CES 2015: 5 need-to-know issues for the enterprise
1. The wireless office - brought to you by Intel
Intel CEO Brian Krzanich’s keynote at the International CES in Las Vegas featured a demo of a tablet being charged wirelessly after being placed on a table.
The company is partnering with Marriott to bring wireless computing to hotels later this year. Its other partners include Hilton, Dupont, Emirates and San Francisco airport.
2. BlackBerry hopes for comeback with IoT for the enterprise
BlackBerry hopes to go back to its enterprise roots with a new offering - an Internet of Things (IoT) platform designed for businesses.
It will start by trying to sell the platform to companies that need to keep track of valuable things that move around a lot, such as the automotive and shipping industries. Energy and healthcare are also potential industrial applications in the future.
3. Ford's CTO says the future’s driverless
Presumably this will be enabled by technology like Nvidia's 'mobile super chip', Tegra X1, which it says will help achieve truly self-driving cars. The chip will help in the development of intelligent cars that recognise objects, images, signs and lanes.
4. 3D printing branches out into composite materials
MakerBot, one of the best-known makers of desktop 3D printers, said its products will be able to print objects using composite materials that combine plastic with wood, metal or stone.
A demonstration of a 3D printed hammer at CES suggests wider applications of the technology, for example by manufacturers or retailers who might use it to print spare parts or other hardware.
5. Smart devices dominate this year's CES - but what about data security?
Forrester analyst Tyler Shields was bemused to find that data security did not appear to be a high priority for any of the smart device vendors at CES - or at least the people manning the booths did not appear to be very savvy on the subject.
A top US Federal Trade Commissioner has also warned that while internet connected devices have great potential, tech companies should put more effort into protecting consumer privacy and security.
6. But...let's not forget CES is fun
If all that is just a bit too much for you, after all, CES should also be fun, kick back and have a beer - an IoT-brewed one, of course.
Could you persuade your boss that a PicoBrew Zymatic beer brewing appliance is essential for the office?
Later this year you'll be able to print with materials containing wood, metal or stone
Intel's smallest ever wearable computer was almost invisible to the eye during a CES keynote
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