CES 2018: What's In Store For The Enterprise?

by Moumita Deb Choudhury    Jan 08, 2018


The annual mega gadget event Consumer Electronics Show [CES 2018] starts in Las Vegas this week and is expected to pull in more than 170,000 people as around 4,000 exhibitors showcase their products and solutions. The official CES 2018 dates are January 9th to 12th and here’s what businesses and consumers can expect from the colossal conclave this year.

The mega event will highlight numerous key trends like the ones involving voice-controlled devices and connected cars that will mark its significance in the future years.

Also this year an interesting aspect will be the show’s opening keynote by Intel CEO Brian Krzanich, days after the company announced huge security flaw that affects virtually all latest devices that houses its processors.

5G to march ahead- It will provide more than just speedy download speeds. The technology will be a predominant theme at CES. It will be a prime focus of announcements from companies including Ericsson, Intel and Qualcomm.

The data standard will be put to use to connect several new smart devices such as self-driving cars and home appliances.

Augmented Reality- Augmented Reality (AR) is a technology which has marked its importance in spaces such as the military and aviation. It also exhibits enormous potential in the business arena. Its usage is increasing in mobile and wearable devices.

CES will have a bounty of various AR concept devices and gizmos.

“The first augmented-reality glasses with Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant will be shown next week at CES in Las Vegas — manufactured by a 75-employee company rather than the e-commerce giant’s growing devices division,” reports Bloomberg.

Apple plans to have the technology ready for its own augmented reality glasses by 2019, so that the device can be released by 2020.

Several other players will be trying to catch up with Amazon and Google.

A significant opportunity for AR in the business is in the installation and maintenance of technological solutions.

Artificial Intelligence- AI will also be an area of show and discussion. The session ‘Turning AI into New Ways of Doing Business’  on 10th January will discuss how professionals are putting the technology to work to better serve customers through increased engagement and accelerated research and the future of AI, said a CES statement.

“AI has the power to change the world, and companies such as IBM are using the CES platform to share their latest breakthroughs and insights,” said Karen Chupka, senior vice president, CES and corporate business strategy, CTA. “I am proud and excited to add these leaders to our long list of exemplary speakers using the CES stage to share their vision. This panel will provide great insights into how companies across all industries around the world are putting IBM Watson to work, managing workflows, data sets and insights all through AI.”

CES 2018 will feature a new Marketplace and conference track on the future of AI, a key ingredient technology over the next decade that is being folded into consumer tech applications across all industries including automotive, health, home, robotics and agriculture. And CES 2018 will showcase AI innovations with an increased focus on user value and that has the power to improve the world, the statement added.

Also, for the first time, CES has reserved an area for smart cities, with more than 40 companies set to exhibit.

With more connected devices coming up every second day, there arises a huge security concern.

We can expect to see more products and solutions to safeguard these smart devices from hacking.

While there may not be launches of flagship smartphones from big daddies like Apple and Samsung, like previous years, the place will see lower-cost Android phones, along with laptops, tablets, and other personal computers. Storage devices and other accessories will also hold its place in the show.