CES is the Consumer Electronics Show; an annual event where developers showcase their new technological and electronic innovations. Jerry Horton, IT Director for Blue Valley Technologies, is giving us a little glimpse into the future of all things technology.
Las Vegas in the winter – a bit chilly, but the tech is hot! CES is vast; so vast, that one cannot truly appreciate the scope until you’ve attended it. Just as an example, I visited two of the three venues today, walked for hours, and only saw about 5% of the show. Needless to say, my feet are tired, but my brain is in full-on geek mode! For someone like me, this is like being the proverbial kid in a candy store.
Following is just a quick sampling of the things I saw.
For instance, Toyota Boshoku displayed a couple of concept cars which have autonomous driving, flexible seating (you can even face each other), entertainment centers (think Netflix on the move), and even measure and correct your emotional state with individualized sights, sounds, and smells.
Hyundai and Uber presented a concept drone. While I couldn’t get close enough to really look at it, it appears to be able to comfortably seat at least four adults.
LIDAR is an essential technology for autonomous driving, using laser light to ‘paint’ a picture of obstacles (including humans) in 3D or 4D real time.
Amazon had an entire room of their own to highlight the Alexa-enabled technologies of Amazon and their partner companies. Smart home tech such as the iRobot lawnmower, Lego Mindstorm toys, a Duxiana bed, and even a Lamborghini were on display.
Of course, no CES would be complete without the innovation awards! There are some things that, while innovative, weren’t on my ‘install this now’ list – Kohler’s Numi 2.0 smart toilet with mood lighting, surround sound, and built in Alexa comes to mind here. On the other hand, smart health technology abounded with some truly amazing ideas, such as a cane with navigation and GPS for the visually impaired.
Stay tuned for more tomorrow!