The one-armed bandit slot machines entice you as you land at the airport, the ridiculously stretched limousines draw up in an exhausting line-up as you step out, the incredible pyrotechnics and garishly lit-up billboards make for a blinding welcome as you are driven down the city, and the semi-naked ladies with trays full of drinks complete the entire sin city experience as soon as you enter the hotel. This is Vegas, baby!
Wearable tech that may wear you down
Wearable tech was everywhere. But this time, it seemed that some hard lessons had been learnt from 2014. Rather than a nebulous array of things that were strapped onto your wrist and did some stuff but not much, it seemed that the products and tech were more cohesive and well-thought-out this time.
Smartwatches that were hybrids were the big trend (looks like a normal watch with a dial and hands but has awesome sensors built in), VR headsets from Oculus, Sony, Samsung, Virtuix and many new names had the largest lines. There were smartglasses that could sense when your eyes were tired.
But the real advancement in wearable tech came when it didn’t need to be strapped onto your wrist or head. Smartclothing was huge, with socks that could sense your speed and balance while running, could track your jumping power and could track stamina. There was also a fabric that could detect full body motion and a small attachable strip that was a 24x7 heart rate monitor.
Lots more in the trends department with smartphones, tablets, laptops and robotics. But that’s for next week, when we’ll also analyse how well I did with the ones detailed here. The cards have been dealt, let’s see if ‘baby’ can get a straight flush!
Rajiv Makhni is managing editor, Technology, NDTV, and the anchor of Gadget Guru, Cell Guru and Newsnet 3
From HT Brunch, January 11, 2015
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