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Brief Published: 18 Dec 2015

CES 2016 Trends Preview

CES will take up more than 2.4 million sq ft in 2016

The world's largest consumer electronics event, International CES promises a whole host of new releases, from wearables and 3D printers, to home entertainment and kitchen appliances. Here's what the Stylus team and our expert contributors predict will be big news in January.

  • Reforming Tech: "This will be my first trip to CES. Not only am I keen to see the latest CMD (Colour Material Design) developments for home and personal electronics, but also the latest innovations for hardware. LG is unveiling its prototype flexible screen – this will definitely be one of the first stands I visit. 
    "Flexible screens are the pinnacle of research for the electronics giants, as they have wide potential for screens, mobiles and wearables. See our Wondrous Response Rationale for more details about the LG prototype. Also piquing my interest will be the latest developments for 3D printers. At last year's event, flexible resins and machines capable of printing in multi-colours captured our attention." 
    Kuan Chi Hau, Head of Colour & Materials at Stylus  
  • Hyper Drive: "With more than 100 automotive tech companies set to show at CES in 2016 – a 25% increase in exhibit space over last year – we can expect a flurry of auto innovations, from major advances in electric and driverless cars, to disappearing steering wheels, truly immersive infotainment and haptic displays. 
    "The Etos concept by Swiss firm Rinspeed will be one to watch. Not only will the autonomous concept car come with a drone to collect deliveries or live stream your trip, but it also promises to monitor mobile phone reception levels to warn passengers of dead zones around the corner – very handy." 
    Hayley Ard, Head of Consumer Lifestyle at Stylus  
  • Artificial Everything: "While artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning aren't new, they will become pervasive as enterprises and start-ups unearth a treasure trove of actionable intelligence from data. Google, Microsoft, Apple and Amazon will continue to invest in their virtual assistant algorithms. Apple, Google, Salesforce, Facebook and others will continue their AI mergers and acquisitions binge. 
    "Meanwhile, IBM is leading the AI API (application programming interface) economy with IBM Watson. On Tuesday, the company announced its global Watson Internet of Things (IoT) research centre in Munich, Germany. AI-based systems will become the backbone of the wearables and IoT revolution, from driverless cars and home automation, to neural networks. Expect AI to be a big yet invisible story behind CES." 
    Scott Amyx, CEO at US wearables and IoT strategy agency Amyx McKinsey 
  • Precision Health: "The integration of personal health and clinical health data via wearable and IoT devices will pave the way for consumers to own their health. Some areas of focus include the health of the heart, lungs, body weight, sleep patterns, calorie burning, chronic pain, muscle and brain activity. 
    "Such devices will bring personal health awareness to the forefront and assist individuals in making better informed decisions to feel better physically, emotionally and spiritually. Companies cognisant of human behaviour and habits will develop creative methods for their target users to fully realise the benefits." 
    Dipesh Patel, Head of Business Development and Research at Amyx McKinsey 

CES runs from January 6-­9 in Las Vegas. Watch out for more coverage, coming soon. Meanwhile, look to our reporting from IFA for recent innovations in consumer electronics.