CES 2019 Wrap-Up: Five Cool Things You Need to Know

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Key Points

The Coresight Research team attended CES 2019 (formerly known as the Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas this week. Many of the new technologies announced at CES tend to focus on applications, and this year was no exception: We saw many applications based on AI, 5G wireless, robots and new displays.

Below are our key takeaways from the show:

  • AI-based voice control is expanding beyond dedicated appliances to encompass the smartphone, home and automobile.
  • 5G wireless will reinvigorate commerce and change our lives — but not until 2020.
  • Several exciting new TV technologies and form factors were announced, but content lags.
  • Future transport will be diverse and require human-machine cooperation.
  • CES is no longer just a technology show: It embraces retail, consumer products and even food preparation.

At the show, we saw various applications of AI voice technology, which has expanded beyond AI appliances such as the Amazon Echo, Samsung’s Bixby, Apple’s HomePod, the Google Home and many others. Voice control has moved into the realm of home appliances, such as Amazon’s voice-controlled microwave oven, and the voice-controlled TVs and home appliances demonstrated by LG and Samsung. Voice recognition has also entered automobiles — Ford demonstrated operability with Alexa at CES two years ago, Alibaba showed interoperability with Volvo and BMW, and this week, Amazon started taking orders for Echo Auto.

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