Every January, the world of high technology gathers in Las Vegas to launch the newest, coolest and weirdest products to the eager consumer at CES. These ‘smart trends’ often define the year ahead in tech.

Once again, this year’s trends lean heavily towards Data, Analytics and the IoT. While the smart fridge might be sooo 2014, the move towards a connected household continues at pace. But with the tech on display varying from the mind-blowing to the questionable, are our inanimate objects of yesterday being connect for the sake of being connected, and what can we do with all this valuable data that’s being collected?

While Smart technology aims to make our lives better, perhaps it is the data generated that really has the power to affect our lives. Data from even the most unlikely source can have enormous value when combined with new information streams to answer questions, spot patterns and solve problems.

In the past CES has been used to launch a range of questionable technological tat – from a belt that loosens itself the more you eat, to an umbrella that can tell you that it’s about to rain.  While it may be worth thinking more about what we can do with all the data that’s being generated, there are still a number of exciting new data-generating technologies that continue to demonstrate the art of the possible… For better or for worse – you decide!!

IoT, Smart devices, and big data, CES Roundup


Looking smart has a whole new meaning. A new connected mirror wants to use computational algorithms to inform users about how to clean and nourish their face, as well as apply makeup. Complete with a skin analysis engine, which looks for wrinkles, fine lines, dark circles and spots, it also offers techniques and products that can help alleviate them. The mirror also makes historical comparisons of your face, so you can see what’s new and what’s not and what effect your nutrition routine has on it.


The future of sleep is, apparently, a smart bed. The 360 smart bed “intuitively senses and automatically adjusts comfort to keep both users sleeping soundly all night long.” Using the latest in biometric sleep tracking – the bed delivers a personalised sleeping experience. Responsive, real-time air technology adjusts the bed’s comfort to match each user’s changing sleeping position. It intelligently learns the user’s bedtime routine and even warms the foot of the bed automatically in order to encourage them to fall asleep faster. It tracks sleep patterns and adjusts the bed to stop any snoring it hears.

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Nokia-owned Withings, L’Oreal’s innovation lab, and Kerastase have collaborated to unveil a new hair brush that shows you data on your brushing habits to help you take better care of your hair. It’s equipped with a microphone – so you can listen to your hair, an accelerometer and gyroscope, commodity sensors that are supposed to analyse your brush strokes, sensors that measure the pressure you’re applying to your hair, and others that are supposed to know whether you’re brushing dry or wet hair. All of this data is shared wirelessly with a mobile app – of course.


The kitchen seems to be the room most akin to a little smartening up. As well as smart toasters and connected scales, CES saw this Smart Frying Pan hot off the coals. It uses voice commands, as well as weight and temperature sensors (along with an obligatory app) to provide you with nutritional information about the food you’re cooking.

IoT, Smart devices, and big data, CES Roundup

He may be your best friend, but do you really understand him? Well, a new smart collar claims to sense changes in your dog’s mood, as well as measuring their activity and welfare. Equipped with an accelerometer and gyroscope, it measures movements, including eating, drinking or sleeping. A Fit-Bit for Fido.

IoT, Smart devices, and big data, CES Roundup

Remember when self-tying sneakers (circa Back to the Future) were de rigueur, the ultimate trainer tech dream? Well these Smart trainers, planned for launch later this year, previewed in Vegas, promising a lot more than just the commonplace fitness tracking ensemble, with adaptive cushioning and self-tightening to reduce the danger of injury and increase comfort. There’s talk too of a high heel shoe with smartphone operated telescopic heel – really!

Posted in Big data, IoT, Media roundup On January 6, 2017 By