The CES is fast approaching, and this is an opportunity for us to take stock of the main trends that should emerge from this edition 2019. Apart from the new technologies and other gadgets, it will probably be mainly about uses and how certain innovations will permeate our daily lives. Beware, after several years without major changes, it seems that we are again at the dawn of significant upheavals that digital technologies will cause in our lifestyles.
5G, the mother of all evolutions:
We’ve been talking about it for several years, and it will not be really operational in mass with the general public before 2020, but it will already be one of the stars of CES 2019. As indicated by Brian Modif, a spawn of Qualcomm, “We have spent the last thirty years connecting men, we will spend the next thirty to connect objects “. Because, in addition to much higher speeds than those provided by current networks, the 5G will be the technology that will really open the ball of connected objects, from the car to the watch through the city, with a velocity that will make you forget that most of the data that is served to you on a platter in milliseconds is actually stored in the cloud. Christiano Amon, president of Qualcomm, predicted that all flagship mobile devices will be 5G compatible by the end of next year, which will give us a first glimpse of the technology that will be available at Samsung, Huawei, OnePlus and Google at CES 2019.
2019, finally the year of the foldable screen? It may well be the case, precisely because we have been talking about it for years as well, but nothing has come. And then, technological advances helping, especially with the OLED and AMOLED screens, it seems that this is now possible. Several major manufacturers, including LG and Samsung to name a few, have advanced projects in their boxes, but also a Chinese-American manufacturer hitherto unrecognized, who capped all this little world on the pole by launching (and showing ) the world’s first folding phone – the Flexpai – that lets you switch from a 7.8 “tablet to a dual-screen smartphone.
Phones with collapsible displays have several advantages, including larger images while taking up less space in the pockets. They would also be less likely to disintegrate in the event of a fall. A technology that is not only about smartphones since it is likely to be found also in TVs, laptops and handheld game consoles. We may be on the eve of a real revolution in this sector.
I’ve been convinced since their launch: Smart speakers or voice assist based on artificial intelligence will be a (short) step towards more advanced products, because if it helps in certain situations, the voice is not everything and we are so steeped in images that this paradox can last a long time. As a result, most second-generation smart assistants are already screen-ready. The interaction with the voice is good, the displayed data is better (or complementary). After the Amazon Echo Spot, after Google Home Hub, after Facebook Portal, all equipped with a screen, we can expect that other major manufacturers and technology developers will join the celebration of smart screens at CES 2019 . So Samsung could unveil a Galaxy device activated by Bixby, while other similar devices will be exposed by major players like Lenovo and maybe even Sony. LG, meanwhile, follows a slightly different path by highlighting its smart home strategy around the kitchen, where smart screens are regularly used. In addition to presenting recipes, they could soon be used to directly control the devices themselves.
The connected, intelligent and electric car:
This is a kind of horse chestnut for a few years but it will be confirmed again on CES: car manufacturers desert classic car shows to rush on major technology fairs, CES in mind, of course. Paradoxically, you will see that Tesla is going the opposite way and is not present at CES. It makes sense: Traditional automakers need to showcase their technologies at tech shows, while Tesla needs to prove that it is primarily a car manufacturer by exhibiting at convention shows. 2019 and 2020 will be pivotal years for the electric car, with an offer that will literally explode in different segments. For example, Audi plans to introduce two technologies. The first, “On-the-road entertainment format” is designed to entertain or keep you busy while the vehicle is traveling autonomously. The second, “Audi Immersive In-Car Entertainment”, which is best suited when the vehicle is stationary, turns it into a cinema on wheels. We do not know more for the moment, but we can imagine that the glass surfaces of the car turn into a 360-degree immersive screen. But Audi, now familiar with the CES, will not be the only one to present novelties, concepts and vision of the future of the automobile: Ford, Kia, Honda, Nissan and Mercedes will also be present on the spot, among others. transforms the latter into a cinema on wheels. We do not know more for the moment, but we can imagine that the glass surfaces of the car turn into a 360-degree immersive screen. But Audi, now familiar with the CES, will not be the only one to present novelties, concepts and vision of the future of the automobile: Ford, Kia, Honda, Nissan and Mercedes will also be present on the spot, among others. transforms the latter into a cinema on wheels. We do not know more for the moment, but we can imagine that the glass surfaces of the car turn into a 360-degree immersive screen. But Audi, now familiar with the CES, will not be the only one to present novelties, concepts and vision of the future of the automobile: Ford, Kia, Honda, Nissan and Mercedes will also be present on the spot, among others.
Let us note finally the fusion of technologies allowing the emergence of a car “benevolent”, which thanks to various sensors, the artificial intelligence and its cellular connection (soon in 5G), detects if you make a discomfort on board, stops the car and call for help. An option already present on many models, but which will become more relevant and probably generalize.
Resilience, at the heart of benevolent technologies:
A real new subject, which appears in the form of a market place at CES 2019, driven by the different events that the world has been confronted with in recent months: natural disasters, terrorism, pollution, wars, exoduses from populations … Our planet is facing recurring shocks and tensions, the frequency and magnitude of which is increasing, and more than ever we need resilient technologies that help us cope better with the evil knocks of fate. The new conference and exhibition on resilience will focus on technologies that contribute to better preparedness and responsiveness to repair the damage caused by these events faster.
The smart city, fusion of all digital technologies:
The Smart City is ultimately the unifying element that brings together the entire connected ecosystem: technologies, solutions, actors and private and public smart cities sector, including IoT, 5G connectivity, transport and the intelligent automobile, energy, health and public safety, VR and AR, artificial intelligence and data analysis.