The Consumer Electronics Show is never without excitement or surprises! Sneak peeks into the future reveal how your home will anticipate your needs and the seamless integration of technology into your car and clothing.

Across all these new innovations there are two clear camps: tech that is all encompassing and focused advancements in highly specific areas.

Here are three key themes we observed at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas:

 

1. Fashion x Fitness vs. Fashion x Performance

The wearable space is crowded, with just about every sport getting involved. You can track your swing, your vertical jump, your shooting percentage or your movement on the basketball court. But now we’re seeing the blend of technology into fashion. Fossil, WiseWear and Misfit all shared new products that are fashion accessory first.

Organizing wearables into sub-categories such as performance and fashion will help focus technological growth for a wide range of consumers.

2. The Continued Rise of 3D Printing

There is no slowing down in 3D printing technology. Costs are falling and applications are growing, such as fashion, medical and culinary uses. The real innovations aren’t necessarily smaller machines or in-home printers, but rather in materials: metals, reduced in weight with added strength; footwear and glasses that would otherwise be impossible to manufacture look like pieces of art; 3D printing a patient’s joint means doctors can test run procedures before surgery.

These advancements move us into a new space for manufacturing technology that touches all parts of our lives.

3. Smart(er) Homes

The concept of the smart home is not new, nor is the tech to make it possible. What is interesting is the way the Internet of Things is being leveraged. Technology is more accessible and is saving time by streamlining our busy lives. From anticipating when the school bus is due, to reading what’s in the microwave and how long it will take to cook it.

In appliances and home construction we will see smart home tech become more integrated. This will help consumers manage their daily lives and maybe, just maybe, mean a little more family time.

 

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