miniature aircrafts that can be programmed with extreme precision are soon to hit the consumer market as well.

Engaging interfaces

Delineating from an enhancement to virtual gaming space, OLED based goggles Oculus Rift has generated inspired adaptations of the system in workable consumer products. SoftKinetic, a leading software producer released an addition to Oculus Rift goggles in gesture and depth perceptive cameras that allow users to manipulate objects in real time 3D space. While Sweden based company Tobii displayed improved systems that look to replace fundamental mouse operations with registered eye movements.