CES 2018 is the largest electronics trade show that gives companies, businesses and tech junkies an insight into the technology of the future. The trade show was held in Las Vegas at the beginning of the month and lasted one week, as startups and manufacturers had their latest innovations and products on display.
Artificial intelligence (AI) was the highlight of the show, with future technologies helping cities become smarter. The companies, mostly startups trying to make a big name in the tech world, spend upward of $2 million on their booths, many of which are provided by Exhibe Corporation and companies that focus on trade shows.
The booths helped many startups display their AI, with the most promising companies often not the most advanced in terms of AI.
Wiidii.com was an interesting company at the show, and is offering to make the world’s first hybrid assistant. The technology is different than other assistants because it’s not geared toward consumers. The technology is geared towards people that travel often in groups and companies. The technology melds AI with the human component to offer everything from translations to reservations and even the ability to make appointments.
Botmatic.ai was another interesting addition to the event, with the company offering the ability to create chatbots quickly and easily. The bots will be able to engage with customers and prospects to help curb customer service costs.
Security companies also made a big splash at the show, with ujo.com offering an AI platform geared towards consumers and network operators. The platform offers a consumer firewall and allows network operators to add security into their own services. Consumers will also be able to utilize a variety of other security tools that come with the consumer package, such as: parental controls, VPNQ and firewall. There will also be other products available to help consumers protect their home networks.
Izzbie.com was a popular option among attendees. The company, funded on Kickstarter, is offering a highly secure VPN that enables users to access their home network from anywhere in the world.
Virtual Reality (VR) was another industry that was taking center stage at the event. The technology lured in a variety of consumers, as Lenovo, Xiaomi and Pico all introduced standalone virtual reality systems at this year’s event.
Lenovo also introduced VR 180 cameras.
Insta360 offered their 360 camera to the audience, with the company having a prominent placement at the event. The company showed off their Nano S 360 camera, which has 4K 360 capability and 20 MP photography options.
HTC made waves when they introduced their Wireless VR technology. The option will be available in te summer and is the second wireless VR to hit the market. Fans of VR only had TPCast’s wireless solution available to them which does work on all platforms currently available.
Intel partnered with HTC to make the wireless technology available.
The event also showcased numerous other technologies, including 5G which seemed to be on display every time an attendee turned around.