MEETING RECAP: CES Debrief

Author: Telecom Council Staff

Derek Kerton, Managing Partner, The Kerton Group and John Feland, CEO, Argus Insights joined forces to review the news and views from CES.  The show has come a long way from its humble beginnings in 1967 and attendees from the original might have come to the 50th anniversary show feeling like prehistoric man being introduced to the first automobile. What was of note this year? Well, here’s a partial review of our debrief. But of course, the slide decks are available to members in our Library.

Automobiles abounded as CES was dubbed the “Car Electronics Show” by many show-goers. OEM carmarkers were there in force, revolutionizing the North Hall. Automotive tech was huge: Nvidia as they showed off their autonomous driving tech, and self-driving and car concepts from Toyota, Honda, Bosch to name a few.  Personal mobility products (battery scooter things) also increased their space at the show. LeEco brought it all together, by spanning from mobility to TVs, to phones, to content production, to cars – Their philosophy? “You do stuff; you buy stuff; why not buy and do it all on LeEco?!”

Ironically, in a city that seems to never sleep, “smart connected” sleep was a CES obsession … from soothing scents to bio tracking mattresses! If you want to measure and learn from your sleep habits, 2017 is a good year to start. Smart Home was everywhere with IoT products for the mobile user, and the connected house. VR took you anywhere if you were willing to slip on a pair of goggles, but it was used more as a gimmick or to demonstrate other things, rather than VR itself.

Amazon’s Alexa was our unscientifically declared “Show Winner”.   As this year’s outstanding booth babe as she was featured in almost every smart home application through to dancing robots!  “Alexa compatibility” seems to be a key feature of smarthome, connected car, AI, and more.

Drones were also big at CES, moving steadily towards automation and better image capture. And, it wouldn’t be CES without the annual “biggest TV” [censored] contest. Walls of TVs warmed the cockels of our hearts, as well as the air in the conference center. I think the big screens ended up causing a few sunburns.

Thank you to our host, Silicon Valley Bank.  Presentations are available to members in the Member Library.

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