Updated: Jan 11
The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is an annual event where companies from around the world come together to showcase the latest and greatest advancements in consumer technology.
This year's CES, which took place between the 5th to 8th of January 2023, is the first that happened after two years of restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic where the numbers proved to be a slow return to socialization with more than 115,000 attendees and 3,200 exhibitors.
Far from the pre-pandemic numbers totaling an average of 4,419 exhibiting companies and around 180,000 attendees the CES 2023 is the edition of virtual reality, augmented reality and the Metaverse, the smart home reinvented, electric and autonomous vehicles, and healthcare at the palm of your hand.
The 2023 trends
1. Virtual, Augmented Reality, and the Metaverse
One of the most highly anticipated products at CES 2023 was the next generation of virtual reality (VR) headsets. VR technology has come a long way in recent years and the new headsets are expected to offer even more immersive and realistic experiences.
With improved graphics, haptic feedback, and the ability to track users' movements in real-time, these headsets could revolutionize the way we interact with digital content.
From the Sony PlayStation with the VR2 headset, the great innovation brought by Magic Leap, and the HTC Vive pro series we are strongly entering the VR and AR world with more affordable and mainstream devices. Virtual and Augmented Reality technologies are becoming more and more advanced, and we can expect to see new exciting applications for them in areas like gaming, education, and medical treatment.
These applications will mushroom in the next few months and years as these devices are becoming more affordable with a higher level of performance. These new devices will push the development of digital and virtual content and the Metaverse to the next level, opening limitless opportunities for the consumer market.
With the new frontiers of VR and AR, gaming and entertainment will continue to be a big focus for tech companies, with a wide range of products and technologies on display, from next-generation game consoles to cutting-edge virtual reality and augmented reality experiences.
2. The Smart home - reinvented
The smart home is all about connectivity energy saving and efficiency.
With more and more devices becoming connected to the Internet, we can expect to see new and innovative smart home products that will allow users to seamlessly control lights, temperature, and appliances from anywhere, at any time.
Even more interestingly, the integration between in-vehicle technologies offered by Amazon with the series of products from the Alexa family, as well as Google and Microsoft, there is increased development of a seamless connection between the technologies available for the smart home, the in-vehicle and office experiences.
From kitchens to bedrooms and bathrooms, almost every little piece of technology or furniture will be controlled by interoperable and centralized devices allowing users to literally be connected with every single environment of the home from everywhere.
Kohler’s Stillness Infinity Experience bath will allow users to see, smell, hear, and feel the multi-sensory smart bathing experience that transforms the bathroom into a place for relaxation and well-being.
Leedarson is offering a complete set of IoT systems to enable a profound connection between users and the smart home environment.
Amazon provides not only voice-based technologies to control several functions of the home, but also a seamless connection with the Labrador robotic retriever, as well as many other gadgets for monitoring health and wellbeing through immersive voice experiences. The Nuvilab AI food scanner can help people to check the exact number of calories they eat and also reduce food waste in schools by leading the digital transformation in the food industry.
The growth of the Internet of Things (IoT) and its network of connected devices that can communicate with each other over the internet, smart thermostats, security cameras, fridges, washing machines, and much more are empowering people to live in more convenient, efficient, and secure homes.
3. Electric and autonomous vehicles
With more and more companies investing in electrified and autonomous technologies, we can expect to see some exciting new developments in this area, including new electric cars and self-driving car prototypes.
Cars are becoming integrated with gaming, entertainment, and productivity features as an extension of other environments to augment human capabilities.
In recent years, there has been a lot of focus on advances in areas such as autonomous driving, electric powertrains, and connectivity.
Some of the common innovations showcased include the advancement in autonomous driving technology, with companies showcasing vehicles that can navigate city streets with increasing levels of autonomy, new electric vehicle models and advancements in EV battery technology that can extend the range of these vehicles, advancements in in-car technology, such as infotainment systems, telematics, and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS).
Zoox, the Silicon Valley-based company showcased its self-driving electric vehicle used for ridesharing and people transportation.
Similarly, Hyundai Mobis presented its adaptable autonomous electric car.
Verge motorbikes with its line of products promise the performance of a superbike in a daily-use motorbike: a torque of 1200 Nm, an acceleration from 0-60 mph in just about 2,5 sec, a fast charge in only 25 min, and a range of 233 mi with an unconventional design.
Mercedes Benz is shifting its focus strongly on a full 360 digital experience and fully electric cars for the future.
Cars are becoming mixed reality tools to move around and connect seamlessly with an environment with different scenarios.
4. Healthcare at the palm of your hand
Another trend on display at CES 2023 was wearable technologies.
Wearable technologies including devices like fitness trackers, smartwatches, and health monitoring devices are becoming increasingly popular as they allow users to track health, stay connected, and access information in real-time.
One of the products that caught my attention was the Y-Brush Nylon Black toothbrush by Y-Brush which is developed for people who do not brush their teeth properly.
The XHRO is the world's first and smallest all-in-one, 24-hour, real-time body monitoring device that uses cutting-edge AI technology to unlock the body clock and unveil the aging system. XHRO can enhance physical and cognitive performance by helping users gain a better comprehension of their biological clock from all the data collected by the gadget, including data on neurological, cardiovascular, and metabolic dynamics.
Similarly, HealthyVerse uses imaging equipment and a deep-learning AI algorithm to extract 18 illness and nutritional deficiency symptoms from fingernails to forecast a person's current state of health.
HealthyVerse also provides a new method of managing health indicators, which is based on comparisons with the average index values of each segment of users.
The sleeping pattern appears to be extremely important to guarantee a great quality of life and several companies such as the Nano and Advanced Materials Institute with the 365 Pillow can help users to improve their sleep patterns.
These are just some of the major trends that the recent CES 2023 brought to the public. These are a few of the mind-blowing gadgets, technologies, and innovations that every year we expect to see at the CES in Las Vegas.
As usual, a trip in the Las Vegas loop from the Boring company cannot be missed while running between sessions and exhibition areas between the LVCC and the Convention Center.
Another edition of CES has just ended and for now, we have just to say, see you next time Vegas!