Last week, Aurélien Lafolie, Delivery Leader at ADNEOM, and Eric BIANCHI, Digital Factory Domain Leader at SERIAL, both representing the Positive Thinking Company in Las Vegas for the Consumer Electronics Show (https://www.ces.tech/).
Like every year, the CES took place in Las Vegas during the second week of January. More than 4,500 companies are exhibiting on more than 2.9 million net square feet. For the first time, the Positive Thinking Company was part of the show as attendees and exhibitor!
For 4 days, not only we have shown the world the future of blockchain on our Neurochain stand, but we also witnessed the next trends in consumer technologies.
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Cars as Digital Hub of the smart city
There are so many cars at the CES, that it almost feels like a car show!
Electric cars, autonomous cars, flying cars, cars where you can work in, cars where you can sleep in… Car makers envision a car centric future and position the car as the Digital Hub of the smart city. Therefore, most of connected devices, IOT makers, smart city connectors, autonomous systems are all devoted to the new sheriff in town: The Car.
Convergence of Hardware and Software
Robotic is the next big trend and if your strategy involves drones, cameras, or augmented reality glasses, you will mostly deal with asian makers. The Robotic revolution is coming from Asia, there is no place for western companies here.
What is more interesting is that all robotic solutions are coming with embedded softwares: Cameras mounted on robotic arms follow your face, micro display based augmented reality is controlled by your gesture, etc.
Following the last trend, software is embedded in drones, connected devices, home automation solutions and so on. While machine learning algorithms ran for hours in the cloud to train an AI to behave as expected, the result is running embedded on a tiny circuit board in the device. The AI, as a small decision tree, is doing one thing, but it is doing it right, and with low power consumption.
IOT and connected objects
Undoubtedly one the biggest consumer trend, connected objects are ruling the CES, and they are integrated with smart assistants. Let’s be honest here, most of the connected objects demonstrated to us, have limited value at best, and are disposable plastic waste at worst. However, the vision of a hand-free connected world is real and smart assistants are here to integrate and rule the smart home.
A future not so eco-friendly ☹
In this 2019 CES edition, there is little room for green and sustainable development. Our future is made of disposable goods and plastic waste!!!
It comes as a bit of a shock as our European culture is becoming more and more eco-conscious and geared toward green energies. While it is a bit disappointing to witness this Chinese/US vision of the future, it leaves huge growth opportunities if you are in the green and sustainable development industry.
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Eric Bianchi & Aurélien Lafolie
Domain Leader & Delivery Leader at the Positive Thinking Company