CES 2019 — The Highlights

CES 2019 — The Highlights

CES 2019 had more than 4,400 exhibiting companies presenting their developments. The area covered more than 2.7 million square feet of the exhibition hall. World’s largest tech-companies including LG, Samsung, Sony, Qualcomm among others had to showcase their ideas.

Artificial Intelligence has been omnipresent throughout the Consumer Electronics Show this week. The announcement and presentation of several AI projects and devices from the tech-giants globally have raised the concerns – what the future will look like?

AI is the fast-growing technology which is behind speech recognition and machine learning and is tangible in the form of hardware and software offerings from IBM (ticker: IBM), Samsung Electronics (005930.Korea), Google parent Alphabet (GOOGL), and other CES exhibitors.

IBM’s Quantum Computer

IBM CEO Ginni Rometty’s keynote presentation on 8th January specified AI, in addition to cloud computing and quantum computing. In addition to, at CES, IBM announced its first commercial quantum computer for use outside of the lab. The 20-qubit system combines into a single package. Moreover, the quantum and classical computing parts it takes to use a machine like this for research and business applications.

Revolution of AI and 5G in laptops

Intel announced a program named “Project Athena” to encourage hardware makers to build laptops with AI and 5G capabilities, starting later this year, said Robert H. Swan, IBM’s Chief Executive. “The project is being designed to enable new experience and capitalize on next-generation technologies, including 5G and artificial intelligence.” Moreover, the project will outline specifications every time to introduce new features to our consumers.

Give some makeover to your kitchen

American multinational GE Appliances, brought its Kitchen Hub back to CES this year with a new price and release date. The Kitchen Hub was presented prototype last year will launch in May this year. The Kitchen Hub is a 27-inch touchscreen that runs Android and lives above the stove. This isn’t an Android Things-powered smart display like KitchenAid’s; but it runs full Android, apps and all. And it functionally replaces your exhaust vent at its mounting above your stove.

What’s new in the smartphone?

America-based Chinese company Royole, which manufacturer’s flexible electronics, introduced the FlexPai at CES in Las Vegas. However, the device was announced late last year but now has been seen in the flash. It just looks like a tablet at a glance, but it’s hard to say if it’s a phone or a tablet as you can basically use it as a phone and a small tablet. It’s only once you fold it inwards that it starts to look more like a phone, and it can be folded from 0 to 180 degrees. Arguably, the tablet form is the most usable one with a 7.8-inch device that runs Android.

Google announced the new figures for its Google Assistant

As CES 2019 kicks off, Google had massive plans to show its presence: monorails, a booth that’s three times larger than last year. Google is likely to announce a giant pile of news. But ahead of all the actual product news, the company also announced some numbers and figures related to its products. By the end of the month, it expects that Google Assistant will be on 1 billion devices — up from 500 million in the mid of last year.

Furthermore, Korean tech-giant Samsung said, “They showcased eight new AI projects from its Creative Lab program, including a news analysis service, an in-video virtual ad service, an auto-adjusting monitor, and a hearing assistant.”

These are some big names who ruled at the sprawling show that encloses Las Vegas. Hundreds of other tech start-up and international giants are poised to demo AI in self-driving autos, image and speech recognition, and data analysis in quest of a global market.

Apart from these, there were voice-powered devices at CES including smart speakers running Alexa. Google Home was embedded in TVs and light bulbs and other things. But A.I. goes well beyond simply telling you what to wear and when. In one of the first keynotes of the show, I.P. Park, president and chief technology officer of LG Electronics, detailed the company’s vision for A.I., — “solve the problem of using complex systems, so that the devices become smart — and smart devices mean they’ll know exactly when and why’s of what you want.”

Evolving A.I. into everything solves the mystery that lies at the heart of modern technology, threading its way from your phone to your dishwasher to your coffee machine: “Currently, you need to be smart to use a smartphone,” Park said.

The narrative in 2019 is one of the dozens of companies—particularly Amazon and Google will drive the growth of AI-powered devices in homes. Additionally, there will be tons of voice assistance, especially for cars and home appliances.


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