It’s time to say so-long to 2014 and hello to 2015. See what we left behind and what’s to come in the New Year with this week’s web roundup.
First, a Look Back at the Products from CES 2014
Every year, all eyes in the tech industry turn to the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. This is the show where companies make their debut, size up the competition and scout out the up-and-coming products. Last year, there were a few products that made an impact and then fizzled out immediately after. From Scanadu’s Scout that tracked your vitals to Bliq’s light that brought color into the home, there were plenty of exciting products that never quite made it in 2014. With CES 2015 currently going on, will we see the second generation of these products? Maybe, but probably not.
So What’s the Buzz for CES 2015?
Last year’s focus was on the Internet of Things. Even though some of those products didn’t quite live up to the hype, many, many others exceled in the market. Now, the focus of CES 2015 is turning to hi-tech cars. From the house to the road, your car will soon be able to perform tasks that were previously only seen in futuristic movies. With this highly anticipated trend, it’s no wonder that some of the keynote speakers are from companies, such as Ford, Mercedes-Benz and General Motors.
Wearable Technology Remains In Focus
The last part of 2014 was filled with releases of wearable technology. The market is moving away from the Google Glass craze and on to more practical technology — wearable watches to be more specific. Now, more analysts are predicting that 2015 is the year that the Apple Watch will take flight. The learning curve is over, people are becoming more comfortable with the idea of using a powerful watch, and it appears that the future of wearable technology is here.
You’d think someone like Mark Zuckerberg would have a solid innovation plan in place for the New Year, right? Not quite. Although he might have big plans in place for his social network baby, Facebook, he’s reaching out to the public for help with his personal goals. Over 47,000 people have responded to Zuckerberg’s request for a new goal for the New Year. Time will tell what idea he decides upon, but based on the responses he’s received so far, it looks like he has his work cut out for him in 2015.
Companies on the Radar in 2015
Now that Uber, Snapchat and other up and comers are standard household names, which companies should you keep an eye on in 2015? Turns out, there are a few apps getting quite a bit of buzz. There are plenty of apps on the "what to watch" list for the traveler, social butterfly, and yes, the person who’s trying to break the tech addiction. Check out the list of apps to watch in 2015 for specifics.