The future is now: mind-boggling tech at Consumer Electronics Show
Voice technology, robots, drones, augmented and virtual reality: all this and more at the world's largest consumer trade show, in Las Vegas
Possibly the only thing lacking at the world’s largest consumer trade show, in Las Vegas, Nevada, is time to go round all the stalls (never mind get one’s head around all the game-changing technology on exhibit).
The annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES), organized by America’s Consumer Technology Association (CTA), is due to finish up today (Friday, January 12) and kicked off on Tuesday. It involved over 200 conference sessions and 3,900 companies (including 900 startups) showing off a host of innovations across 24 product categories.
Augmented and virtual reality presentations grabbed much of the headline attention, with visitors queuing up to try out headsets.
Companies showed off drones that are becoming ever-lighter and more sophisticated in terms of the imaging they produce. Intel gave a spectacular drone light show.
Meanwhile, several companies showcased “humanoid products”: intelligent and loveable companions clearly targeted at both children and “kidults,” as well as having functionality in, for example, elderly care.
Another bustling area of the show covered health and well-being. Many of the biotech and wearable health gadgets on display combine advanced functions with chic and sleek designs.
Voice command functions are becoming increasingly integral to technology for homes and vehicles.
Another big draw at the show was vehicular technology. With advances in self-driving cars and cloud computing, knowing how to control steering wheel and pedals may soon be an outdated skill.