The annual Las Vegas-based CES show is the epicentre of the global technology industry. From the coolest new consumer gadgets to the major business trends that will change the way we work, here’s a quick summary of what you may have missed in 2018.
TECH TOYS FOR EARLY ADOPTERS
CES 2018 introduced a range of new consumer goodies that have early adopters chomping at the bit. From smart home devices that connect Amazon, Google and Apple services to sophisticated personal health sensors, tech consumers have plenty to look forward to in 2018.
BUSINESS TOOLS FOR TECH HEADS
Whether it’s as simple as a smart flipboard for your conference room or as complex as moving your e-commerce operations into new self-driving mobile stores, CES 2018 presented an enormous range of new business gadgets that could change how your company operates.
BETTER BUSINESS INSIGHTS
Global business leaders look to CES to identify the trends that will change the way we work. From how 5G connectivity will impact the customer experience to the key tech partnerships for businesses in 2018, savvy CMOs and CIOs had their ears to the ground this year.
THE GREAT DEBATE
When it comes to CES 2018, everyone has an opinion. The naysayers are arguing that the smart gadget revolution is more about spying on us, while the advocates are singing the praises of another successful event.
WHAT’S HOT AND WHAT’S NOT
Should you bet big on augmented reality in 2018? Will self-driving cars make a splash in the consumer market this year? Are bendable phones more than just hype? CES 2018 answered those questions and many more as it revealed the top tech trends for the year ahead.
WEIRD OR WONDERFUL?
Is it weird and wonderful, or just plain weird? Journalists posed that question when reviewing some of the stranger tech offerings at CES 2018. Will a wearable digital breast pump be on every new mum’s wish list this year? Or do you wish your suitcase was a little smarter?
Want to splash out $250,000 on the latest hi-fi technology, or fancy a pair of €50,000 headphones? CES 2018 had plenty for the audiophiles out there.
NO WOMEN IN TECH
CES 2018 caught some criticism for its all-male list of major keynote speakers. While there remains a lack of gender diversity in the tech industry, event organisers have pledged to do better next year.
Eureka Park at CES features the latest up-and-coming startups every year. In 2018, the artificial intelligence and security sectors were happy hunting grounds for the next billion-dollar startup up company.
ON THE ROAD
Video conferencing hasn’t completely killed off business travel. New tech like wireless on-the-go charging pads and 20-hour tablet batteries are set to make life easier for mobile workers.
So, there you have it: a look at the weird, the wonderful and the workaday from CES 2018. What will fly and what will fail? Only the future knows but one thing is for certain – we can’t wait for CES 2019!