IDC recently sent a team of analysts to CES 2017 in Las Vegas, NV, the 50th edition of the event, to see the latest and greatest in consumer technology, and how this continues to change our personal lives, business connections, and everyday experiences.
This is our third consecutive year attending the event, and the big takeaway is that there is continued acceleration of the connected, autonomous, artificial intelligence trends we’ve seen reshape the consumer electronics industry, and every other industry that relies on software, electronics, and data to enable better experiences and consistent revenue growth. As a result, CES has become a must-see on the tech industry event circuit, which 165,000 attendees and 3,800 exhibitors can attest to.
Here are my key takeaways from the show:
- Connected products are becoming AI products – not only feeding back data and enabling connection to the manufacturer, but evolving to be products that self-learn, and augment their human owners.
- The automotive industry continues to have a strong presence at CES, with over 500 vehicle technology companies that support the connected vehicle ecosystem on the show floor.
- 5G mobility, IoT, and adaptive automation result in better, faster communication and collaboration - business to business, and business to consumer.
- AR and VR, as well as mixed reality (AR & VR together), increasingly complement shopping, buying, and even the co-innovation process.
- We are entering the age of digital assistants and voice will be the new user interface; not only in our homes - embedded in our cars, workplaces, and everyday experiences.
CES continues to be the meeting point for all consumer products electronic, connected, and intelligent. The event long ago morphed from a consumer tech gadget show (although certainly still a key element) to an exhibition and celebration of the connected world we live in that affects how we live our personal lives, and how manufacturers conduct business.
For my analysis and recommendations for manufacturers given the advancements in consumer technology on display at CES 2017, you can read my upcoming IDC Perspective, “CES 2017: Faster, Smarter, Augmented, Vocal”.
Tune back in next year around this time to see how consumer technology has advanced and is continuing to change our personal and business lives. We can’t wait.