From extremes like robot teachers to soon-to-be ubiquitous technologies like wearable devices, CES 2015 did not disappoint.
The annual International Consumer Electronics Show is the showcase for newer technologies already in the marketplace and those soon to debut.
“What is popular in the consumer market is becoming more of the backbone of education, because that’d what students bring in,” said Kerry Goldstein, producer of TransformingEDU, the show’s education track. “There’s no place better than CES to look at what is going on with technology.”
The top five trends at CES this year were:
Augmented technology/virtual reality: The University of Chihuahua (Mexico) is using the technology in the arts and the sciences. Art students are virtually traveling to different renowned art museums to see different artists work in a much more immersive way than books or simple video will allow. Similarly, chemistry and biology students are using virtual reality to conduct experiments, study how the heart works, etc.
Not all colleges or universities have access to the latest science or to medical labs, Goldstein explained, so the virtual reality technology enables them to teach these subjects without these facilities.
Watch: Oculus Rift Car Flip demo at CES:
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