5 Early CES 2016 Announcements
The annual Consumer Electronics Showcase (CES) kicks off in Las Vegas this morning, and already there are a slew of high profile, cloud-related announcements from a wide variety of companies. From big names like BMW and Samsung to startups trying to break into the public eye, it’s clear that the Internet of Things and cloud-based connectivity is gathering pace and will dominate the technology conversation for many years to come.
We’ve sifted through much of the PR to find a few key cloud innovations that are lighting up the annual Vegas tech fest.
Let’s take a look at some of the key early offerings:
Tech blog ZDNet is reporting on Cisco’s plans for the cloud – “Building off its recent acquisition of cloud video startup 1 Mainstream, Cisco is bolstering its Infinite Video for delivering live and on-demand video content to via local network or over-the-top (OTT) TV services. Cisco’s plan is to blend cloud hardware with open source software to streamline and speed up these operations.”
Meanwhile Slashgear is impressed by the evolution of the BMW’s very own Internet of Things – “BMW’s Internet of Things grows with the intelligent Open Mobility Cloud, connecting such systems as BMW i3 and Smart Home devices – like your phone or your smart watch. To grow their own Internet of Things, BMW has devices like the Mobility Mirror to act as display medium and mirror at the same time, connecting to the cloud as it does so. BMW Connected is a prototype personalized digital assistant – a bit of software for multiple devices – apps and programs. This system works with the Open Mobility Cloud, allowing the user to connect at home or outside the home, in the user’s vehicle, or on public transport. – SLASHGEAR
Personal cloud storage is a fast-growing area of focus for many companies and renowned blog MacRumors.com showcased the Apollo from Promise Technology – “High performance storage solutions company Promise Technology today announced its first foray into the consumer electronics market with the Apollo storage bank. The new device lets users, and a personal circle of private members, store and share data collected in the Apollo with the help of a companion app available to download from the iOS and Google Play App Stores. “Apollo marks a significant milestone for our company, and we are very excited to tap into the consumer market with a personal cloud device that makes it easy to store and share digital media,” said James Lee, CEO of PROMISE Technology. With Apollo, however, PROMISE has delivered a personal cloud storage device that’s affordable, secure, robust and—most importantly—easy to use.”
The Cloud is seen to be a powerful new weapon in the fight for a healthier planet and popular hardware company Acer is launching some pioneering new software, according to DigiTimes – “IT vendor Acer is showcasing cloud computing-based health monitoring and remote diagnostics solutions through cooperation with hardware and software partners at its BOYC (build your own cloud) exhibition booth at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show. The health monitoring solution is for users to continually measure vital signals such as blood pressure and home air quality and upload data to a cloud computing-based management platform through the Acer Open Platform (AOP) for analysis by medical professionals, Acer said. If abnormalities are detected, medical professionals will provide medical advice or notify providers of health care services.”
Finally, consumer electronics giant Samsung wants to be central to the evolving internet of things and is showcasing the Family Hub at CES.
British tech publication IBTimes reports, “The fridge, with an internal camera, can display on its giant screen all the contents, apart from letting the user have a peek into the fridge without opening its doors. Additionally, one can check on the contents remotely on a smartphone, through an app that connects to the fridge’s internal camera. Grocery shopping will no longer involve forgetting items as users can remotely check on what is available and what needs to be stocked up.”
These are just five incredible innovations that are kicking off CES 2016 in what is being unofficially dubbed “The Year of the Cloud”. No doubt there is much more to come over the next few days but we can already safely say that, judging from CES 2016, the cloud definitely has a silver lining.
By Jeremy Daniel