The pace of change in advertising and consumer behavior continues to be frantic and to accelerate, so our annual trip to CES in Las Vegas continues to remind us how, in relative terms, hardware changes more slowly than both software and our expectations. In fact, CES in 2016 didn’t show a revolution in electronics and consumer products, but more of an evolution. The products were similar yet faster, thinner, cheaper and above all else, more connected.
This moment feels like the early stages of a new era, a time when all products are becoming cloud connected, touch screens are everywhere, and all media is digital. Yet it’s not quite the Internet of things — it’s the interim of things. We don’t yet have a complete smart home, we have sophisticated homes that sometimes don’t quite work. We have 3D printers without totally compelling use cases, and robotic body parts that don’t quite make a full humanoid.
The companies succeeding are those that are innovating and collaborating to solve real consumer needs, while staying true to a clear brand purpose. From artificial intelligence and cognitive computing, to drone technologies, virtual reality and biometric sensing, to 8k video and 360 surround sound, there are tremendous opportunities on the horizon.
Please read on to view the ten themes that make up this moment in time.
With special thanks to Rori DuBoff, Jez Jowett, Tom Goodwin and the team at Havas Worldwide.