CES 2016 is considered the biggest consumer electronic show for the entire year. Apart from the big players like Intel, Samsung, Sony, Qualcomm, Microsoft, and Oculus there were many small players doing remarkable things in VR, AR, Healthcare, and Automotive
2016 is branded as the “Reality world” year, be it Virtual, Augmented, or Mixed. Among many, there were goggles, the car ride, hover craft, and the drones. Some we have been hearing about for a while but the few that caught my attention especially in the VR and AR sector were the following:
Exploring the world of Reality…
Voke: The immersing experience capturing a Live Stream event from the convenience of your home! Focused on creating an experience for real time events using on-demand media. What better way to see the game when you can experience the action live! Take a look and feel the experience.
NASA: The headquarters of exploration, and the only place where the Sky is the start and not the limit. NASA’s VR experience with the rocket launch was an amazing. Experiencing the feelings and thoughts of an astronaut without being one.
ODG: The cool glasses that bring different shades for different experience. Based on your surroundings and what event is being observed, take a light shade or dark shade glasses.
USENS: An excellent combination of AI and AR to give a 3D experience for hand and head tracking in a mobile device.
HOLOSEER: Feels like Hololens! The headset fits well but needs some adjustment. It is a work-in-progress and if done right can be a good competitor for all headsets
DXRACER: It is not just the style of glasses that matters, it is also the seating that adds to your experience. Dxracer is focused on building comfortable chairs that fit your requirement while you use your VR and AR sets. It can be customized to your by adding a design or character that meets your interest.
GIROPTIC: A 360 degree camera that adds to the experience of VR.
MARXENT: Designing your bathroom and kitchen using AR. This gives you virtual feel for your future home. It is a product worth checking out
LUMUS: Makes your own glasses a wearable AR product. Designed to make your eyewear compatible with current technologies or those being developed in the future.
These samples of products are an indication of the innovative use of technology in multiple practical areas and market segments. No doubt the “Reality World” (Virtual, Augmented, and Mixed) will lead the way in the race for a higher recognition and market penetration while competing with IoT and Healthcare. While 2016 CES was an eye opening experience for a large audience, CES 2017 is expected to be an even greater ice breaker for products in the so-called “Reality World” of consumer electronics.
As a side note, with Google’s investment into Magic Leap, we are still waiting to see the new face of Augmented Reality. Will it match the current expectation or will it bring a wave in Augmented Reality that is, up to this point, completely unknown?
In the meantime we are waiting to discover what VRLA (“the world’s largest virtual reality expo”) and other upcoming 2016 expo’s are going to be presenting.