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CES 2019 Liveblog: Trends to Watch

  January 6th, 2019  By Philip Palermo

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Sleep tech and wearable heart rate monitors will be on display on the show floor. Sleep tech can help monitor your respiratory system as you sleep.

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Expect digital health to be a huge component of CES 2019. Thinking beyond wearables to devices like smart insulin pens or platforms that allow you to send health data to your doctor in real-time.

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Self-driving fleets are coming early 2019 to San Francisco, DC, and San Jose. “Autonomous vehicles once felt like a dream and now they’re coming to the streets.” — Ben Arnold

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Getting closer to self-driving technology. Arnold, “What’s really going to be interesting this week at CES 2019, is what happens around level 3: conditional automation. What does that mean?” Are we actually comfortable switching between self-driving and human driving? What will this mean for road safety and how we build our roads and cities?

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Of course the video game industry is still leading the charge on AR/VR tech. Despite all the talk about retail uses, we don’t expect that to change much at this time.

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Virtual models try on clothes in actual retail spaces via the use of your phone so you can see what an outfit looks like before trying it on yourself.

This AR technology is also used at historical sites and museums to take you back in time to see what these sites looked like in days of yore.

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VR, VR, VR. From cardboard devices that connect to your smartphone to using the Oculus for gaming, VR is going to blow up in 2019.

Teslasuit provides a full-body haptic experience to go along with the VR experience. Arnold says if someone “punches you in the stomach” in a video game, you’ll be able to feel it in real life.

Not sure if that’s an appealing feature…

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Arnold says Tokyo 2020 Olympics will be broadcast in 8K.

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Samsung QLED 8K — the future of TV is happening in 2019. Do we really need 8K TVs though? The average screen size of TVs is continuing to go up. Arnold says 8K is perfect for a screeen size of 65” and larger — who needs to go to the movies when you have a TV that big?

Stay tuned for more 8K TV coverage this week.

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AI that can build IKEA furniture for you? Kind of creepy, but may help you avoid fighting over confusing directions with your partner.

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More smart home appliances at CES this year. Smart stoves, fridges, etc. How these will be integrated into consumers’ daily lives is yet to be explained.

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We’re seeing a shift in consumer behavior toward voice. Digital assistants are becoming ingrained in our daily lives.

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Lesley Rohrbaugh outlines the three truths about voice/AI:

1. Digital assistants are going into everything
2. Support for digital assistant as has become table stakes
3. Voice is quickly becoming the “go to” interface

Amazon Alexa now has nearly 60,000 skills and over 20,000 compatible devices. We’re now talking to tech.

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As we adapt 5G connections into our homes, our smart devices will change. The next trend in smart homes: interoperability and intelligence. Ben Arnold poses the question, “how do we get these devices connect more cohesively?” This will be a major trend in 2019.

Arnold also says greater intelligence, such as security cameras with the ability to distinguish your aunt from the UPS driver, is right around the corner.

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5G is more than just faster speeds for your mobile device. “We spent the last 30 years connecting people. We will spend the next 30 years connecting things.” – Brian Modoff, EVP, Qualcomm

5G is set to have a global economic impact.

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Now more than ever digital privacy and security are becoming critical.

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“We are fast approaching a new era of consumer technology because here in 2019 we’re really coming to the end of the connected age of consumer technology. We’ve been talking about IoT for a long time now. It’s mildly ironic that we’re only less than 20 years into the 21st century and we already take the internet for granted, assuming it’s always going to be there.” — Steven Koenig

Welcome to the data age.

“More and more consumer choices and business decisions are backed up, supported, and informed by data.”

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Steve Koenig: “Everybody’s got 8K TVs now. AI is gaining momentum in a number of markets.”

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Steve Koenig asks “Are you CES ready?” Answer: heck yes we are.

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Starting out with a very intense video about AI, smart cities, and self-driving cars. The future is here, folks.

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There are roughly 300 members of the media packed into this room and it’s getting warmer by the second, so we’ve definitely come to the right place for the hottest tech trends.

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People are packing the CES Tech Trends conference room. Getting kind of warm and WiFi is limited, but we’re plugging away! Should start any minute now.

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Getting settled in to learn all about 2019’s consumer tech forecast with VP of market research Steve Koenig, Sr. Director of innovation and trends Ben Arnold, and Director of market research Lesley Rohrbaugh.

Join us from 4:00-4:45PM PST as we cover the latest announcements from the CES 2019 Trends to Watch presentation, featuring the CTA’s Steve Koenig, Ben Arnold, and Lesley Rohrbaugh.

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