Witnessing The Next Generation Of Innovation
The Consumer Electronics Show, also known simply as CES, is the world’s largest and most important tech event. It is also the splashiest showcase for the latest and greatest in consumer electronics with more than 4,500 exhibitors (including 1,200 startups) introducing game-changing innovation across more than 2.9 million square feet. The event is attended by more than 170,000 industry professionals from around the world. CES is held in Las Vegas every January and is the global proving ground for innovators where next-generation innovations are introduced to the marketplace and the gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer electronics.
While I was at CES 2020 walking the exhibit floor, attending the keynote presentations and conference sessions, I witnessed the next generation of innovation that will energize markets, drive economic growth, inspire, and connect. The excitement surrounding CES is palpable because there is nowhere else in the world you can see, touch, and experience the full spectrum of technology. The entire tech ecosystem was gathered here in Las Vegas to launch products, build brands, and forge partnerships. I saw the latest transformative tech coming to market, from 5G and mobile connectivity to artificial intelligence (AI), streaming services, smart assistants, smart cities, augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), vehicle tech, and so much more.
The innovation introduced at CES will drive economic growth around the world. Speaking of driving, I had a chance to experience the latest in vehicle technology. With more than 150 vehicle tech exhibitors and 10 automakers exhibiting, the automotive section of this year’s show is larger than many stand-alone car shows. From self-driving cars to connected vehicles, the future of automotive tech was on full display. I took several rides in a self-driving car in the convention Platinum Lot and was definitely impressed. Self-driving vehicles will propel the future of transportation, offering more efficient commutes, relieving traffic congestion, providing carpooling support, and lowering pollution levels.
The technologies launching here at CES 2020 are undeniable. But more importantly, they serve a greater purpose to change our world for the better. Greater connectivity that will revolutionize industries like health care and manufacturing; technology that delivers clean water to those without it; assistance in disaster relief, efficiency in agriculture; sustainability; and lower pollution levels in our cities – technology is definitely improving our world.
Technology empowers consumers to take control of their wellness, improving health care and saving lives. With advancements in digital therapeutics, wearables, remote patient monitoring, digital health is addressing real world issues like opioid dependence, mental illness, pain management, and chronic disease.
My takeaway is the tech industry is boundless and fueled by big ideas from those with a passion to change the world through innovation. Consumer technology embodies the entrepreneurial spirit. From startups with the next big thing to technologies that connect us like never before, the innovations unveiled this week will change lives. After all, it takes just one great idea to change the world!
Willie E. Brake is a Computer Expert and Industry Analyst at All About Technology, a Certified Minority Business Enterprise and Microsoft Authorized Refurbisher, based in Detroit, Michigan.