Every January the major technology manufacturers present their new products at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. The new products and devices are mainly for the consumer market, but somehow anticipate the trends of the coming years, defining as mainstream technologies that are now emerging.
Here are the main changes to watch for.
The Internet of Things
Every company that deals with industrial plants know that “Internet of things” is a relatively new term to describe a much older concept. But the idea of converting analog objects into intelligent devices through connectivity is on the upswing, and at CES there have been many announcements in this direction. For example, the toy manufacturer Mattel has announced an “connected children’s room” powered dall’IoT.
Businesses want to leverage their customer data further, as already happens with smart meters and other utility. However, according to a recent 451 Research report, there are some obstacles in meeting these challenges. The first is security, which requires companies to leverage their data science skills to detect anomalies compared to more traditional threats. Another problem is the storage of all these data.
The virtual reality
Many VR products were presented among which an exoskeleton that simulates the sensation of flying. For years, we talk about virtual reality, and today, with players of the caliber of Oculus Rift, some devices make it usable both at the consumer level in the company.
Vendors are working with clients in areas such as retail to create VR systems that offer attractive services to users. Some examples are virtual catwalks and interior tour of buildings proposed by architectural firms.
The machine learning
Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang announced that the company is developing Xavier, a new artificial intelligence system specifically designed for cars to autonomous driving. Thanks to an ARM64 processor and the new GPU Volta the system is able to recognize the presence of obstacles.
Companies like Uber, Expedia, and RBS, which have invested in automatic learning and released products that integrate the AI should be an example for all businesses. Having the right of engineers dedicated to machine learning software team may be difficult in a relatively young industry, but in the future, it will become increasingly important to be able to understand the needs of customers through algorithms and have automated and intelligent customer service. And, the large public cloud providers are starting to offer artificial intelligence and machine learning services on their platforms.
The next generation of wireless networks has been at the center of the debates of the sector in recent years, but Intel has announced a new 5G modem at CES this year, the initiative on the heels of Qualcomm, Ericsson and AT & T to promote ‘ adoption of the technology. Businesses must begin to assess the way the 5G will change the behavior of customers, while the network and service providers have to think about how to take on the expected increase in data usage.
Consumer safety level
A little ‘unusual for an event historically focused on the latest technologies, this year at CES has been much talk of security products. Among them is the Norton Core, presented as a high-end router with security features and defense against network intrusions. NXP has presented a series of safety features specially designed for wearable technology.
This shows the willingness of suppliers to gamble on making safety a desirable product, in response to growing consumer awareness of issues relating to surveillance and data breaches.
For companies, it means they will be even more careful in protecting against cyber threats because today the damage of image after a successful hacker attack is significant.
Cars to autonomous driving
According to analyst firm CCS Insights, completely autonomous cars will remain a research project at least until 2025, but partially autonomous vehicles connected and represent an opportunity for business. Next to Nvidia Xavier project, Intel launched Intel Go, a 5G platform for connected vehicles.
The car in autonomous driving necessarily affect the IT strategies of car makers, which in time will become even service providers.