CES 2022 kicks off this week as established tech companies and startups head to Las Vegas to showcase their latest innovations
CES 2022 kicks off this week as established tech companies and startups travel to Las Vegas to showcase their latest innovations that the market can expect to see over the next year.
The name of the big show has evolved over the years, from the Consumer Electronics Show to CES International and now to CES.
While many of the products on display will eventually end up in the hands of consumers, consumers do not attend the event as it is aimed directly at those who sell or distribute to consumers or other businesses.
In the days leading up to the pandemic, CES would typically attract around 200,000 attendees, although following last year’s virtual show approaching, the number of in-person attendees expected this year is unknown.
CES was scheduled to take place Jan. 5-8, but the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), which runs the show, reduced it by one day to close at the end of Jan. 7 due to the latest variant of the coronavirus. .
In recent weeks, many companies have moved away from showing or attending in person and have moved on to virtual exhibitions, including General Motors, Proctor & Gamble, Google, Amazon, T-Mobile, AT&T, Casio, HP, Twitter, Motorola, Lenovo, iHeartMedia, AMD, Panasonic, Hisense, Brunswick, Nvidia and Pinterest.
However, there are still more than 2,100 exhibiting companies, according to the CTA.
These are over 100 healthcare companies, including 3M, Abbott, Colgate-Palmolive, Dassault Systèmes, OMRON Healthcare, OrCam, Penumbra, Philips, Sleep Number and Variowell.
Internet of Things (IoT) and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies in products ranging from delivery robots to connected vehicles are very present throughout the show.
One of the novelties of CES is a scheduled high-speed self-driving car racing competition. The Indy Autonomous Challenge at Las Vegas Motor Speedway brings together nine racing teams from 19 universities in eight countries. Track testing begins today to train for the weekend race.
At the annual Eureka Park, notable for showcasing start-up and highly innovative businesses, some regions come together under a common umbrella.
For example, the Japan pavilion at Eureka Park is expected to showcase 52 burgeoning Japanese tech startups, including six that were named at the CES 2022 Innovation Awards. The companies, backed by the Japan Foreign Trade Organization, are showcasing products including a handheld camera with LTE connectivity, a non-invasive blood glucose meter using a mid-infrared laser, and a small, autonomous delivery robot.
The Seoul Metropolitan Government is also supporting a CES 2022 Seoul Pavilion team, comprising 25 startups, including six named in the CES 2022 Innovation Awards.
At the French Tech Pavilion in Eureka Park, 140 startups plan to showcase their innovations ranging from a miniature biodegradable paper battery that can provide clean energy for disposable medical devices to a fast hydrogen-powered catamaran.
At every CES, companies present live demonstrations with volunteer attendees, and this time is no exception. For example, Korea’s iMediSync plans to offer a free 10-minute brain screening to provide analysis of brain waves and heart rate variability. The AI-based detection platform aims to identify the early detection of several mental health issues, such as Alzheimer’s disease.
Here’s a quick look at some of the products showcased at CES:
- Ekin plans to introduce an automatic and mobile license plate reader, among other smart city products powered by artificial intelligence. License plate recognition can identify the plates of moving and parked cars and provide instant comparisons with wanted or stolen vehicles.
- SteadySense should introduce a smart patch that continuously measures body temperature for early detection of infectious diseases. The connected patch then sends notifications via a mobile application.
- Somalytics Introduces a small capacitive sensor built into a flexible, three-dimensional floor mat that can observe, monitor and report human well-being factors including foot presence, gait and pressure targeting the healthcare market. The sensors are made of paper and require little energy.
- Ubtech, an artificial intelligence humanoid robotics company, presents a new portfolio of healthcare robots comprising a self-driving chair and a walking assist robot with an integrated deployable seat, biometric monitoring and route mapping.
- phiar plans to provide a platform for vehicles to use real-time augmentation based on advanced artificial intelligence powered by computer vision. In-vehicle cameras and sensors provide an enhanced navigation system to the driver.
- Bobcat Doosan is planning a live demonstration of its smart technology involving remote operations using Verizon’s 5G network. A compact track loader should be controlled remotely by an operator in a Bobcat electric excavator cab.
- Blickfeld plans to announce a collaboration with Genesis Design regarding 360-degree sensors in autonomous vehicles. Blickfeld’s Percept software enables object detection, classification and tracking.
- Hiber plans to show a new version of its Hiber Easy Pulse, an asset tracking technology for monitoring assets all over the world on a monthly subscription basis.
- Quantum operation, an IoT startup, is expected to present a non-invasive glucose bracelet monitor with the ability to record and identify changes in glucose level.
Whatever products are presented, IoT and AI technology reigns supreme at this CES.