The technological revolution is taking great strides and advancing along previously unexplored ways in increasingly diverse sectors. These new horizons change and evolve every year and have an unmissable meeting point: the CES Exhibition in Las Vegas.
Innovation, technology and avant-garde come together at this event which, every year, attracts scientists and entrepreneurs with an eye on the future. Transparent touch displays, fabrics that open automatically to favor the evaporation of perspiration and drones that operate as air taxis are just some of the innovations featured at the show.
Our designer, Jorge Páez, specialist in the US market, was also in attendance, studying, analyzing and assimilating. We have been talking to him to find out his impressions and his view of the trends and innovations that will shape the future.
What needs will new technology respond to from now on?
Technology seeks to automate processes and make life easier. It is becoming more subtle, and it blends into our environments more naturally, almost as the technology is not there. It aspires to cover people’s needs without them being aware.
In this field, the gestures people make are replacing the old buttons and leavers. There is a proliferation of sensors that are activated by interacting with human body movements. For example, they can read hand movements to operate a virtual keyboard or to drive a next generation car.
In addition, displays are opening a new chapter. We already see folding and moldable dispalys that can be adapted to different silhouettes and transparent dispalys that can be activated or deactivated with subtile gestures.
How do these innovations fit into the home?
Homes are increasingly automated and smart. Human intention is becoming unnecessary in numerous actions which are programmed in a customized manner for every person and every family. From washing machines that detect the type of clothes inside them and choose the wash program, to house video intercoms with facial recognition or a robotic ‘butler’ that controls all the electronic devices at homes. Everything works precisely and automatically.
And, if technology plays the leading role, does this lead to more impersonal environments?
On the contrary. The textures, materials, design, lighting and even the plants seek to create warm and cosy interiors, bringing a human counterpoint to the omnipresent technology. And whether the space in question is a home or a vehicle, everything is intended to favor the wellbeing and relaxation of the user.
How are these innovations incorporated in public spaces?
This duality between welcoming spaces managed by smart technology is also transferred to cities, which pursue a safer and more sustainable way of life. Self-driven land and air transport systems, environmentally friendly building methods and urban installations that use solar power give us an idea of what the cities of the future will be like.
In fact, sustainability has been the star of this show. Electric batteries, vegan fabrics and recyclable materials are now the new normal. Companies closely supervise their production processes to ensure that they are as environmentally friendly as possible. Whether in the manufacturing or the packaging processes, the ‘eco’ lifestyle is a priority.
Is there a sector in which technology has stolen the show?
Health, without a doubt. Care for health and our bodies is a flourishing sector. Smart watches that measure physical exercise and hours of sleep have opened the door to more complex and complete devices.
From electronic glasses that graduate eyesight and generate an automatic order, to clothing fabrics that let the air flow inside if they notice a rise in body temperature.
Technologies are collecting more and more information and doing so in a less invasive way, to improve the efficiency of medical treatment and the experience of the patient. There are countless innovations. Some of the more striking were a device that measures blood sugar levels using the breath and a system that transmits the vital signs of the patient directly from the ambulance to the medical team at the hospital, so that they can anticipate the treatment required before he goes through the door of the accident and emergency department.