CES 2018: The Global Stage for Innovation
Every day, technology improves the lives of consumers around the world. At CES 2018, attendees saw this tech in action. More than 4,400 exhibitors highlighting world-changing technologies spanned 2.78 million net square feet across Las Vegas, making it the largest CES to date. More than 182,000 attendees also came to learn about the latest technologies from a comprehensive conference program with more than 1,100 speakers in more than 250 sessions. Executives from top companies including 605, A+E Networks, Baidu, Comcast Cable, Discovery Communications, Financial Times, Ford Motor Co., Huawei, Hulu, Intel, Liontree LLC, MACRO, MediaLink, SDxCentral, Turner, a Time Warner Co., YouTube and Verizon shared their visions for the future of technology across various CES stages.
New innovation was unveiled by more than 1,000 startups from 42 countries in Eureka Park, home for startups at CES. Eureka Park is the place for entrepreneurs to share their ideas and passion with the world, where investors come to find their next unicorn and where corporations come to look for partnerships and acquisitions. CES 2018 also saw nearly two hundred government leaders attend the show including one cabinet official, 10 members of congress and six international ministers. All of this combined to cement CES as the largest, most influential technology event in the world, featuring the latest in 5G, smart cities, AI, sports technology, AR/VR and other burgeoning technologies.
Connectivity was woven into almost everything at CES. From smart homes to smartphones, exhibitors showed how the physical world will be more connected to the digital world than ever before, thanks to the speed and efficiency of 5G technology. Larger data capacity, lower latency, faster networks and responsive speeds makes 5G a catalyst for growth. These connections will revolutionize transportation systems with self-driving cars, healthcare through connected patient-doctor systems, cities with smart capabilities, augmented/virtual reality applications and content, and entertainment innovation.
A strong focus on artificial intelligence (AI) showed how data analytics, speech recognition and predictive tech are now integrated into almost every marketplace and category at CES. The power of data was demonstrated at the Intel keynote as the company used AI to create music and set the new Guinness World Record for flying 110 mini drones indoors. Exhibitors such as Baidu, IBM, iFLYTEK and Yamaha Motors showcased technologies ranging from self-driving cars to robots to digital assistants.
Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality
Another big trend at CES 2018 was augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR), expanding into all industries and showcased by exhibitors like Carl Zeiss, Kodak, NVIDIA, Royole and Sony. AR technologies were seen at CES solving everything from educational to retail needs. VR highlighted use cases in agriculture, manufacturing and business. From the products seen on the show floor, consumers can expect different ways to experience the virtual world from updated headsets to eyewear.
Smart Cities, on the show floor for the first time in a concentrated way, showed a glimpse of what the connected future will look like. Exhibitors like Deloitte, Ericsson, Itron and the European Commission showcased tech that will be used to improve infrastructure, energy use, transportation, public health, safety and quality of life. Together they bring major CES themes to life with their technologies: IoT, 5G connectivity, artificial intelligence and data analytics. Companies like Ford are also tackling issues related to increasing urban populations by focusing on creating reliable self-driving cars and buses for a system-based smart city. Conference sessions led by policymakers, city officials and industry innovators covered other key issues including emergency preparedness and reducing waste.
Advancements in athlete-enhancing smart products, smart venues and next-generation sponsorships were trending at CES 2018, changing not only how sports are played, but also how fans experience sporting events. Turner Broadcasting and Sports Innovation Lab presented conference tracks that explored these tech advances. In “Evolving the Content Ecosystem,” a panel of the world’s top sport leagues and content producers discussed new methods to deliver content to fans in more creative and engaging ways.
Save the date for CES 2019 – January 8-11, 2019 in Las Vegas.