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The top 6 trends from CES 2015

As our week in Vegas comes to a close, we’re recapping some of the most talked-about products and trends from the show floor. 

Ah, CES. A week full of keynotes, productive meetings, surprising celebrity sightings, and of course, a number of incredible innovations from startups, Makers and mainstream corporations alike. Last week proved to be no different, as a record-setting crowd witnessed everything from driverless cars and humanoid robots, to 3D-printed foods and Jetsons-esque home appliances, to self-watering plants and drones.

According to the Consumer Electronics Association, 2015’s show was the largest in CES history with more than 170,000 attendees in Las Vegas, compared to approximately 160,000 just a year ago — 45,000 of whom were from outside the United States. In addition to visitors, there were about 3,600 exhibitors throughout the show floor demonstrating products in a number of categories, such as automotive electronics, healthcare solutions, connected devices, gaming and more.

While the event remains the place-to-be to experience the latest TV and audio products from companies like Samsung, Sony, LG and Panasonic, more importantly, it is where the rapdily-growing Internet of Things seemed to infiltrate nearly every facet of our lives — from the kitchen to the road. Evident by the sheer volume of booths found throughout Eureka Park, countless crowdfunded projects and smaller businesses captured the eyes of CES-goers — ranging from wearables and 3D printers to modular DIY kits and smart home devices.

Smart Homes

IMG_3926_Whirlpool CES 2015

As expected, 2015 was surely the year of connected living. Google’s Nest launched a new range of partnerships to support appliances throughout the home, Whirlpool unveiled its Smart Top Load Washer/Dryer and Kitchen of the Future 2.0 concept (features a backsplash and cooktop that connects a user to social networks, websites and recipes), LG debuted a dual-load washing machine (allows two different loads to be washed at once while the user monitors its status via smartphone), Samsung revealed a robotic vacuum cleaner, while Parrot introduced a self-watering plant pot (senses moisture levels, fertilizer, sunlight and temperature, then regulates the watering process). Two other areas in and around the home that got plenty of attention were lighting and security, ranging from bulbs that deter burglars to easy-to-use, low-cost DIY systems.

Connected Cars


While Back to the Future flying cars may have yet come to fruition, driverless cars and connected vehicles are certainly entering the fast lane in 2015. Mercedes released what the company calls a “forerunner of a mobility revolution,” a contemporary plug-in hybrid car that utilizes sensors and 3D cameras to steer without human assistance. In addition to the German autonomous automobile, Audi exhibited a self-driving car, BMW demoed a smartwatch-controlled vehicle, VW highlighted one capable of parking itself, while Ford showed off its latest smartphone-like interface. Elsewhere, Atmel unveiled its AvantCar 2.0 center console concept. Tomorrow’s drivers are demanding a more modern HMI experience, especially in the center display, with no mechanical buttons or clunky knobs. The futuristic AvantCar 2.0 was packed with active touchscreens, curved form factors, personalized color schemes and navigation menus via touch buttons and sliders in a cutting-edge sleek design.



Safe to say, there wasn’t a shortage of robots at this year’s CES either. It seemed like quadcopter drones were everywhere, spanning from LVCC’s South Hall to Tech West. There was everything from those that could track and follow an individual to some that were taking selfies to new heights. Furthermore, standard non-flying robots weren’t left out of the CES party either, particularly those like Ozobot and LocoRobo, which were designed to inspire STEM-based disciplines and to teach kids how to code. Then, there were those with real world applications, such the robotic personal chef Cooki. Similar to those seen at Maker Faire events across the world, exoskeletons were also a featured attraction throughout the week, most impressively, ones equipped to carry heavy loads and enable paralyzed individuals to walk again. Last but not least, Toshiba stole the show with their ChihiraAico humanoid robot that could introduce herself in English, gesture like an actual person and more.



From sensor-laden clothing to connected collars for pets, wearable technology was definitely one of, if not the most, apparent trends at the show. Emiota exhibited a smart belt that could adjust its size based on a wearer’s food consumption, Misfit unveiled a new fitness tracker in collaboration with Swarovski to enhance its aesthetic appeal, Garmin debuted a lineup of Vivoactive, Fenix 3 and Epix watches, and Withings introduced a minimalist-faced Activité Pop, while other major brands (i.e. Guess) set out to usher in a new wave of fashionable devices to adorn our bodies. Meanwhile, Sensoria showcased smart socks that could track and analyze runs, Cambridge Consultants released a smart shirt that monitors vital statistics, and Rainbow Winters’ new dress possessed the ability to change colors based on peoples’ moods. Other players in the field such as TempTraq and VivaLnk revealed a new set of wearable technology for the baby market, with thermometer-like connected patches, while Zensorium’s Being watch was designed to monitor and analyze wearers’ stress levels.

3D Printers

3d print

While 3D printing may not have been at the center of all the buzz this CES like it had in 2014, it did demonstrate the optimistic future for the next-gen technology. Indeed, a number of exciting and innovative creations could be found throughout the halls, ranging from 3D-printed musical instruments to dresses. It was also made clear that filament was moving beyond just plastic, with new materials like metal, wood, stone and even chocolate set to become the norm. Among the other notable news at the show was XYZprinting’s latest food printer and MakerBot’s Composite PLA filaments.

Virtual Reality


2015 will be remembered as the year VR matured into a serious consumer category. HP introduced a 23-inch VR-enabled display, Samsung exhibited its own goggles, Virtuix demoed the first-of-its-kind gaming treadmill, Razer announced Open Source VR, while as predicted, heavyweight Oculus had a rather impressive presence at the show.

The 30 “smartest” things we saw at CES 2015

Thousands of jam-packed booths, several tech-filled halls, five days, one incredible event. Over the years, CES has become a breeding ground for the wackiest, the wildest and most importantly, the smartest electronic devices to hit the market. And, with the emergence of the Internet of Things, 2015 proved to be no different with the debut of countless new connected products.

While we recently highlighted a few pre-show gizmos, here are some other exciting and eye-catching gadgets we came across over the last week in Vegas.

Motorola Scout 5000 is a connected dog collar with built-in video, GPS and Wi-Fi.


Edyn Garden Sensor lets you know when to water your plants.


Gogoro is a smart scooter that runs on swappable electric batteries.


IO HAWK is a smart skateboard that will change the way you get around.


Sleep Number’s new smart bed for kids can adjust as they grow.


RAYBOT is a water-free solar panel cleaning robot.


Fogo is a smart flashlight that will pack everything from GPS to Bluetooth.


Panasonic’s smart mirror can analyze your skin and preview new makeup styles.


Sengled LED lightbulbs can also serve as a home security system.


LifeQ is using the human body as a sensor to integrate with wearables.


Tao Chair lets you burn calories while sitting in the living room.


Honeywell’s Lyric system is bringing security to the smart home.


Whirlpool’s Top Load Washer is making cleaning laundry easier than ever before.


Parrot’s Smart Pot will make sure you never kill your house plants again.


XelfleX technology can be used to create smarter clothes.


Sensoria smart socks can track your run or workout.


Baby GlGl is a smart bottle to keep babies from getting colicky.


Secure Communicator is a smartphone built inside a watch.


Ebove’s smart bike system allows you to cycle anywhere.


Anova’s Wi-Fi sous vide cooker enables you to precisely set temps remotely.


Digitsole’s smart insoles can track your steps while heating your feet.


Ring is a Wi-Fi-enabled, HD video doorbell.


PicoBrew is a connected home-brewing machine for your own craft beer.


Bionic Bird is a mechanical bird that can be controlled via your smartphone.


Toshiba’s ChihiraAico is an incredibly life-like robot.


Keen Home’s smart vent lets you customize and direct heat to specific rooms.


Edwin is a smart rubber duckie that makes bath time even more fun.


Cooki is an automated robotic chef for your countertop.


Raticator is a mesh-networked rodent trap that uses infrared beams to detect rodents.


JINS smart glasses can tell when your eyes are fatigued.


What were some of your favorite things from CES 2015? Share with us!

CES 2015: A look back at the Atmel booth in pics

Over the last couple of days, the Atmel team was in Las Vegas for International CES 2015 where it showcased the latest (and smartest) solutions enabling the burgeoning Internet of Things. From the home to the car to the body, a number of devices ushering in a new era of constant connectivity were on display throughout four technology zones.




Among the announcements, Atmel unveiled and exhibited products such as the futuristic AvantCar 2.0 concept, the next-gen maXStylus, the newest member of the maXTouch family, the Atmel | SMART ARM Cortex-M7 based MCU lineup, as well as a cloud-ready Wi-Fi/Bluetooth combo SoC. In addition to that, our friends at PubNub launched full SDK support for our entire offering of MCU, MPU and wireless platforms.


As you can see in the pictures below, each of the different zones were jam-packed with CES attendees visiting the booth as as they explored the hottest mobile devices, smart home gadgets, connected car applications and Maker projects – all powered by Atmel, of course.
















And, what would an event in the “Entertainment Capital of the World” be without an appearance by the one-and-only AVR Man?














Before the close of the show, the collaboration of Atmel and Arduino was also named a CES Innovation Award Honoree for the recently-revealed, SAM D21 based Arduino Zero — a simple yet powerful 32-bit extension to the highly-popular platform.


Some of the “smartest” things we’ve seen so far at CES 2015

Not surprisingly, the Internet of Things has already made a big splash here in Las Vegas. As if you needed any more validation that connected living and wearables were the focal themes of this year’s CES, a number of brands have started to unveil the latest and greatest wave of smart devices. Still a day before the show floor opens, here’s a look at some of the products we can’t wait to check out.

Emiota’s Smart Belt

(Source: Business Insider)

(Source: Business Insider)

While we may not yet have self-adjusting jackets like Back to the Future II, the aptly named Belty is a smart belt can automatically loosen and tighten itself based on how much food you consume.

Narrative’s Clip 2

(Source: Narrative)

(Source: Narrative)

A successor to the highly-popular, Atmel | SMART SAM9G25 powered Clip, the team over at Narrative has unveiled a second installment of the wearable, life-logging camera featuring Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and an 8MP sensor.

Garmin’s fēnix 3 Multisport GPS Watch

(Source: Gizmodo)

(Source: Gizmodo)

With uncompromising details like a stainless steel bezel and sunlight-readable high-resolution color display, the fēnix 3 combines the GPS and wearable technology that Garmin is known for with a sleek new form factor that suits both the outdoors and the boardroom.

Zensorium’s Being

(Source: Wareable)

(Source: Wareable)

Zensorium’s latest fitness wearable is capable of not only tracking heart rate, activity and providing advanced sleep insights, but can track your mood as well.

TempTraq’s Thermometer Patch

(Source: TUAW)

(Source: TUAW)

TempTraq is a wearable, Bluetooth-enabled thermometer patch that works with an iOS or Android app to let parents track body temperature accurately for up to 24 hours.

Invoxia’s Triby

(Source: Invoxia)

(Source: Invoxia)

Resembling an old-school radio box, Triby is a VoIP speakerphone equipped a 2.9-inch e-ink display that enables users to send typed or handwritten messages to the device from anywhere through its companion app.

eTape’s Smart Tape Measure

(Source: Engadget)

(Source: Engadget)

eTape is a modern-day tape measure that provides digital readings and instant metric conversions, in addition to being Bluetooth-enabled.

InBody Band

(Source: Wareable)

(Source: Wareable)

Not only does it boast the must-have features of any activity tracker, the InBody Band also measures a wearer’s body composition.

Connected Cycle Pedal

(Source: CNET)

(Source: CNET)

The Connected Cycle smart pedal monitors a rider’s movements to help keep track of rides, while deterring potential bike thieves.


(Source: Engadget)

(Source: Engadget)

Gymwatch is a wearable fitness tracker that precisely measures the full range of motion and strength expended in every exercise at the gym, and provides real-time personal coaching to help prevent poor form.

Withings’ Activité

(Source: Trusted Reviews)

(Source: Trusted Reviews)

Known for their assorted fashionable smartwatches, Withings has returned with another wearable: an analog timepiece called the Activité Pop.

MyBrain’s Melo Mind

(Source: Tom’s Guide)

(Source: Tom’s Guide)

The Melo Mind is a helmet-like wearable from myBrain that measures a user’s brain waves and translates it into music and meditation to help you chill out. This is all transmitted via Bluetooth to a connected app.

Smarter’s Wi-Fi Kettle

(Source: Wired)

(Source: Wired)

The Smarter WiFi Kettle is a connected kettle that offers temperature controls and pre-boil options using a drinker’s smartphone. For those who prefer a nice cup ‘o joe, the machine can brew individual cups of coffee via a connected iOS and Android app.

IK Multimedia’s iRig 2

(Source: IK Multimedia)

(Source: IK Multimedia)

iRig 2 is a new and improved version of the company’s groundbreaking guitar interface, which packs new features like intuitive gain control, a 1/4″ amplifier output and Android compatibility into a sleek pocketable enclosure. Goes to show, rockers will soon be replacing their guitar pedal with smartphones!

Will you be joining us in Vegas for International CES 2015? If so, here’s all you need to know. See you soon!