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Lessons From CES 2016: What Technology Does The Future Hold?

Lessons From CES 2016: What Technology Does The Future Hold?

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is a big trade show held every January in Las Vegas. It covers all the latest technology trends for the upcoming year. All the great gadgets and innovations that are set to hit the market in the next year or two are first exhibited here, and it is the best window into the near future that we currently have. There is always a fairly big uproar surrounding these events, but this year’s show was truly something else.

CES 2016 was an incredible experience, as it exceeded all expectations. The new tech and gadgets shown are really going to change the world and our everyday lives. With the aim to make our lives easier, CES innovations have shown us that our dreams of smart cars, personal aircrafts, and fabulous fitness wearables can really come true. The future is definitely nearer than we thought.

As there were many innovations that are going to hit the market soon, we chose the most notable ones to mention under the following five categories.

1. Stylish wearables – Fashion has finally sided with technology

Wearables are popular with fitness enthusiasts, as they make it easier to track progress and provide various possibilities. Fitbit’s smart fitness watch “Blaze” drew everyone’s attention. It possesses a color touchscreen, PurePulse Heart Rate, and is water resistant. Compatible with both Android and iOS, it is capable of selecting these activities automatically.

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However, if you are looking for an elegant smartwatch, then you might consider Huawei’s watch for ladies. There are two models, the “Jewel” and “Elegant.” On these lovely watches you can see Swarovski crystals and you can choose between two strap colors – sapphire blue and pearl white. Aside from the fabulous design, the watches offer features such as heart rate monitoring and motion sensors for fitness tracking.

There were many watches presented at CES 2016, including the “Martian Kindred Vip,” Samsung “Gear S2 Classic,” Fossil “Q54 Pilot,” and many others which combined up-to-date fashion and fitness-related tech. There were also clothes with built-in trackers and sensors. Whether the market is overcrowded with smartwatches or the technology strives to eliminate wearing a separate fitness sensor, one thing is certain – fashion is finally connected to technology.

Hexoskin, Sensoria, and Samsung presented shirts, leggings, and socks that can measure your daily activity. Also, collections made sure that women can measure their heart rate by wearing a sports bra. Some of the prices are still a mystery, as well as when you will be able to purchase them, but it is certain that OMsignal smart bra will be on the market this spring.

2. Virtual reality has blown gamers away, but augmented reality impressed CEOs and is making changes in industrial business

Probably the most popular category of this year’s CES, virtual reality has become the most-discussed new tech. We have all been expecting to see Oculus Rift at CES and take a look at this “miracle,” which seems to also be Facebook’s favorite. When it released its price of $599, people were shocked – we all expected it to be a bit cheaper. Aside from being able to play Minecraft using the Oculus Rift, there are many other planned possibilities – and it isn’t only about gaming.

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Aside from the Oculus Rift, there were many other virtual reality headsets presented, such as the “Vive Pre” by HTC, and Sony’s “PlayStation VR.” PS lovers can’t wait for this one to come out, and let’s just hope that it is at least a bit more affordable.

While these gaming headsets were showing the best experience the users could have, many people found the Daqri Smart Helmet more remarkable. This helmet is for industrial businesses, from construction to manual manufacturing. Simply put, this helmet connects the worker with his or her environment and by creating augmented reality provides them with necessary information. It is a fascinating product that can take industrial business to the next level, as it boosts the worker’s performance.

3. We are definitely close to having personal aircrafts that don’t require much skill to use

Companies have made great improvements to drones, and the maker of military and security technology, AEE, has created the F900 drone, which can fly up to 40 minutes and carry a 10 kg load. On the other hand, in the world of consumer drones, what impressed everybody at CES was the “X-Star Premium” made by Autel Robotics. It provides HD live view, GPS, 64GB microSD card, and GLONASS. Not everyone was pleased to hear that the price of this incredible model is $999, but it definitely sounds better than the price of the DJI “Inspire 1 Pro Black Edition,” which costs a whopping $4,800.

Being a real pro drone lover requires a lot of money, so it might be best to consider cheaper models for now and get used to flying them before committing to one of these high-end models. Other drones presented included the DJI “Phantom 3 4K,” Ehang “Ghost 2.0,” “Hexo+,” “ONAGOfly,” “Parrot Disco,” and many others.

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If you’ve ever wished to ride in a compact personal aircraft, then you should take a look at the Ehang 184 AAV, an aircraft that can carry a passenger 20 miles. Its speed is 60 miles per hour, and the best thing is that it pilots itself. You have certainly dreamed of being able to fly to work while you were stuck in a traffic jam. This is the closest we have come to our dreams of a flying car so far. All you need to do to get the Ehang 184 AAV going is tap the destination on a tablet interface and it will take you there.

4. Home cutting-edge tech improvements are making our lives easier and better

Let’s start with our cozy living rooms. Your TV will look old fashioned if you take a look at these incredible TVs introduced at CES. Sony introduced the “XD93,” available in 55 and 65 inches. With access to 4K HDR movie content, UltraViolet locker, and Slim Backlight Drive, this TV is everything we could want. Next to Sony, LG presented the “LG Signature G6” and “E6 OLED TV.” Samsung announced a series of TVs with SUHD technology.

Let’s move out of the living room and go straight to the kitchen. Technologies like Samsung’s smart fridge will definitely help you modernize your plain old kitchen. “Family Hub,” Samsung’s fridge, is connected to Alexa, Amazon’s voice assistant, and has huge touchscreen that provides you with various information. Another fantastic kitchen upgrade is a solar-powered “GoSun Stove,” which heats up using solar energy directly or a battery that is charged via solar energy.

After the kitchen, it’s time for the bedroom and a smart bed. The mattress of the Sleep Number’s It Bed tracks your sleeping habits and has adjustable firmness. There were definitely many other home tech improvements, from security cameras to intelligent vents with filters.

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5. Car manufactures are keeping up with new tech

If you aren’t into flying and aircrafts, and you are more of a car lover, then CES 2016 must have been your favorite CES of all, as it presented all the latest car models and related tech. The affordable 2017 Chevrolet “Bolt EV” is a really spacious electric car and has a lot of great tech for the price of $30,000. This car will be the number one EV (Electric Vehicle) benchmark, until we see Tesla’s new model.

Looking a bit like the Batmobile, the Faraday “Future FFZERO1” is more of a futuristic racer. If you are looking for a practical car, then opt for Chevrolet’s, and let’s leave this model to the extremists. While Chevrolet’s car is one of the most notable due to its incredible features, FFZERO1’s was on all of the “great electric cars” lists because of both features and looks, and Mercedes has surprised everyone with an announcement of a self-driving Mercedes E-class.

CES 2016 was definitely one of the best, and we simply cannot stop talking about it. New tech and gadgets are improving our lives constantly, whether it be in terms of health, business, tech experience, or lifestyle in general.

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Published on September 20, 2018

11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

In today’s fast-paced and never-ending busy world, we are overwhelmed by tasks that need to be completed by tight deadlines. With so much technology it is difficult to find the right tools to help boost our efficiency. And, many tools get obsolete so its essential to stay up-to-date to know when you will have to make adjustments to these tools. Independently of where you work, there’s a good chance that you have to be working on a PC or a laptop.

Do you are feel like you do not have enough time, or cannot accomplish much as of late? It is recommended to take a step back and look at the big picture. Also, you want to explore new and innovative ways to improve productivity.

In this article, I outline 11 features and apps within the Chrome browser that can help you do just that.

Minimizing Tabs

Let’s face it we all have more than a dozen tabs opened on our computers. One neat trick to still keep most of them open is to turn them into pinned tabs. On Google Chrome you can right-click the tab and select “Pin Tab” option. This turns the tab into an icon enabling you to continue multitasking.

Pinning a tab anchors the tabs on the left of your toolbar; a great benefit of the “Pin Tab” feature is that you can’t close these tabs accidentally since the “X” disappears after pinning them.

Incognito Mode

Google Chrome is a very easy-to-use and intuitive. But, Google does collect our browsing data; so to remedy this, you can use Incognito Mode. This feature does not keep your browsing or download history. You can enable or access it in three different ways:

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  1. Press Ctrl/Command+shift+N
  2. Select File Menu and choose New Incognito Window
  3. Download extension New Incognito Window

This feature is very handy if you’d rather not have your browsing history stored and utilized for future advertisement or suggested pages.

Save Webpages as PDF Files

Have you ever browsed interesting or important information and then forgot to bookmark or save it in “favorites”, making it impossible to find again? Chances are you have done this on a number of occasions.

Thankfully, there is an easy solution. You can save webpages as PDF files. On your keyboard, press control/command+p and you will be able to save webpages as PDFs.

Open Recently-closed Tabs

Ever had dozens of tabs opened and all of a sudden your browser shuts down? It has probably happened to all of us. You can easily recover all of your tabs using two approaches. Don’t panic if this happens because there is a workaround and solution for it.

One is by pressing Ctrl/CMD+Shift+T.

The other approach is to click on the three vertical dots on your browser and hover over “History”.

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Solve Mathematical Problems

Google’s Chrome browser doesn’t just search for relevant and updated information. It is also capable of performing some mathematical problems. Within the omnibox (Chrome’s address or URL bar), you can perform mathematical exercises.

For example, if you are struggling with percentages you can search 20 percent of x amount and it will instantly provide a result. Pretty handy, right?!

Play Media Files

Are you frequently met with difficulties when playing or watch a video files? Well, once again Chrome comes to the rescue. You can can listen or play videos from all sorts of movie or music files (mp3, mp4, .mov, .mkv, .ogv, .webm, .wav, etc.) by simply dragging the file into the search bar.

In addition, you can view images, PDF files and Microsoft Office files, too.

Navigate Swiftly Between Tabs

With all of those tabs opened comes great navigation responsibilities. Rather than clicking through every tab, you can use shortcut keys like Ctrl+Tab to navigate all of the different tabs. Also, you are able to navigate to the first tab by pressing Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, and so on. If you want to switch to the very last tab, press Ctrl-9.

Stay Focus(e)d

Computers nowadays have awesome capabilities.

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Sometimes we like to get work done, but let’s face it, we’re all human. We sometimes procrastinate by visiting a website we really like, or maybe take a break with watching a flick on Netflix, a video on YouTube or browsing Facebook.

With Chrome’s StayFocusd extension, you can truly stay focused and get more done in less time.

This extension naturally helps you stay more productive by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites. You can set the time and it will automatically block those sites after a certain period.

Grammarly for Editing

Grammarly is a must have, and it’s really a complete powerhouse. Grammarly helps you check your grammar and spelling for everything you write online.

You can use it professionally or as a student, which will make the editing process much easier and more efficient. Furthermore, it can automatically check for typos when you send an email, type a Tweet, or post a Facebook comment. It’s like having your own personal copyeditor!

Loom

There are times that words in an email or written text in a chat app will just not convey the right meaning.

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There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same is true of videos.

With Loom, you can capture, narrate and immediately share video recordings of your screen, which will help coworkers understand issues you are facing, or to easily convey an explanation on screen. Plus, with video you will be able to easily walk people through a process, and you can use it to create simple how-to videos.

Chrome Calendar Extension

No matter what your level of responsibility is at your job, Google Calendar is another essential resource to have at your fingertips.

Specifically, you can have this extension added as an icon in the toolbar of your browser, which I highly recommend. Once you add the extension to your browser, you can check for upcoming events with a single click without leaving your current page.

Final Thoughts

Google Chrome has definitely evolved from its inception. As you can see you have a very powerful tool that comes as a free installation and is loaded with dozens of capabilities. The above listed Chrome apps can resolve some of the most common obstacles to your time management and productivity.

Featured photo credit: Andrew Neel via unsplash.com

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