CES 2022 Technology Trend Forecast

Many large exhibitors have announced their withdrawal from the 2022 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) due to the rapid spread of the mutant new crown virus Omi Keron strain, but there are still more than 2,000 companies expected Take this opportunity to launch innovative products. This year's CES seemed a bit unusual, including some of the biggest technology trends that are expected to appear at the show.

This grand annual technology conference will be held entirely online in 2021, and this year will kick off offline in Las Vegas on Monday, local time in the United States. In view of the surge in Omikeron infections, the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), the organizer of CES, stated that the event will continue for safety reasons, but will end a day earlier. CTA is expected to have up to 75,000 attendees and more than 2,200 exhibitors, including Samsung Electronics and Sony Group.

However, many technology companies have decided not to send people to the Las Vegas exhibition site. General Motors CEO Mary Barra (Mary Barra) will deliver a keynote speech online. Mike Sievert, CEO of T-Mobile US, will not deliver a speech as planned. Large technology companies such as Intel, Lenovo, LG Electronics, and Panasonic have withdrawn or significantly reduced on-site staff, while technology giants including Google, Meta, Microsoft, and Amazon have all decided to cancel on-site events.

However, CTA CEO Gary Shapiro (Gary Shapiro) said that many companies still want to stay in Las Vegas for face-to-face contact. Although there will be few live demos and launch events, a lot of news is expected, not just from the traditional TV, audio, and home appliances categories. The automotive industry has become an important part of the exhibition, and it will take over the new West Hall exhibition hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center. Many other technology-related companies see CES as an opportunity to gain attention, even as the attendance decreases.

Tim Bajarin, a technology analyst at Creative Strategy, said: “There are always a lot of things out there that I never thought could be classified as consumer electronics, but this is more Times are more diverse exhibitions." He said that he has participated in CES 45 times and only missed a few times in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Before the outbreak of Omi Keron, he had planned to participate in live events again this year.

Many popular products are also expected to be launched at CES this year, ranging from home technology to food, as well as a small number of technologies such as meta universe, cryptocurrency, and NFT. The following are five major technology trends that need to be paid attention to at this year's exhibition:

1. Make staying at home feel more comfortable

We spent most of the two years at home, and technology companies have also noticed this. They are launching more related products, designed to help users relax and reduce stress when they are not using a computer or participating in a video conference. They designed a smart bed that can gently push users when they wake up, a bathtub that maintains a constant water temperature, and an air purifier that can add fragrance to the room.

Developers are focusing on researching and developing sensor-assisted products, such as lamps, toilets, and bathtubs. These products can respond to different times of the day, air quality, or who is in the room. This is the latest development trend of the Internet of Things.

Mitch Klein, executive director of the Z-Wave Alliance, a smart home standards organization, said: "This is a shift from a connected home to a smart home, which uses environmental signals to convey sound, light, and the overall feeling of the home."

Bemis Manufacturing will showcase a new series of smart air purifiers that can automatically adjust indoor air quality and emit the fragrance of essential oils. At night, these products will feel the light dimmed and reduce noise to help users fall asleep.

Companies such as Sleep Number and Sleepme have also introduced next-generation bed technologies that provide adults with more advanced sensing and response capabilities. Cradlewise sells similar technology for babies, using artificial intelligence (AI) to determine when children are awake, understand what kind of music can soothe them, and then gently put them back to sleep.

2. Aiming at the "sandwich generation"

This year's CES will provide a lot of technology for the so-called "sandwich generation" (that is, adults with older adults and younger adults): baby monitors equipped with AI support can detect whether a child's face is covered or overturned, and room sensors can Track the actions of seniors, as well as health and activity wearables designed to meet the needs of every age group.

CarePredict, headquartered in Florida, USA, will showcase its latest version Tempo worn on the wrist, which will make it easier for caregivers to communicate with older relatives or ensure that they are properly cared for. The new CareVoice feature allows people to send audio messages to device wearers, whether it's a child's greeting or a reminder to take medicine.

Satish Movva, CEO of CarePredict, said: "It's really user-friendly. Even if you are not there, your voice can appear on their wrists." In addition, the device can already detect In the event of a fall, an alert can be sent when the wearer does not eat, loses sleep, or has other abnormal activities.

3. Save the earth with environmental protection technology

Many mainstream technology companies claim to work hard to make their products more environmentally friendly. This includes using more recycled materials, making their equipment easier to repair, and reducing product packaging.

The products on display at CES include: French Maca company uses hydrogen fuel cell-powered flying car concept cars, and another French company Auum's desktop washing machine can help reduce the use of single-use plastics.

Han Jong-hee, vice chairman of Samsung Electronics and head of the company’s newly merged TV, home appliances, and mobile divisions, will deliver a keynote speech on Tuesday, outlining Samsung’s plans to produce customizable and environmentally friendly technologies.

RanMarine Technology from the Netherlands will showcase WastShark, a floating autonomous drone that can clean up water pollution and collect water quality data. OrBisk will be equipped with a device that uses image recognition to help hotels, restaurants and other places reduce food waste.

4. Pay attention to the problem of eating meat

CES 2020 is the last offline exhibition before the outbreak of the new crown pneumonia epidemic. The most lively event at the event is not all kinds of new equipment, software, or services, but Impact Foods' Impact Pork, which is a plant-based raw material Meat, cooked and smelled like pork.

At this year's exhibition, the half-day food technology conference will showcase the progress in the fields of agriculture, ingredient innovation, meal packages, and delivery, vertical agriculture, and of course more plant-based meats. Impact Foods and its counterpart MycoTechnology will be present at the conference, and the latter will introduce a meat substitute made from fungi.

Michael Wolf, the founder of the online food technology publication "The Spoon" that hosted the conference, said that the conference will also discuss "how robotics will change the food industry." For example, agricultural equipment giant Deere & Co. will discuss how automation can solve labor shortages and unpredictable weather.

5. Looking to the future

"Meta universe" has now become a hot topic. Last October, Facebook changed its name to Meta Platforms to prepare for the next chapter of the Internet. At that time, people will wear high-tech glasses so that their avatars can interact anytime, anywhere. At this year's CES, technology companies of all sizes are demonstrating tools to build and control this virtual future.

South Korea's Hyundai Motor Group will allow visitors to create virtual avatars in cyberspace and test drive their new concept cars. Start-up company Bhaptics will showcase gaming gloves designed to replace handheld VR controllers. Samsung is using its VR home decoration platform to promote its meta-universal ambitions.

The conference will also introduce a new project to discuss NFT, which shows that you have a virtual certificate of digital goods. Maribel Lopez, the principal analyst at Lopez Research, a technology industry analysis company, said: "Are we a bit ahead of the two themes of the metaverse and NFT? Yes, but to some extent, This is the meaning of CES."

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