CES 2020 – The Global Stage for Innovation

15 January 2020

The festive season may have come to an end, but the Christmas holidays and New Year celebrations were not the only thing a lot of us in Tech were looking forward to. The annual CES 2020 Tech event was also eagerly anticipated, which this year-round was held in the Las Vegas Convention Centre on the first days of the New Year.

CES is an annual trade show and technology conference and the premier event when it comes to Tech for all those who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. It is considered the global stage where future innovations are introduced to the marketplace for the first time with some of the biggest tech companies globally attending. It was originally created in 1967 and has served as a proving ground for many of the ground-breaking products and services we use the last 5 decades in our daily lives.

Owned and produced by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)®, it attracts the world’s business leaders and pioneering thinkers. The event was a great success, featuring more than 20,000 new and innovative products and services, by over 4500 companies some of which will eventually (some already are) fundamentally shape how we will see and define the future. A variety of experts, analysts and tech giants were also present and offered their vision of the future as CES explores future trends and the effects they will have on the economy, job growth, and individuals across the globe.

This year the event was exceptionally interesting with a number of exciting new products unveiled that will definitely dominate the market in the years to come. There was definitely a particular emphasis on “Self-Love” – “Health” and of course “Connectivity” offering more on the field of Restoration rather than Innovation. There were – as always – the usual futuristic and quirky items but the prime focus for major brands was on their aim to “bring people together,” followed by the unveiling of products that promised to make life easier, happier, and less chaotic.

Mobility, artificial intelligence, VR and robotics also took prominent place in the CES event with their own entire dedicated section. The latest innovations in virtual and augmented reality – as well as gaming – took centre stage and allowed visitors to discover how immersive experiences are being used across industries, from health care to agriculture and manufacturing to retail and explore future opportunities.

Finally, it would not be possible for us to “let you go” without our 3 highlights of this year’s event. With thousands of products and exhibitors and some truly exceptional products it was not an easy choice. Nonetheless we believe our favourites will also excite you and offer an alternative view of how Mobility, A.I, and VR could become a major part of our lives in the not so distant future.

  1. Toyota’s Woven City

Toyota’s Woven City was unanimously the most exciting and ambition unveil at this year’s event. It involves the creation of a prototype community in Japan where humans can take residence, but all vehicles are autonomous. Toyota’s concept is that future cities should be built around cars and it wants to imagine a city that’s built for more sustainable forms of transportation. Click here for more information.

  1. C-V2X RSU

As a global solution for transportation communications, C-V2X is designed to improve automotive safety, traffic efficiency, and automated driving with its low latency communications, allowing vehicles to communicate directly with other vehicles, pedestrians, and roadside infrastructure without the involvement of a cellular network or network subscription. The technology also enables emergency vehicles to get green lights in the direction of travel while safely bringing all other traffic to a halt, as well as alerting drivers to road conditions and other hazards even when there is no visibility.

  1. Wearables Technologies

It really was not easy for us to make a pick here, so we decided to go with the whole section. Some unreal and highly innovative products were on show at the event and evidently demonstrated the upcoming rise of wearable technologies in the near future. Some of our favourites included the Well Smart Belt Pro, the Amazfit T-Rex and the Panasonic VR Glasses.

  1. BlackBerry QNX and its partnership with Amazon Web Services

Another important announcement was that of BlackBerry QNX and its partnership with Amazon Web Services. BlackBerry exhibited QNX unit would demonstrate a connected vehicle platform along with AWS. The concept behind this idea is that QNX, a real-time OS that dominates autos, will connect with AWS’s Internet of things services. BlackBerry QNX and AWS are targeting automotive OEMs to bring services, personalization, health monitoring, and advanced driver assistance (ADAS) to vehicles

Feel free to click here to download the Trends and Takeaways insights report produced by the CES as well as a variety of other resources available for purchase.

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