We just wrapped up at the CES 2018 trade show in Las Vegas, where we saw a massive array of new and improved technologies and products on display and attended a wide range of talks and presentations, in addition to giving a presentation of our own. Here, we share just a few of the highlights and interesting takeaways from this year’s show:
5G connectivity is coming soon: 5G connectivity is 50 times faster than the current 4G. Whereas it would take 26 hours to download a two-hour movie on a 3G network, and six minutes on today’s 4G network, downloading the same movie would take just 3.6 seconds on a 5G network. Short-term development will be completed this year, with longer-term development extending through 2020.
More advances in autonomous driving: Toyota President Akio Toyoda announced a new, on-demand autonomous vehicle that will support a range of business applications. The company envisions autonomous mobility services as a core part of its overall business and at CES, it showcased the e-Palette, a fully automated electric vehicle powered by Toyota’s autonomous technology and designed to support a range of uses, including ride sharing, delivery and retail.
On the opening night of CES, Nvidia held a two-hour, exclusive press conference at which founder and CEO Jensen Huang predicted that, in the future, all cars will be autonomous. Nvidia announced two new partnerships, with Uber and Volkswagen, bringing the total number of companies using the Nvidia Drive car computer platform to more than 320.
Moving from East to West: Huawei is making its US debut, and the company announced the launch of the Mate 10 Pro Handset and other connected devices at CES. Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group, introduced Huawei to the US audience and announced the availability of its Mate 10 Pro smartphone. Huawei is the world’s largest telecom equipment company, with a strong worldwide presence, but it is not well known in the US due to an earlier ban on its telecom equipment by the US government. Nonetheless, the company has transformed itself from an unknown into a top global smartphone vendor. Its new Mate 10 Pro is the first handset to include an artificial intelligence (AI) chip for image processing. It was designed to excel on the three measures that consumers care most about: battery life, image quality and download speed. At CES, the company discussed several other consumer offerings, including smart-home protocols and a set of Wi-Fi routers.
Wearables en vogue: Kate Spade initially entered the hybrid smartwatch category in 2016, launching a wrist wearable with a Bluetooth chip. At this year’s CES, the company introduced a new line of smartwatches with full touchscreen capabilities in collaboration with Fossil. The Kate Spade New York Scallop Touchscreen Smartwatch is powered by Android Wear 2.0 and includes a 1.2-inch, circular OLED display as well as an ambient light sensor. The watch comes in three different styles and runs an app called Choose Your Look, which asks wearers questions about what time of day it is and the color of their jewelry, handbag and outfit, and then generates a watch face color to match the wearer’s outfit.
The future of healthcare: The first media day of the CES show opened with a description of what “living in digital times” will mean for healthcare. Presenters suggested that medicine will be hyperpersonalized and that gene sequencing will be used to create personalized medicines. AI and machine learning will magnify the power of medicine, and there will be huge growth in telemedicine, with healthcare providers diagnosing and treating diseases remotely. Patient-centered healthcare will simplify the process for consumers, and technology such as personal digital assistants will be able to assist patients – for example, the devices will remind people to take their medications. Lastly, software will be used in digital therapeutics and wearable devices will be employed in cognitive health and pain management.