Scott Huffman, Google Assistant vice president of engineering, speaks during an LG news conference at the 2018 CES in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. January 8, 2018. Via REUTERS/Steve Marcus
CAIRO – 16 January 2018: The CES conference in Las Vegas, in which new technology innovations were presented, finished last week. It took place from January 9 - 12, and according to a press release, “more than 3,900 exhibitors showcased world-changing technologies that spanned over more than 2.75 million net square feet of exhibit space across Las Vegas – the largest show floor in CES’ 51 year history. There were 860,732 tweets about CES 2018 and 450,554 uses of the #CES2018 hashtag. From major international brands to the more than 900 startups, participating in Eureka Park (home for CES startups) CES 2018, all truly reflected the vibrant global tech industry.”
Intel, Ford and Huawei took to the CES 2018 keynote stage during the week with corporate showcases. Also, according to a press release, “Intel celebrated innovation, explored what’s next for big data and set a Guinness World Record with its Shooting Star Mini Drone show – the most advanced software fleet of 100 drones controlled without GPS by one pilot. Ford’s opening keynote focused on creating a reliable future of transportation through a systems-based approach for smart cities. Huawei announced the availability of its Mate10 Pro smartphone in the American market next month during its Tuesday afternoon keynote.”
In the competition between home assistants and artificial intelligence, Amazon Alexa won against Microsoft’s Cortana. Alexa is expanding into headphones, smart watches, cars and TVs, and even ovens and microwaves. In stark contrast, Microsoft has not unveiled any new Cortana devices, with the exception of a thermostat last year.
In new releases, Lenovo’s new Smart Display wowed the audience. Lishtot Testdrop also impressed, with a guitar pick-shaped device that can test the quality of drinking water by examining the electric field around it. French company Enhancia unveiled a midi-ring which allows a user to trigger musical effects like pitch bends or vibrato by making specific movements while playing a keyboard.
It is an exciting time for tech fans, and the new year has just begun. CES has given us a glimpse of the possibilities of the coming year.