CES — arguably the biggest event that hosts presentations of new products and technologies in the consumer electronics industry! An annual trade show organized by the Consumer Technology Association that attracts attention from all around the world. It is a showcase of the immortals of the industry.
Amidst hundreds of new, disruptive products showcased at the event I have picked my top five. The five products or technology that I think will reshape the world.
CES hinted strongly at a big future for the prospect of robots in your home. Amazon’s Alexa and Google home are trying to better their devices so they can engage in conversations with humans. These voice assistants are the first steps towards the future which robots will dominate. Autonomy is a key defining factor of robotics. The basic idea of a robot — a movable machine that can engage in a communication by decoding a message, can logic, reason and take required actions. It should also be able to assess surrounding conditions.
IDC forecasts that worldwide spending on robotics and related services will hit $188 billion in 2020. Last year saw 128 robotics-related startups pull in $1.95 billion in funding (Katie C., 2017)
Volvo, Tesla, Uber, and Google’s Waymo are all trying to get their first driver-less cars on road, prioritizing safety and efficiency. Uber inked a deal with Volvo in August to purchase 100 cars by the end of the year, the goal of outfitting them with the ride-hail company’s autonomous hardware. Elon Musk has already said that he looks forward to the first autonomous Tesla to travel from LA to New York by end of the year. Certainly, a massive and exciting, next few years for the auto industry!!
Asus’s smartphone that puts AR and VR on your palm:
Asus introduced ZenFone AR, the first phone that doubles down on the future, promising both virtual realities (with Google’s Daydream platform) and augmented reality through Google’s Tango technology. Mark Zuckerberg has already said in public, he considers AR and VR to be the next big things and Asus’s attempt in putting them to every man’s palm are the baby steps.
Honda’s Bike that balances itself:
Honda is making the first ever bike that balances by itself. This will increase safety by many folds while drivers enjoy driving their bikes with more freedom. Everyone had wished for self-balancing bikes but none thought this concept would be a reality this soon.
Sony’s Razor thin watch:
The future is here!
Sony introduced their e-think watch concept, which shows time and can change design and color. Outstandingly, the display is razor thin. The wearable market is certainly looking dominant and a fashionista.
CES 2017 has been a boundless event with tech firms and manufacturing companies showcasing their best products — products that will surely disrupt the coming decades. As we move to the first quarter of the 21st-century things are looking promising and ever more exciting. But there is one major setback — the price tag!
The Ewaybot (a 4-feet-tall humanoid) costs roughly $30,000 and the self-driving cars are still without a price tag. The middle classes won’t be able to afford these products any soon like it was for computers. Computers were afforded and popularized nearly 40 years after they were invented. The key — mass production! Like computers, these life changing products are going to need time to be perfected and mass produced, so they can be afforded by the middle class and gain popularity. And that will change and revolutionize the world we live in!
The first quarter of the new millennium is nicely shaping the era — the era of robots, autonomy, and AI.
(Lee, N. 2017), Gizmodo.com, Cnet.com