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The Enterprise of CES

Why should enterprises care about CES? It’s a huge trade show peddling the latest in consumer tech, right? How true, not to mention the fun of a trip to Vegas! As usual, CES came through with humongous TVs, super thin smartphones, cars that drive themselves, a few weird things one couldn’t possibly imagine having any purpose, really loud music and of course booth babes. But CES also gives us a good idea of what to expect in tech over the next few years and enterprises can glean something from that.

Here are five things that the enterprise world might find of interest, or at least amusing.

Samsung UHD curved

Cool TVs: The competition for the biggest, thinnest TV was on, but the 4K and curved TVs won the popularity contest. 4K TVs, also known as Ultra HD or UHD TVs, are the next generation of television picture quality, displaying four times the detail of HD, according to Trusted Reviews. CNET dismisses them as wasteful, claiming that the human eye can’t really detect such high definition.

The curved TV is exactly what it sounds like. Why would anyone want one? Apparently when you’re watching one, the experience is more immersive. Either or both of these options could be interesting in a conference room and some manufacturers are offering them in desktop monitor sizes, according to Network World.

Bendy phones: For companies that pay for their employees’ phones, or at least foot part of the bill, they will all breathe a sigh of relief when their teams start buying flexible phones, such as the LG G Flex 2, a bendable smartphone. Why? It’s obvious isn’t it? They’ll last longer, having the ability to resist scratches, being sat on, run over, etc.

Motivational desks: Okay, maybe that’s exaggerating things a bit, but they at least promote getting up from one’s desk every once in a while. The Kinetic Desk by a company called Stirworks moves up and down at the touch of a control surface and can be programmed to rise and lower based on a preset schedule. This is meant to force us to get up and move around, according to Network World. I’m not sure a moving desk would make me want to stand up, stretch and take a few laps around my home office, but there you go.

Super smart cameras: Ultra wide stitching cameras, such as the 360 Cam by Giroptic, are stationary cameras with multiple optical sensors and wide-angled, fixed-focal-length lenses that stitch together the images to remove distortions, an issue of previous versions. These devices have potential to be handy boardroom fixtures by adding a more inclusive experience for international clients or tele-conferencing employees, etc., who can choose to view multiple points, such as a PowerPoint presentation, or a particular person’s face.

New payment systems: Square has been the darling of mobile payments for some time and ApplePay has received some hype, but this new product is really cool and could be a very useful tool for small businesses and large brick-and-mortar stores. Loop Pay is a wireless way of paying for products that goes beyond NFC. It uses the credit card machine strip readers to transfer card data via a small chip in a phone case. Plans are in the works to embed this low-cost chip into phones, according to Trusted Reviews.

Did you go to CES? What stood out most for you that could benefit enterprises?