Zippy here…I just returned from CES 2015 with a great outlook on the future. Every year I go, and every year I wonder what will be the key theme. There is always a lot of “Marketing Hype”, but it takes a keen frog’s eye to spot the diamonds among the dust.
The most interesting technology with a positive, but unknown future is 3D printers. Most people are aware of them now, even having a cameo role in popular television shows like Grey’s Anatomy with Medical Advances. The military is considering these for use in the field, and I’m sure there are people working on ideas where the consumer can purchase a drawing, download it, and then print their product at home. It makes all the DRONE hype look silly…other than the fact that someone printed a drone…from a 3D printer.
For companies like us, the ability to create ideas, print them, and test them in a day is an absolute amazing possibility that has now become a reality. I really have no idea what the future has in store, but I’m positive that 3D printers will play a part very soon.
There were a bunch of companies working on wearable tech, especially related to both health and fitness. To me, I think there will be a nugget or two here, but I think they are mostly barking up a very limited tree. It’s all very cool, but I just don’t know how they will turn the ideas into an ongoing and sustainable business, beyond the early adopter phase. We’ll wait and see how these cool technologies settle and a few positive ones emerge. Good luck – we’ll be watching.
Self-driving cars – very cool – who wouldn’t want to have a brain behind the wheel that calculates a gazillion possibilities a second, and is paying 100% attention to driving. Plus – it can talk to all the other self-driving cars around to make sure everyone knows who is going where and when. I’m sure people are afraid of this technology, but I’m excited about the possibilities.
What was very interesting to me is that the most recent product that we have delivered to the market, did not make a very big appearance at the show by our competitors. Tempered Glass has been a very strong product in Wireless Retail stores this year. ZipKord has just announced “Color Guardz” which is a combination of the thinnest and strongest Tempered Glass on the market, with cool fashionable colors to help customize your smartphone.
You can check it out here: www.guardz.com, and you can walk into your local A Wireless Verizon Premium Reseller to get one for your phone !! The gauntlet has been set – look out world – ZipKord is coming !!