We’re only a few weeks away from the world’s biggest tech show of the year: the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). This year is set to be another incredible showcase of the latest and greatest, technological innovations and gadgets – the place for consumers to see what their favorite companies have in store for the coming year.
Each year, CES feels more and more futuristic as the biggest names in the business strut their stuff. Over the years we’ve seen some widely known products roll out on the CES floor: the video cassette recorder (VCR), the Atari 400, the HD TV, and autonomous vehicle technology in more recent years.
So what can we expect this January? It’s hard to say exactly. We know who’s on the guest list and we’ve heard some rumors about potential products set to launch, but largely, companies are keeping things pretty quiet. After all, the bigger the surprise, the bigger the impact.
Some companies have already announced what they’ll be presenting at CES, and they’ve made their way to the top of our must-see list.
While most of the exhibitors are keeping their products a secret, semiconductor company AMD has already confirmed that they will be unveiling their next generation Ryzen processors at the CES, along with the Ryzen 3rd Generation CPUs and Vega GPUs. Ryzen processors have made an impact on the CPU market and finally broke Intel’s firm grip on the market with their Core II processors, if even by just a little.
Intel on the other hand is rumored to be preparing a new discrete GPU solution with significantly more power than the current integrated Intel Iris Plus and UHD 630 graphics. Intel’s integrated graphics have come a long way since the early 2000’s. If Intel has a new powerful GPU solution that comes with its chipsets, NVidia and AMD might have to start looking over their shoulders.
We’ll be looking out for CES mainstay Samsung and their recently patented transparent TV, “The Window.” As well, keynote speaker LG Electronics is expected to show off their Alpha 9 TV processor that will power its OLED TVs. This processor is said to “further boost visual performance and make colors appear closer than ever to the real thing.”
While still a burgeoning market, VR systems have proven to be popular and exciting for consumers looking to get a taste of what next generation media and gaming looks like. The big players in this space are HTC with their Vive series of headsets and Oculus with the Oculus Rift and Oculus Go. Sony is also in the picture with their PlayStation VR headset.
The big buzz around VR this year is the upcoming 5G and 8K technologies, which are expected to untether headsets from their computers and provide hyper-realistic graphics. HTC, who made a big splash at CES 2018, will be presenting at CES 2019 and they are expected to release a new Vive headset to improve on the existing 4K and wireless technologies they already have on the market.
Garmin is on the list of exhibitors, and while the Apple Watch is still the hottest item in the smartwatch category, Garmin’s Fenix series of smartwatches have proven popular with consumers. The Fenix 6 was expected to come out last January, but Garmin has yet to release the device, and it’s widely-speculated to be launched at this year’s CES.
FitBit will also be making a strong show for this coming CES and will make its case for digital health. It’s rumored that the Fitbit Ionic 2, the successor to the solid but with-room-for-improvement smartwatch and health tracker, will be making its debut in January. The new version should be an improvement of the original, with emphasis on its performance and responsiveness, and additional features specific to health and fitness.
Autonomous vehicles went through many stages, and the AV industry has classifications for the different levels of automation a vehicle has achieved, from level 0 to level 5. Levels 0 to 1 are essentially still human driven, but levels 2 and 3 already have various driver-assist technologies to enable an easier drive. The real automation starts at level 4 or level 5, which are considered fully-autonomous and capable of completely an entire trip with no input from the driver.
GM is expected to release a car with no steering wheel, and Toyota and Hyundai are slated to unveil self-driving cars at level 4 and level 5 automation.
Off the heels of Smart Cities at last year’s CES, the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) is launching a new conference program, the Resilience Conference. This will include various programming from world leaders, city planners, and government officials focusing on technology that supports resilience. Smart city technology needs to be resilient, supportive, and adaptive to our ever-changing world inflicted by climate change and natural disasters. We can definitely expect to see technology that will help us be better prepared for our changing world.
We’ll be showcasing how our Mobility Marketplace makes transportation in cities more connected, efficient and flexible. Our technologies aid to the future of smart cities and we invite you to stop by booth 1407 in Westgate Pavilion for a visionary and practical look at how Mobility is an essential piece of the Smart City solution.
Additionally, Deloitte will host a series of sessions around smart mobility and the impact of emerging technologies on enabling a smart future. Topics include: Trends reshaping the future of mobility and connectivity, Securing the future of mobility and connectivity, and creating seamlessly integrate, connected mobility operating systems.
Mobility as a Service
After our launch of the HERE Mobility Marketplace at CES 2018, we are excited to be returning with the consumer experience of the Mobility Marketplace and so much more. This app is an essential part of our holistic solution to getting people to move efficiently from A to B. There will no doubt be other exciting exhibitors with advances in mobility and we can’t wait to see the exciting innovations.
CES is bringing people together from over 160 countries, with 3,900 companies exhibiting their latest technologies and over 60,000 attendees expect this year, While it will be difficult to see everything, one thing we know for sure is that CES 2019 is going to bring about new waves of tech that are going to propel us into the exciting future.