CES 2018: Giving Us A Glimpse Into A Connected Future

There might not have had much fashion tech but there was plenty of 5G, smart cities, AI, IoT, AR and VR.

As CES 2018 wrapped up yesterday, it was clear that this year, fashion was not the belle of the ball. Instead, we were introduced to an array of groundbreaking technologies that showed us that we are definitely headed towards a more connected future were innovative technologies, like 5G, AI and IoT will rule the roost.

CES 2018

The Launch Of Technologies That Will Change Our World

CES 2018’s objective was to reflect the vibrant global tech industry. This was evident in the 3,900 exhibitors showcasing world-changing technologies. They ranged from important international brands to the more than 900 startups. “Large and small companies from around the globe came to Las Vegas this week to use CES 2018 to launch technologies that will change our world,” said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, Consumer Technology Association (CTA). “From 5G to smart cities, digital health, AI, VR/AR and more, the technologies that will shape the future of our planet and lives for the better were on display across the show floor. CES is the global platform where you can see the critical ingredient technologies and understand better how they interconnect, providing both a clear snapshot of today’s breakthrough innovations and a vision of the road ahead.”

“CES is the global platform where you can see the critical ingredient technologies and understand better how they interconnect”

Intel, Ford and Huawei took the CES 2018 keynote stage this week with corporate showcases. Intel’s preshow keynote involved a grand production with technology advances and creative artistry that rivalled top Las Vegas shows. Throughout the extravaganza, 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. Smart speakers and digital assistants made their way into everything at CES from speakers and glasses to cars and appliances. Quantum computing also emerged at CES 2018 as a critical component to the future of technology, showcased by exhibitors like IBM and Intel.

Innovation

“CES is by far the world’s preeminent technology showcase and innovation catalyst. At CES, companies, both large and small, along with a powerfully diverse set of entrepreneurs from around the globe come together to define the technologies, products and services that will help address society’s most pressing needs,” said John Penny, EVP, consumer business development & partnership, Twentieth Century Fox. “CES is a connection system for the global community of innovations, their companies, and countries.”

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CES 2018 saw several hundred government leaders attend the show including one cabinet official, ten members of Congress and six international ministers. With #CESsoMale trending, CES confirmed in a press release that across some 200 conference sessions, they had 900 speakers, and of those 900, 240 were women.

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Muchaneta Kapfunde

Founding editor-in-chief at FashNerd.com
Founding editor-in-chief & WearableTechStylist of FashNerd.com, Muchaneta has worked in the fashion industry for over 14 years. She is currently one of the leading influencers speaking and writing about the merger of fashion with technology and wearable technology and a regular contributor to digital news sites like Wareable.
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