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CES 2015: My UC Takeaways

January 13, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Phil Edholm / No Jitter

Consumer oriented or not, last week's CES extravaganza provided a look at innovative technologies that may find their way into the world of enterprise communications.

I know CES is predominantly a consumer event, but I think it shows what is coming for those of us in the enterprise. So last week I ventured into the world of 4K TVs, drones, robots, 3D printers, wearables, smart cars and all other things technical and weird to see what I could find. Yes, I went to CES 2015 in Las Vegas looking for unified communications products and their impacts.

CES was huge -- almost overwhelming, with more than 160,000 attendees converging on multiple venues. One of the small halls at the Las Vegas Convention Center is bigger than the entire Enterprise Connect floor, and CES filled 10 or so of those, as well as many other venues. It featured an astounding range of technology, from cars to sous-vide cookers. Taking it all in, I found a few trends worth mentioning here for the impact they'll have in enterprise communications.

The Rise of Machine Visualization, Augmented Reality
The first area of interest is in the connection of technology to the real world. This requires mechanisms for computers to visualize the real world and then present it in new ways to the user. I saw a number of technologies in the area of machine visualization, for example, with the most significant being Intel's RealSense.

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