aNb Media News, January 2, 2019

Here are the Top Tech Trends for Families at CES 2019

Living in Digital Times, a partner program of CES, shared the top trends for families, kids, babies, beauty and innovators at CES 2019 (January 7-12 in Las Vegas). Top trends and highlights for 2019 include:

Sensors Get Superhuman Powers when Backed By AI/Machine Learning
Sensors have influenced our lives for a while but this year’s newfound power for all things family- and home-related come from predictive analytics, such as monitoring what time you usually do something or what’s abnormal behavior.

Young Families Learn from Tech the Way They Once Learned from their Parents
Sensors and Bluetooth once again are built into an array of devices designed to give young families peace of mind, including how to properly breastfeed, monitoring baby from rooms away, or even whether an child’s temperature is normal.

Kids Tech Toys are Forgoing Screens
Robots, voice-enabled assistants, AR and VR experiences, learning coding—today’s kids are used to roaming the world freely, untethered to devices. The newest tech toys for kids tend not to have screens that force them to stay in one place. Tech becomes an adjunct to their lives. The argument about screen time and kids is becoming more and more specious.

Tough World Problems Getting Solved By Smart Kids
Today’s teenager is already comfortable with machine learning, AI and creative problem solving, when given the right opportunities. The winners of Living in Digital Times’ 2019 Young Innovators to Watch awards are all but 17 years old and tackling global problems such as dementia, quantum computing, and blockchain.

Privacy vs. “Free” is the Challenge for High Tech Families
The more time families spend on social media, the more they shop online and the more they become targets for identity theft. Today the tradeoff is that you freely give up personal information in exchange for the freedom to communicate and surf the web. Many say this current paradigm has had its heyday and a new one awaits.

Talking Across Generations
As boomers begin to retire and GenZ begins having their own kids, the need for intergenerational communications, play and experiences is stronger than ever.