2016 CES

Trend Report

Every year at the Consumer Electronics Show, thousands of exhibitors from around the world bring new technologies for attendees to ogle and envy. It can be an overwhelming experience to say the least.

 

Our Los Angeles creative director at Telefonix PDT (and CES veteran) Joel Delman sat down with Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) to discuss his game plan for navigating the show:

What I'm here to do is uncover the truly new and interesting categories of products and services that are relevant to our clients. I aim to report on novel technologies and new uses of old technologies that can often be found in the small booths, where the startups are, in the back corners of the expo."

From quirky to practical, Joel's twitter feed featured this year's standouts at CES. And looking back on the show, many of these products had something in common: a focus on well-being and personal happiness. This report highlights the gadgets, devices and technologies which set the trends in markets beyond the exhibit halls.

Standzout telehealth telecare telemed CES 2016 trends
mhealth mobile health wearable gyenno spoon CES 2016 trends
Mint by Breathometer and Philips Sonicare technology in healthcare CES 2016 trends
GetQardio wearable mobile health CES 2016 trends
fitbit blaze mhealth wearable CES 2016 trends
GatQardio heart health wearable CES 2016 trends
United Healthcare mhealth wearable telehealth
Smart-B Trainer sony wearable
MYZONE wearable mhealth mobile health CES 2016 trends
01

mHealth & Wearables

Smart-B by Sony wearable mhealth CES 2016 trends
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mhealth mobile health wearable gyenno spoon CES 2016 trends

While manufacturers have targeted health and wellness for many years, this year's crop of new gadgets were more focused on discreet aspects of that market than ever before. From sensor-laden devices for bodybuilders to high-tech bad breath detectors, it seems most every area of our lives and lifestyle can now be enhanced through technology.

CES 2016 trends from product design and development firm
CES 2016 trends from product design and development firm
CES 2016 trends from product design and development firm
CES 2016 trends from product design and development firm
CES 2016 trends from product design and development firm
CES 2016 trends from product design and development firm
CES 2016 trends from product design and development firm
CES 2016 trends from product design and development firm
CES 2016 trends from product design and development firm

Bringing mobile tech to the bedside... Good thinking on the specialized medstand for @Standzout

Most beautiful fitness tracker at #CES2016 hands down @fitbit Blaze. That tan leather band is calling to me

Spoon helps rapidly growing demographic with less than steady hands eat without stress @gyenno

Mint by @Breathometer measures kissability and oral health, integrates with @PhilipsSonicare

Medical grade EKG for everyday tracking of heart health by @getqardio takes wearables to new market

Smart-B Trainer from @Sony tracks performance and adjusts your playlist to maximize workout

Go activity and sleep tracker by @Withings uses #eink display, super friendly #userexperience

Savvy workout tracker by @MYZONEmoves builds loyalty to fitness clubs... Great business model

#mHealth #Wearables supported by big insurance presence at #CES2016 @myUHC

BeWell Connect Visiomed mhealth wearable cES 2016
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Sensoria fitness tracker wearable CES 2016 trends
mhealth wearable CES 2016 trends
Under Armour Health Box mhealth wearable CES 2016 trends
Thermo by Withings CES 2016 trends
CES 2016 trends from product design and development firm
CES 2016 trends from product design and development firm
CES 2016 trends from product design and development firm
CES 2016 trends from product design and development firm
CES 2016 trends from product design and development firm
CES 2016 trends from product design and development firm

Sleek device @skulpt_me is first to focus on muscle building rather than aerobic fitness

Activity tracking and safety alerts with real #fashion cred, @wisewear hits Bloomies next month

Ultimate running fitness tracker by @SensoriaInc, first fully developed line of smart clothing

Thermo by @Withings, most elegant and accurate wireless thermometer at #CES2016

Bewell connect by @Visiomed, comprehensive

New entry in connected fitness @underarmour with bold red branding, real sports cred

02 Connected Home

2016 was the year the "Connected Home" went from Jetsons to Johnsons. A wide variety of systems promising easy integration and affordable price points were presented, and we're betting features like keyless entry, smart thermostats, automated lighting and the like will soon become the norm in new homes. Most intriguing, though, were the ways these technologies are beginning to interface with our homes away from home - the potential for driver's seat / living room connectivity is huge.

CES 2016 trends from product design and development firm
CES 2016 trends from product design and development firm
CES 2016 trends from product design and development firm
CES 2016 trends from product design and development firm
CES 2016 trends from product design and development firm
CES 2016 trends from product design and development firm
CES 2016 trends from product design and development firm

#smarthome category really matured at #CES2016 Monitor and improve home energy use and comfort with @Ubiant

health and #wellness now for your home, @netatmo measures air quality and other factors

Gorgeous mySight WiFi cam... @iLuv_world really gets the value of remote video in people's lives

Smart solution to minimize water use when washing clothes from @LGUS

This lovely device makes the wired phone relevant again... Family friendly connectivity

Smart service by @ADT & @Samsung tweets seamlessly integrates every device you need for a #smarthome

New Smart remote by @Sony uses #eink to personalize functions to control anything in your house

SengLED: Smart Bulbs connect your home with built-in JBL speakers

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New COR thermostat from @CarrierAtHome is serious competition for Nest

CES 2016 trends from product design and development firm
CES 2016 trends from product design and development firm

I've now seen it all at #CES2016... I present Laundroid, world's first automated laundry folding system

03 Auto

Much has been written about the increasingly car-focused nature of CES's famous North Hall, and most of it is probably true. We're getting jaded by all the video game dashboards and instead found interest in autonomous driving and similar advances, we found more excitement in the subtle technologies and promising ecosystems beginning to emerge in this market.

Let's Drive NYC CES 2016 auto trends
ZF CES 2016 auto trends
Slate digital license plate Verizon Wireless CES 2016 auto trends
Mercedes-Benz CES 2016 auto trends
Toyota FCV Plus 2016 auto trends
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CES 2016 auto trends
Honda Clarity CES 2016 auto trends
Control4 Smart Home App CES 2016 auto trends
VOYO CES 2016 auto trends
Blackberry QNX CAR Platform CES 2016 auto trends
CES 2016 trends from product design and development firm
CES 2016 trends from product design and development firm
CES 2016 trends from product design and development firm
CES 2016 trends from product design and development firm
CES 2016 trends from product design and development firm
CES 2016 trends from product design and development firm
CES 2016 trends from product design and development firm
CES 2016 trends from product design and development firm
CES 2016 trends from product design and development firm

After some head scratching last year, Windows are back on @MercedesBenz featured #CES2016 car

Personalized, convenient urban mobility and car sharing by @letsdrivenyc... very smart solution

FCV Plus from @Toyota generates power for your house and shares to the grid. And it also drives.

Every #CarAudio firm showing road mounted products to take your tunes into great outdoors

Will driving in the future really be like a bad video game? Please count me out.

The Control4 smart home app for the connected car.. One-touch smart home integration from any Android phone

Honda Clarity fuel cell car, to be first sold in California, and Power Exporter 9000 vehicle-to-home charging system lets your car power your lights when parked in the garage

#blackberry introduces new driver interaction, connectivity and automation system @QNX_Auto

#CES2016 is officially becoming an auto show... @ZF shows how cars will interact with drivers

First digital license plate... Very cool concept with genuine near term potential @verizon

Smart connectivity for any car, well executed idea from @Voyo starts shipping next month

Ford Sync Connect Amazon Cloud Player CES 2016 auto trends

Ford's Sync Connect lets you talk to Amazon's Echo, and Alexa to talk to your car

BMW Air Touch system CES 2016 auto trends
Audi VR dealership CES 2016 auto trends

Audi's VR dealership lets you truly shop for your next car from the comfort of your couch

BMW's Air Touch system

04 Cool Tech

CES is known for showcasing new concepts which push the envelope of practicality, but 2016 had fewer "out there" ideas than any CES in recent memory. Perhaps a result of increased scrutiny and expectations prompted by crowdfunding, or a growing awareness of the need to guide product development by identified user needs, the array of device introductions by smaller companies and startups was surprisingly grounded in sensible solutions and realistic price points.

Gemio CES 2016 trends
Intel CES 2016 trends
Garmin Varia Vision CES 2016 trends
My Wraps CES 2016 trends
LG Folding Keyboard CES 2016 trends
SensorWake CES 2016 trends
Deeper Fish Finder CES 2016 trends
Nima by 6SensorLabs CES 2016 trends
Spalding ShotTracker CES 2016 trends
GoPro 360fly CES 2016 trends
Nikon KeyMission 360 CES 2016 trends
LG Picture on Glass CES 2016 trends
Invoxia Amazon Echo CES 2016 trends
iOttie CES 2016 trends
Whoosh CES 2016 trends
CES 2016 trends from product design and development firm
CES 2016 trends from product design and development firm
CES 2016 trends from product design and development firm
CES 2016 trends from product design and development firm
CES 2016 trends from product design and development firm
CES 2016 trends from product design and development firm
CES 2016 trends from product design and development firm
CES 2016 trends from product design and development firm

I'm finally blown away by a TV at #CES2016... @LGUS Picture on Glass is remarkably cool

Many have tried to perfect the folding keyboard, but I think @LGUS absolutely nailed this design

Bring your device along for the ride, and light the way with a smart USB headlight from @iOttie

Antimicrobial cleaning and care for your tech... Wonderful branding and they've hit on a need

If you jump out of a plane and land on a bike driving over a waterfall but aren't wearing a #GoPro, did it really happen?

Serious new competition in #ActionCam market, from @NikonUSA's keymission360

Tiny camera may change the way we capture and share experiences... @360fly is GoPro on steroids

Swoosh... ShotTracker smart ball by @Spalding helps you achieve your best on the Bball court

Kinda cool... @my_wraps make a great bracelet, and a handy set of earphones

CES 2016 trends from product design and development firm

Triby messaging and music-playing gadget by @Invoxia connects your family via @Amazon's Echo

CES 2016 trends from product design and development firm

Garmin's Varia Vision: Google Glass focused on the needs of bicyclists

CES 2016 trends from product design and development firm

Gemio smart bracelets: new tool for social networking teens send secret messages via light patterns

Cute Nima from @6sensorlabs has serious function: tests for gluten in food in under 2 minutes

Deeper connected fish finder takes the guesswork out of fishing, maybe some of the fun too?

Waking up to sound is so last year... SensorWake uses scent cartridges to gently start your day

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