Special Report: Consumer Electronics

New applications of technologies on display at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show

9 April 2015
/img/international-ces-2015-las-vegas-1420550369452-1428507475506.jpgPhoto: Consumer Electronics Association

The 2015 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas had plenty of flashy technology on display, including virtual reality headsets for gaming, a synchronized drone show, and self-driving cars. However, this issue of The Institute was inspired by applications—some of them on the showroom floor and some of them being discussed by panels of experts at CES—that are designed to benefit humanity and maybe even save lives.

The same word-prediction approach used in smartphones has been incorporated into physicist Steven Hawking’s communications device, making it faster for him to get his thoughts written on a computer screen. Augmented reality is being tested to help children with autism use their imaginations and develop social skills. And AR head-up displays and eye-tracking technology may soon be installed in vehicles to help drivers keep their eyes on the road. You’ll also learn about the skills needed to land a job in the fast-growing area of 3-D printing. 

The IEEE Consumer Electronics Society offers a variety of conferences, publications, and workshops to keep you up to speed on the latest technology. And you can read about the IEEE standards that make possible the technology many of us use in our homes and carry around every day. 

TECH FOCUS

/img/tech1-1428349074253.jpgAugmented Reality Can Help Children With Autism Tap Into Their Imaginations

One researcher’s system helps them improve their play skills

/img/tech-1428346866673.jpgConsumer Electronics May Curb Distracted Driving

Augmented reality and eye-tracking systems could help prevent car crashes

Career and Education

/img/career-1428351476202.jpgThirty-Five Percent of Engineering Jobs Now Require 3-D Printing Skills

Learn what it takes to get in on the ground floor

OPINIONS

quest120Are We Obsessed With the Internet of Things?

One blog uses humor to argue that the technology may be going too far

/img/blog3-1429295153864.jpgAutomotive Technology is Once Again Driving Innovation

Self-driving cars and new safety features are providing job and investment opportunities

quest120Five Technologies That Should Be Extinct, But Aren’t

Find out which ones have withstood the test of time

blog120Driving Innovation: IEEE Honors Three Automotive Technology Pioneers

They helped develop GPS navigation systems and several safety features

/img/blog4-1429296854281.jpg GM’s Pioneering Research Into Causes of Distracted Driving

IEEE member shares what goes into determining safety features

/img/blog-1429896409484.jpg How Green Are Your Gadgets?

New research looks at the environmental cost of consumer electronics

BENEFITS

prodserv120 Keeping Up With the Latest in High-Tech Gadgets

The IEEE Consumer Electronics Society offers conferences, publications, and more

conf120 Upcoming Conferences Cover Consumer Electronics Technologies

Topics include human-computer interaction, augmented reality, and smart homes

PEOPLE

/img/lama-1428337088934.jpgLama Nachman: Leveraging Technology to Help People With Disabilities

The IEEE member is upgrading Stephen Hawking’s communication system and making it open source