DesignBranch spent last weekend at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Meeting with clients, walking the tradeshow floor and experiencing new products inspires us to keep pushing our designs forward. Paper thin flexible screens wowed the audience. Cross-over objects were around every corner. Trash cans generate shopping lists as packaging is disposed of and toilets lift their own lids. Smart everyday objects are here. Connectivity is current.
Right now, at this show prices were high. It is time to re-think our everyday with integrated, cross-over objects that know us. It is also time to start working on these designs with cost-efficiency in mind. The blue-sky, high priced products are only the beginning. And it is a beginning that has been long coming. Ray Bradbury wrote in the 1950’s about tables that could clear themselves . . . why haven’t we done it? Medical scans were the norm in 1960’s Star Trek. The technology is finally catching up to our imagination. It is time for us to start harnessing it.
As our population ages and products become smarter, how can we better serve consumers? How can manufacturers profit from all that is available to us?
Product design pulls ideas from imagination and puts things in our homes. Industrial design integrates mechanics, smart technology and semantics so that the new is easy to use. Comfort is as important as innovation. How an object feels in your hand matters as much as how it keeps track of your information. I want to see meaningful smart objects in all our homes. I want to see manufacturers profiting from seamless integrations of technology.
I can’t wait to see what the Home Show has in response.