CES Highlights 2019

Every year mm1 consultants of the Consumer IoT Practice review and analyze the product presentations of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas to form an overview about the development of the latest industry, technology and market trends. Below, we present an abstract of selected news and discoveries in the areas of Smart Home, AR/VR, Smart TV, Connected Car, Health and wearables.

As every year, various innovations, trends and products were presented at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. More than 4.500 exhibitors presented new gadgets for Smart Home, Smart Mobility and various applications for voice-ification and artificial intelligence. This year it was recognizable that the fair is becoming more and more important for automobile manufacturers and there were numerous cases about the mobility of the future. Equally the Smart Home products and the numerous visions for connected living are in the focus. Even if the wheat still must be separated from the chaff, the fight for the Smart Home is in full swing. As every year, mm1 would like to present you the key trends and insights.

Smart Home, Appliances & Connectivity: As every year, many new technologies and devices were presented at CES in 2019. The number of Smart Home subcategories is growing steadily, and Smart Home is gaining maturity and relevance beyond controlling light. Amazon and Google continue to compete fiercely for the supremacy of their ecosystems, especially in the integration of their voice assistants into end devices. Though, Google is felt to be the dominant company in this area, especially against the background of its highly advanced Voice Assistant and the number of connected devices working with it.

Voice Assistance & AI: No matter who makes the hardware, the virtual aide linked to or packaged inside is likely to be one of two: either Amazon's Alexa or Google Assistant.
Google kicked off the official opening day of CES 2019 by revealing all the new ways that its voice assistant could make your entire life more connected so that the Google Assistant could potentially integrate nearly every facet of our lives.
Another firm that thinks its customers may be best at deciding how to interact verbally with its devices is Sonos. It has shown off a prototype smart speaker that allows users to select either Alexa or Google Assistant.

Mobile Devices & Smart Gadgets: Based on a steadily growing market of smart wearables, manufacturers announced new products and technologies while more and more Smart Gadgets are coming to health industry to support a healthy lifestyle. Meanwhile Intel and AMD fighting for the highest computing power and announce new core processors.

Virtual Reality, Smart TVs & Monitors: VR and AR become more refined. Both technologies benefit from improved hardware and new features that allow for an overall better experience. Regarding TVs flexible OLED screens, 8K and MicroLED panels make their way to commercial products. MicroLED is a new panel technology with good chances to replace todays LCD and OLED panels due to its better contrast, brightness, response times and energy efficiency.

Robots & Drones: Robots and drones keep expanding to fields like Smart Home, mobility, health and retail. Drones have taken off as a unique tool for everyday life and revolutionized the way we capture our world. Just to name a few: flights are controlled by onboard computers or remotely, drones can provide high quality aerial coverage. They also enhance search and rescue, law enforcement and disaster relief.

Smart Mobility: While software giants like Google want to seize dominance   within the mobility sector, established players showed at CES that they are getting ready for the battle. The vehicle manufacturers showed numerous features with which they want to stand up to the technology companies from Silicon Valley or China. However, the tech giants have a starting advantage due to their existing ecosystems. All major tech players are planning to extend their platform economy to the car. Established mobility players are expected to acquire even broader software competencies and a better understanding of services.