In the alleys of the Las Vegas Convention Center and the halls of the largest hotels of the Strip, multinationals, and start-ups have demonstrated their latest technological advances, between unusual gadgets and futuristic innovations at the service of consumers, providing a comprehensive overview of trends sector and an ever more connected daily. Overview of the main trends of the show.
Artificial Intelligence Is Essential Every Day
The key word this year was artificial intelligence (AI). At the crossroads of the bottom line and the marketing argument, the AI – the ability of a machine to learn and perform tasks for which it was not programmed via data analysis – was on all lips.
Amazon and Google have dueled at the top to place their assistants Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant in the most possible products – cars, watches, appliances, speakers, etc. – to control them by voice and make it the gateway to their services within the connected home.
The Autonomous Car Shapes Its Experience
As the automobile calendar has been in the dark for less than a decade, the CES still gave pride of place to the autonomous car. While waiting for their release, industry players have focused this year to imagine what life could look like in cars without drivers.
Thanks to advances in artificial intelligence, several companies have come up with solutions to improve the safety and comfort of passengers. And especially to offer tailor-made experiences. Barded with touch screens and interactive panels, the autonomous car could indeed become a new Eldorado for entertainment.
The Pixel Race Of Televisions
In television, the future belongs to those who think big. Like every year, TV makers have been competing for spectacular ads at CES. This edition was the scene of a gigantic race between LG and Samsung that presented several XXL diagonals (up to 146 shots) to push the boundaries of the genre.
South Korean rivals have also brought 8K, eight times HD. A technological feat that currently has no interest for the consumer, while the 4K is still struggling to become more democratic and no content is available in this definition.
The Connected House Becomes More Accessible
Become a reality thanks to technological progress, the intelligent home is today in the process of democratization. While Samsung and LG are struggling to gain control of this market, by making the TV the nerve center of the house, French companies, present in numbers in Las Vegas, have proposed solutions promising greater comfort and security, even a lower energy bill, to consumers.
Robots Are Not Ready Yet
Even though they are still among the most noticeable attractions in tech fairs, robots are not yet on the verge of cohabiting with humans. As a flagship product of LG’s presentation, the CLOi robot remained desperately dumb when it was supposed to demonstrate its ability to control domestic connected objects.
Despite the touching facial expressions and some entertaining features, the dog robot Sony presents for its part a modest interest for its price of 1,500 euros. Like him, most models are still offered at high prices and remain confined to limited tasks. The French start-up Campoy stands out with Laïka, a companion robot for lonely dogs.
The Next Innovations Of The Mobile
Not very fertile in ads on the telephony front, the CES confirmed the difficulties of manufacturers to integrate a fingerprint sensor directly under the screen of a smartphone. This technology will offer a fingerprint reader on the face before smartphones with an edge-to-edge screen. The first prototype presented by Synaptics proved to be less precise and faster than the existing sensors, arranged on a button.
The CES, on the other hand, gave birth to several promising announcements in terms of autonomy. The processor specialist Qualcomm presented in Las Vegas a particularly economical chip capable of tripling the endurance of Bluetooth devices.
And a new generation of laptops exposed in Las Vegas announces more than a full day of autonomy through the use of the same chips as high-end smartphones.