The most important trade expo in terms of consumer electronics is getting started in Las Vegas. The 2018 Consumer Electronics Show, more commonly known as CES, will feature thousands of new gadgets, but technology analysts are also expecting to see important advances in the fields of marketing, artificial intelligence, medicine, and transportation.
Whereas the 2017 CES was underscored by a heavy focus on smart home automation, this year’s edition of the event will likely place more attention to the emerging fields of virtual reality and artificial intelligence. One example in this regard is South Korean tech giant LG, which is expected to debut an advanced television set operated by Google Assistant, one of the leading artificial intelligence devices currently in the market; in fact, quite a few other tech firms plan to incorporate Google Assistant into their products.
General Electric plans to unveil a new ceiling light that can be controlled by means of Google Assistant voice commands while also serving as a bridge to this app; in other words, homeowners can issue commands to the lamps hanging above their heads for the purpose of looking up information, scheduling tasks, streaming music, making appointments, getting news, ordering goods and services, controlling other smart home devices, and making voice calls.
Another tech firm incorporating artificial intelligence is HiRide, which will introduce a mountain bike suspension system capable of interpreting road conditions for the purpose of providing a smoother ride.
According to a report published by BBC News, smart goggles that greatly augment vision will also be introduced during CES. An Israeli company is expected to showcase a headset that can greatly augment vision by means of letting algorithms improve the images seen by people with visual impairments.
One of the most curious devices arriving at CES will be presented by Miliboo, a company that has been working on a smart sofa that collects information about television viewing habits and correlates them to the posture assumed by viewers during specific programming. One concern about this type of smart home technology is whether outside third parties will be collecting this information and what they may plan to do with it.
Finally, Samsung and LG will compete in the lucrative segment of ultra high-resolution televisions. Consumers who are no longer impressed by 4K displays should get ready for 8K, and those who are already used to Dolby Vision will likely be impressed by HDR10+.