The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) has kicked off its annual extravaganza, drawing over 3,500 exhibitors and an anticipated 130,000 visitors.
Amidst the sea of cutting-edge gadgets, one resounding theme echoed through the halls – artificial intelligence (AI) taking center stage.
From self-driving baby carriages to the integration of ChatGPT in Volkswagen cars, AI’s omnipresence was unmistakable.
In a riveting preview, companies, both giants and newcomers, showcased their vision of a future where AI seamlessly intertwines with our lives, promising enhancements and transformations.
At the forefront of this technological revolution is LG, whose CEO, William Cho, boldly declared that the world stands at a “historical turning point” propelled by AI. LG’s ambition lies in harnessing the vast pool of data collected by sensors in smart devices worldwide.
Cho emphasized the importance of user consent in utilizing real-time data to detect behavioral patterns and provide invaluable insights.
Meanwhile, TV titans like LG and Samsung dazzled audiences with AI-enhanced features, promising crystal-clear images and personalized show recommendations.
Jessica Boothe, a research director at the Consumer Technology Association, predicted a future where televisions evolve into “smart command hubs,” orchestrating a symphony of connected appliances, security cameras, and even incorporating health insights through thermal scanning.
Volkswagen took a bold step into the AI realm, unveiling vehicles equipped with a chatbot powered by OpenAI’s ChatGPT technology.
The “Cerence Chat Pro” digital assistant, a product of collaboration with Cerence Inc., is set to become a standard feature in Volkswagen vehicles starting in the second quarter of the year.
Volkswagen’s management board member, Kai Grunitz, expressed excitement about offering drivers direct access to this AI-based research tool.
Nvidia, renowned for its graphics chips handling AI computing demands, seized the CES stage to unveil new chips for gamers and creators.
The innovation showcased included simultaneous language translation tech and augmented reality glasses, turning the viewer’s space into a controllable screen through gestures.
While Apple chose to remain absent physically, it made waves by announcing the release date of its highly anticipated Vision Pro mixed reality headset.
Priced at a hefty $3,499 before tax, Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, proclaimed the era of spatial computing, branding the Vision Pro as “the most advanced consumer electronics device ever created.”
As the CES unfolds, it marks a significant shift post the Covid-19 induced virtual edition in 2021.
Analysts predict that AI will be the star of the show, with advancements since the last CES promising meaningful applications for consumers.
Themes of AI-infused health, cars, beauty, entertainment, and sustainability are expected to dominate the narrative, embodying the realization of over a decade of investments in AI that are now coming to life.