Highlights from the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show

  • AFP, Las Vegas
  • Updated: Jan 10, 2015 12:02 IST

Here are 10 key highlights from the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show, which wrapped up Friday in Las Vegas.

1. Drones: flying devices in dozens of shapes and sizes made an impact, from the wrist-worn Nixie drone to the AirDog for extreme sports. The proliferation puts pressure on US regulators to create a framework for flying unmanned devices.

Drones fly at the Autel booth during the International CES in Las Vegas. Photo: AP/John Locher

2. Advanced TVs: Television manufacturers have finally brought down prices of the latest super-high resolution displays, giving consumers an incentive to upgrade, and showed off technology that goes "beyond 4K," the ultra-high definition system that is growing. Samsung showed a 103-inch bendable display.

Attendees watch Samsung SUHD TVs at the 2015 International CES at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo: David Becker/Getty Images/AFP

3. Autos: The latest advances in connected vehicles and autonomous driving made CES an important venue for the auto sector. A prototype Mercedes-Benz took a spin without a driver on the streets of Las Vegas, and Hyundai unveiled a smartwatch that control some car functions.

Attendees sit in the self-driving Mercedes-Benz F 015 concept car at the Mercedes-Benz booth at the International CES in Las Vegas. Photo: AP/Jae C. Hong

4. Alternative transport: Several startups showed their new "un-Segway" personal transportation devices, using one, two and three wheels, aiming for greener options for short-distance commutes.

5. Wearables: The "digital coach" employs sensors embedded in garments or in small activity trackers, startups and large firms introduced apps to track activity, oxygen levels and motions such as golf swings, giving professional coaching advice to the amateur athlete. Other wearables included an expanded array of smartwatches and medical wearables that measure body fat or capture brain signals to get a handle on stress.

An attendee looks at the Activité Pop smartwatch by French company Withings display at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Photo: AFP / Robyn Beck

6. Intel button: Intel made a big push to be at the heart of the two billion items expected to be connected, with a button-sized module called "Curie," aiming to stake its claim to the "Internet of Things."

Brian Krzanich, CEO of Intel, holds the button-sized Intel Curie module, at the International Consumer Electronics show (CES) in Las Vegas. Photo: Reuters/Rick Wilking

7. Lifelike robot: The star of the robotics displays, Toshiba's humanoid robot Chihira Aico was so eerily human-like it fooled some showgoers with her facial and hand expressions. She spoke to passersby and sang "Take Me Home, Country Roads."

Toshiba's "Communication Android" robot named ChihiraAico sings John Denver's classic song "Take Me Home Country Roads," at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo: AFP / Robyn Beck

8. Virtual reality: Technology took another step into a new dimension with new, immersive devices such as the Oculus Rift prototype headset Crescent Bay, and advances in 3D audio.

A man wearing an Oculus VR headset demonstrates a first person shooter game in a Virtuix Omni virtual reality system at the International Consumer Electronics show (CES) in Las Vegas. Photo: Reuters/Rick Wilking

9. Connected home: Startups and big industrial giants offered new ways to make the home more connected, with smart lightbulbs and door locks, smartphone-controlled security systems and doorbells that monitor entrances.

10. Selfie stick: One of the least expensive devices at the show -- as low as $5 -- was a big hit,with accessory makers capitalizing on the selfie trend with monopods that offer a wider perspective.

Christina Hutchinson shows how to use a selfie stick, as she offers visitors a chance to take a selfie to promote "The Selfie Stick" sold by New York-based LOTP Marketing, on the floor of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo: AFP/Rob Lever

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