With the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show set to begin tomorrow in Las Vegas, experts from across the mobile, social, and tech worlds are weighing in with their sagacious estimates for what the future holds.
Living in Digital Times, which is owned and operated by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), recently compiled an array of fascinating and insightful predictions for 2014, 5 of which are shared below.
“The trends of 2014 were seeds planted in 2013. We can look forward to lightweight, quad-rotor robots (drones, as some call them) finding more uses; 3-D printers starting to appear in the homes of non-engineers; big tech companies inching closer to the formula for a smart watch that people actually want; and, in the wake of the NSA spying scandals, the continued righting of the national ship of trust.” — David Pogue, Yahoo; Keynote speaker, Kids@Play Summit
“Technology will continue to become increasingly ingrained in our popular culture. We’ll see more and more young girls learning computer science and engineering, although they won’t know that’s what they’re studying. Look for the release of innovative new games and apps that make tech fun and accessible to mainstream society.” — Randi Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Zuckerberg Media; author of Dot Complicated: Untangling Our Wired Lives; Keynote speaker, MommyTech Summit
In 2014, the addition of elegant and effective electronics to the product portfolios of sporting goods manufacturers will be significant. The best wearable electronics will engage the user with simple presentation of pertinent biometric information, and ultimately will enable athletes of all levels to proactively participate in their health and wellness-and keep them fit for life.” — Paul Litchfield, Vice President, Advanced Concepts at Reebok International; Keynote speaker, FitnessTech Summit
“We need to give context to data in order for the wear-experience to be meaningful and valuable. The ability to tease out new insights from multiple streams of sensor data will bring exciting opportunity in 2014. Wearables that can base-line sport performance and fitness activity then provide individualized feedback to push towards improvement will drive a trend towards individualized, customized exercise plans. It’s no longer enough to measure and provide stats, we need to provide coaching, feedback, guidance or alerts.” — Stacey Burr, VP Wearable Sports Electronics at adidas; Keynote speaker, FitnessTech Summit
“Never before has technology had such a central role in changing the way we approach teaching, learning and education more broadly. We’re already seeing how adaptive-powered personalized learning technologies are bringing the teacher-student ratio closer to 1:1 and giving teachers powerful tools to customize instruction for individual students. In 2014, we will see a greater emphasis on Big Data with a push to give teachers meaningful analytics and powerful insights.” — Stephen Laster, Chief Digital Officer, McGraw-Hill Education; Panelist, TransformingEDU
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