This year I had the opportunity to go to CES. The reason was to get an idea of what technology companies are working on. This helps us to create strategies for the future that take advantage of these technologies.
I knew going in that there would be a lot of tablets. Apple’s release of the iPad last year was a huge hit and everybody else is trying to cash in. CES had announcements of 80 different tablets, most of them running some flavor of Android.
What surprised me was the many companies working on power management. This ranged from cell phone cases with solar panels to wind turbines and battery backup for your entire house. This has many implications for missionaries who are living in locations without stable electricity.
I compiled a report on my visit and the technology that I believe will impact Lutheran Bible Translators and other mission organizations. It can be found at CES Travel Report.