The beginning of the new year was marked by CES 2016, the largest consumer electronics tradeshow in the world, held in Las Vegas and visited by more than 150 thousand attendees from 150 countries.
Nicknamed the tech industry’s annual carnival of consumer gadgets, for years – even decades! – CES has been the arena where many game-changing tech products first saw the light of the day. The VCR, the CD and DVD, the Xbox and 3D printing technology were all unveiled at CES, and it was the Internet of Things that stole the show at this year’s conference. At CES 2016, we saw the definition of wearable tech broaden beyond the wrist, with everything from smart shirts to smart glasses that seem intent on monitoring every aspect of your body’s activity. Additionally, virtual reality is definitely going to be the big tech story of 2016 and so will the self-driving and semi-autonomous electric cars, but also technology that gets homes even more connected.
The financial arena also saw numerous thought-provoking ideas, among which we picked the most interesting ones.
Groceries by MasterCard
The first shopping app to be integrated with a smart refrigerator. It enables consumers to order groceries directly from Samsung’s new Family Hub refrigerator.
Wearable payments powered by MasterCard and Coin
MasterCard unveiled its debut in the wearables industry by announcing a partnership with Coin to bring MasterCard payments to a wide array of fitness bands, smart watches and other wearable devices.
Samsung Gear S2
Samsung’s answer to Apple Watch got upgraded this year to an 18-karat rose gold and platinum Samsung Gear S2. Later this year, the company will add Samsung Pay support to Gear 2, making it a direct rival to MasterCard-powered wearables and to the Apple Watch.
A disk image for Raspberry Pi which can turn a computer into a full bitcoin node to allow users to hold a bitcoin wallet and mine, send and receive bitcoins over the network.
IBM and SoftBank Robotics Holdings Corp. announced plans to offer a version of open cognitive computing technology platform Watson for SoftBank Robotics’ Pepper robots, aimed at global enterprise customers.