Main Takeaways From CES 2018: An Autonomous Future

#CES2018 – the world’s largest electronics tradeshow, wrapped up a couple weeks ago and what an exciting time it was. The display of cutting-edge technology, electronic gadgets, and innovative companies was impressive. I could’ve sworn I was at an NFL Playoff game with the number of people concentrated in one area. Despite the lines being long, it was well worth the trip to Las Vegas!

One word comes to mind to describe the theme of the conference: Autonomous. Every aspect of our lives, from our day-to-day tasks to the way we commute is becoming self-governed. It begs the question; would we want our cars to be autonomous? Our homes? Our daily chores? It’s an intriguing thing to consider.

The most amazing part to me was that attendees could not only see the latest gadgets – but they could actually experience them too! AR, VR, voice recognition platforms, AI applications, robots, and drones — you name it, it was there!

Here are some cool things I experienced at CES 2018, by industry:

Healthcare:

This industry is getting even more serious about health and wellness. How? These companies are adopting innovative technology (such as wearable devices) for patients, commonly known as “digital health.”

Television and Electronics:

Samsung unveiled a modular, 146-inch OLED television its calling “The Wall.” Can you imagine watching television the same way you experience an art exhibit at a museum?

Sony relaunched its robotic puppy, “Aibo,” with new AI capabilities. Aibo can now develop its own personality over time, dance and recognize different people.

Automotive:

Toyota revealed a very interesting concept called “e-Palette” – a fully-automated electric vehicle system designed for mobility-as-a-service (MaaS) businesses. This vehicle management technology will impact the future of the mobile workforce, and I’m eager to see it evolve!

The Future of Mobility

When thinking about the “future of mobility,” industry leaders believe there will be a drastic transformation of urban cities to “smart cities”. This evolution will become possible with the help of connected, autonomous vehicles (AV), electric cars and ride-sharing.

With the potential for “smart cities” to emerge, it has me thinking about our future. How impactful will this be? How will we adapt? Will we resist change? How intense will technological regulation become? Finding answers to these questions will determine whether we’re actually ready for the next phase of mobility. While new gadgets and technologies will continue to enhance our quality of life, I’m skeptical about relying on robots and machines for everything we do as a society. Will these gadgets become a necessity or luxury? Only time will tell.

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Nimit Patel

Nimit Patel is currently a Director of Product Management at Motus, LLC. Nimit is passionate about setting goals and strategies that improve the Motus product roadmap. He holds a Masters in Information Systems from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) and is skilled in Java, C++, SQL and more.

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