I spent all of last week perusing current and future technology at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Throughout the show, I bumped into friends and we discussed technologies that were new and exciting. The consistent theme this year was “automation.”
I saw many automated technologies that improved the ability to remotely control things such as the lighting and air conditioning systems in your home or office. Here are a few others that really stood out to me:
The first noteworthy innovation in automation was a doorbell that takes a picture of the person at the door and sends it to a phone.
Group U-Verse Poker
I witnessed the ability to play group poker on AT&T U-Verse using only a smartphone and a television. The smartphone shows the cards that are dealt and the TV displays the common cards, pot and position of the players.
The best office automation product was a tablet accessory called the Kubi. It is a motorized tablet stand that is remotely controlled, allowing the user to track the person who is speaking during a video call. This is perfect for people like me who love to walk around while they are on the phone.
In my personal opinion, this is going to be the coming out year for home and office automation. Plan on seeing light bulbs and AC plugs connected via WiFi, alarm systems with remote video monitoring by phone, and the ability to talk though the alarm system to someone in the office.