Consumer Electronics Show 2018

CES, also known as the Consumer Electronics Show, kicked off its annual conference this week in Las Vegas to much anticipation and eagerly waiting droves of industry geeks and technology fans. For the uninitiated, CES is an annual assembly of over 4,000 manufacturers, start-ups and tech giants that descend on Las Vegas each year to show case the latest technologies that will be introduced to market.

With over 2.6 million square feet of exhibit space it could take someone days to see and experience all there is to do within the Las Vegas Convention Center this week, so we are going to take the time and break down a few bits of information coming from the events kick-off.

There is no shortage of your typical appliances that are being announced by leading companies in the industry such as TVs, washing machines/dryers and smart refrigerators, but perhaps the most interesting is LG’s new OLED TV that can be rolled up like a poster. LG unveiled an amazing display which at 2.5mm can be rolled up and deployed like a projector screen. Not to be outdone Samsung went ahead and unveiled “The Wall” which is a modular non-bezeled panel TV that when combined creates a 146 inch 8k display. I think I need a bigger house.

If you have had a wireless cellular device for the last decade then you are no doubt aware of the wireless technologies we used to connect to our mobile networks such as 3G and 4G LTE. Every year our lives are becoming more connected than many of us had envisioned. Autonomous vehicles are possibly the most critical thing that will be communicating wirelessly. With what basically amounts to a 2,000lb robot flying down the road at 70mph, these autonomous vehicles will eventually need to communicate with other infrastructure that will be connected (Smart Cities) in order to truly become autonomous. 5G is going to begin the revolution that will make this possible. Autonomous vehicles are going to need to communicate with the infrastructure at speeds the reduce latency beyond what is currently capable. Being able to communicate with other traffic, weather and many other sensors will be paramount to its success and safety. To put 5G’s speed into perspective: Downloading an HD movie on a 3G connection once took nearly 26 hours, 4G lowered this to 6 minutes and 5G is going to drop it even further to 5 seconds. This speed and reduced latency is going to allow us to realistically create a more automated world.

Have you always dreamed of cutting the cord? The power cord to your phone that is? For years wireless charging was a dream and touted as the future of device charging. While some technologies have come out that make us feel like the possibility of charging your phone in your pocket is right around the corner there always seems to be a catch. No longer. A couple companies are announcing wireless charging without the need for a pesky charging mat. Companies like Energous and Powercast have announced that this tech is finally here. The latter claiming charging capabilities at up to 80 feet from the source.

CES is only in its 2nd day and more releases and announcements are sure to come. The landscape of technology is changing so rapidly it seems hard to keep up with the industry. Innovation and tech pioneering seem to be at their height and there doesn’t seem to be any limits to what comes out next. Enjoy the future.