Top takeaways from Consumers Electronics Show

Top takeaways from Consumers Electronics Show

More than 170,000 people attended the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas The 2018 Consumer Electronics Show, which concluded Friday in Las Vegas, drew some 4,000 exhibitors from over 170,000 expected, showcased some of the latest technology from the world.
Here are highlights from the show:
Artificial intelligence battle
The duel between Amazon and Google for supremacy in artificial intelligence played at the show. Amazon pushed its “Alexa Everywhere” strategy bringing its digital assistant to eyewear, wristwatches, televisions and even a toilet.
Not to be outdone, a Google to play with a massive campaign to a two-story “Google Assistant Playground” complete with a spiral slide from the roof to the pavement.
The rival virtual assistants were part of a larger trend to “smart” homes and cities where they were locked, lights, security systems, traffic, and more.
Compassionate robots
Tech developers began moving beyond artificial intelligence to “emotional intelligence” and empathy with robots that can recognize people and their feelings, and respond in a more human manner.
Those on display included a ping pong-playing robot from Japan’s Omron Automation which adapts its game to its opponent by reading body language. SoftBank robot Pepper entertained guests in a private suite adjacent to the show.
Revving up car tech

Pepper robots by SoftBank Robotics showcased their ability to read human emotions More players started with the start of the market, including Chinese startup Byton and a revamped led by designer Henrik Fisker.
The show included a large presence of automakers and showed a commitment to advancing self-driving cars .
South Korea’s Hyundai’s new Nexo vehicle, betting on fuel cell technology , while Toyota unveiled a concept of an autonomous box for ridesharing and retail service.
Beyond the car
Seeking alternative transport options. These included a self-driving motorcycle from Yamaha, and a range of electric bicycles, scooters, and hoverboards.
Andrew Koven said, “Swagtron chief operating officer Andrew Koven said he was unveiled a line of rideable gadgets.

Let’s get medical
The tech world took a deep dive into the medical field, using virtual reality and sensors for health and medical applications.
Exhibitors showed how tracking and sensors used in self-driving cars can help keep the elderly from wandering off or determining distress. Other devices offered in the context of stress and pain, or predict the onset of disease.
Medical professionals at this conference discussed how to improve the management of such technologies.

President of Toyota Motor Corporation Akio Toyoda introduces the e-Palette Concept Vehicle, a fully autonomous vehicle for ridesharing and retail Virtual reality headsets have been used by people in their minds. VR programs also eased trauma by letting patients work through troubling experiences.
Sensors and the cloud
Sensors, cloud computing and artificial intelligence are becoming so ubiquitous and affordable that they are popping up in tech items tailored for pets, babies, seniors, new moms and other niche categories.
From wearable breast pumps to hip air bags triggered when people fall, and dog or cat doors that open automatically for pets, the internet age is reaching the farthest corner of everyday life.
On the lighter side
Streaming television powerhouse Netflix played with people’s minds with a booth for a fictitious company named Psychasec
Netflix show titled “Altered Carbon,” set to debut in February.
Other obstacles include the following:
Outside the official show, the robotic pole-dancers made their Las Vegas debut at a nightclub, with the artist who created the devices to make a point about technology, surveillance and voyeurism in today’s society.
Las Vegas, and a power outage in the main convention hall.

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