PCS’s Tim Zarkovacki and Bryon Palitto attended the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2019 in Las Vegas. CES is one of the largest technology shows in the world, with attendees visiting from across the globe.
As stated on www.ces.tech, “CES Is the Global Stage for Innovation. CES is the world’s gathering place for all those who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. It has served as the proving ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies for 50 years — the global stage where next-generation innovations are introduced to the marketplace.”
With more than 182,000 attendees from 160 countries, Tim and Bryon were able connect with a wide variety of businesses and individuals. It is valuable for our team to attend these types of conferences for a variety of reasons.
Twenty years ago, enterprises drove consumer technology. Today, consumers are driving the enterprises to produce the technology they want. This show is filled with leading edge consumer electronics and technologies. To understand this will allow us to understand where the needs of our clients will be.
CES provides the opportunity to see how new technology is being used and adopted across many verticals that affect our customers. It also provides a venue to talk with vendors and technologists about where the tech is going, its strengths and weaknesses, and how best advise our clients in adopting it.
The major themes of the conference included the 5G cellular network and related technologies. Our team also noted the continual advancement of Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality, with more realistic business applications coming into view. Also, the impact of IoT devices, especially their detection abilities, was also a major focus. Of course, Artificial Intelligence is also a big part of these emerging consumer technologies.
Another big trend is that we will continue to see more human to machine partnerships, like we see with Alexa, IBM Watson, Google Home, etc. Voice is a huge trend, and the industry is seeing consumers pivoting from typing to speaking. The technology is maturing, which makes for easier use and adoption of the tech. It’s interesting to note that smart speakers are using voice because it is the quickest path to cognition in the brain.
Today we are in the data age, and we all understand we are being challenged with privacy and security issues. We are also experiencing an entire generation that is built on being connected with technology. Not only is Internet connectivity expected, it is assumed.
As you and your business continues to advance forward, attempting to make the most of the available technologies, we welcome a discussion with one of our solution architects. Our team is dedicated to helping our clients continue to make intelligent use of available technologies. We love tech and we want to help. Contact us today to start the discussion.