The first week of January, the RPO team joined almost 200,000 people in Las Vegas to scope out the technology trends that are expected to impact the optics industry.
Organized by the Consumer Technology Association, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is known as the largest gadget show of the year. Companies show off their latest advancements and give attendees a snapshot of what's to come for the next year. The show also provides great insight into what technology is advancing, and how optical assemblies will enable consumer demand.
"CES is packed shoulder to shoulder. It's really unlike any other show where you can walk down the aisles, there is something new everywhere you look at CES," said Adam Dunn.
As a company that is always looking to stay ahead in the market and provide their customers with optical design and performance that creates competitive advantage, RPO walked away with strong expectations for 2017. The team's main takeaways include:
The top 3 Trends for CES 2017
- VR is not going away
Virtual reality dominated the show. There were more than enough opportunities to try on headsets that promised a unique virtual reality experience. An industry standard appeared to be present in the HTC Vive headset, with most exhibitors using that model to display their content. Seeing where companies take VR next could lead to interesting opportunities in the optics market.
- Drones still have a large presence
While VR may have dominated the show, drones weren't far behind. As more advanced commercial applications emerge, optical systems can certainly play a role in expanding the market.
- 4D is on its way
4D is the technology to watch. The 4D experience was featured by a select few exhibitors, such as Samsung, who gave participants the chance to physically feel the videos they were watching. The wait for these types of viewing experiences is promised to be shorter than expected for consumers.
As optics-enabled technologies move from defense, life sciences and industrial use into consumer space, cost and supply chain capabilities are critical. Aspheres, molded glass and plastic optics, and other optical manufacturing techniques can significantly drive out cost, weight and size.
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