CES 2014: the year of connected objects, smartwatches and 3D printers

Winnovation, Bouygues Telecom’s watch and innovation subsidiary based in Silicon Valley, came again this year to the biggest show devoted to electronics: the CES. Organized in Las Vegas, this convention brought together more than 150,000 participants from more than 170 different countries and more than 3,500 exhibitors.

In addition to the sometimes curved 4K screens, the show has left a large place to connected objects, smartwatches and 3D printers. From now on, computers, tablets or smartphones are no longer the only objects to be connected to the Internet. The Internet of Things ( Internet of Things ) consists of making the most common objects intelligent and makes it possible, for example, to monitor one’s physical activity throughout the day. These objects are always associated with a mobile application to visualize the data. Its market, which represented 1.2 billion euros in 2013, according to calculations by the American firm Gartner, should reach 5 billion by 2015.

Among the objects that marked us, we noted:

– a new product that slides under the mattress to measure the improvement in sleep,

– a tsunami of connected bracelets to monitor physical activity such as the LG Smart Band,

– a bracelet / jewel that measures exposure to the sun,

– an impressive number of connected watches, sometimes integrating a SIM card, such as the Omate TrueSmart.

The other area highlighted this year is that of 3D printers. Alongside Stratasys and 3D System, the two American 3D printer giants, we found many startups at CES like MakerBot, Solidoodle or 3Doodler. Some printers even allow you to print chocolate or candy. And the prices have come down considerably, with a first price at $ 499.

Sébastien Wickert – Winnovation

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