The largest consumer electronics show has opened in Las Vegas. Until 11 January, CES 2019 will showcase the latest technology developments from over 4500 companies. More than 20,000 products are expected to be launched.
As stated by Gary Shapiro, the head of the CTA which organises CES, “the entire technology ecosystem is gathered at CES 2019, with the latest in 5G, artificial intelligence, augmented and virtual reality, smart cities, sports tech, 8K video technology, robotics and more. With every major and emerging industry here at the show, CES 2019 is truly the global hub for innovation.”
In anticipation of the opening of CES 2019, the CTA presented the key technology trends on display this year. This included 5G, smart homes, artificial intelligence, VR/AR, self-driving cars, digital health and resilient technologies. Each of the areas benefits from the many standards developed by the IEC.
5G will enable many of the promised made for a connected age. As an EVP of Qualcomm stated, “we spent the last 30 years connecting people. We will spend the next 30 years connecting things.”
Around the world, from the US to Asia and Europe, 5G services are beginning to launch. Devices are expected to become to be available and telecom operators are offering limited services.
The importance of 5G has reached CES 2019 with the leading US telecom operators are present, one of which will deliver a keynote presentation on future of connectivity through 5G.
According the CTA, interoperability and intelligence are the next trends in smart homes. For example, security cameras will usher in a new era of intelligent imaging with many companies showcasing smart doorbell products.
The smart home security market is growing. According to the analyst firm Futuresource, the security and monitoring segment of smart homes is shipping in high volume and benefits from the highest average prices per unit. It estimated that nearly 110 million smart home devices were shipped worldwide in 2018.
According to the CTA, artificial intelligence will bring about the intelligence of things. AI is on display throughout CES 2019 in processors and chips, embedded AI, machine learning and digital assistants.
Voice assistants are expected to be available in everything, from cars to appliances. It is expected to become the new “go-to” interface for users. Already, Amazon’s Alexa is compatible with over 20,000 devices.
At CES 2019, one of the highlights for virtual reality (VR) is a full body haptic suit. Augmented reality (AR) will be present through headsets, glasses and smart mirrors. Applications will demonstrate how AR can amplify the user experience in retail, sports and at museums.
According to the CTA, cars will be automated by 2020 and autonomous by 2030. Billions of dollars are currently being invested in self-driving technologies with self-driving fleets expected to soon be available in several large US cities.
With over 170 of its exhibitors involved in transportation, CES 2019 considers itself to be the largest auto show in the world.
Technology is expected to impact health, from digital therapeutics to remote patient monitoring. According to the CTA, technology will enhance traditional medical practices, encourage behavioural changes and provide stand-alone direct therapy. This will allow health to become increasingly personalized as well as provide individuals with more autonomy in managing their health.
The full presentation is available online.