If you don’t already know: don’t expect CES to be a gadget show, as value creation is shifting away from hardware to AI and ecosystem platforms (see: https://blogs.gartner.com/werner-goertz/2018/12/21/expect-incremental-innovation-not-disruption-consumer-electronics-show-ces-2019/ )
If you are still hungry for innovation that you can touch, feel, and that burns up battery power, then here are some products and categories for your radar:
Flexible displays: Royole (www.royole.com) has a phone that folds out to be a tablet. I don’t give its proprietary OS and consequently its lack of app support much chance (note that the Samsung device that was teased out at Samsung Developers Conference 2018 has Android support). However, Royole’s thin film display and sensor technology is worth a look, as it has applications in automotive, smart speakers, etc.
Smart glasses revisited: just as I thought my days of being a “Google Glasshole” were over, along come vendors like China’s LLVision of ThirdEye (www.thirdeyegen.com) who breathe new life into a device category we deemed dead (whatever happened to Intel’s project, anyway?). The killer-app that seems to be emerging is “I-see-what-you-see” (images captured in the field are transmitted to a supervisor or AR expert system).
Personal Robotics: Reinforcement Learning, about to be democratized by services like AWS Robomaker, will certainly democratize this aspect of AI. It enables machines to adapt to real world environments. The impact is still too early for products and services to be visible at CES, so I am expecting no more than the toy robots from Japan, Taiwan, China. A concept worth checking out is JD.com’s last mile delivery cart.
Those are my top 3 techs from the Media Day at CES. Stay tuned for Day One news, as I prepare myself for a huge Google devices and Google Home presence.
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