With CES a few short weeks away, I have started making my lists of, “must see” and “appointments to keep”…you are probably starting to do the same. The following are just a few of the booths/locations I plan to visit…of course the list will keep growing until I get on the plane, but as of Dec 22nd this is where I am:
First things first, I want to check out “The Innovations Award Showcase” located at the Venetian in VB3 (near the media room). This annual competition is always a good place to see the latest design and engineering in consumer technology products and get a feel for where the trends are heading.
The Sands has become ground zero for Smart Home and Health and Wellness: two of my main categories. I am going to start at the: HOLLAND STARTUP PAVILION Sands, Hall G – 51522, As the invite reads: “Dutch innovations that improve your life: welcome to the Holland Start Up Pavilion. As the 3rd most innovative country in the world, we proudly present 60 of our hottest startups at CES 2018.” The Pavilion will showcase solutions in the fields of AR/VR, Medtech, Robotics, IoT, Smart Home and Cleantech.
- Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality
- Health and Biotech
- Smart Cities
At the Sands there are also two enormous areas for Health and Wellness and Smart Home Technologies. I am looking forward to the Health and Wellness area to see what technologies integrators will be incorporating into a home’s overall system. In the Smart Home area, I am looking forward to going to the Vivant Smart Home Booth (42131) and the Z-Wave Alliance (41717). There is also Honeywell (40931) and I also want to be on the lookout for any new ways our readers can monetize smart-home technologies such as the business model for recurring revenue with traditional home security systems. There will also be a slew of new shade and lighting companies to check out.
Speaking of lighting, you will see increasingly the words “Simulated Natural Circadian Rhythms” being used. Through education and research, we now know the importance of lighting in sleep, productivity and moods and how important that is for our mental and physiological health. There will be plenty of exhibitors with tunable white lights that can glow cooler in the early part of the day for wake-up and work, and warmer in the evening before you fall sleep. (HTSA has partnered with three new lighting companies to pave the way for their members to bring these new technologies to their customers.)
There is also no end to the companies emerging with voice assists. Products from Amazon, Google, and Apple have moved voice control into the consumer consciousness, and user expectations are quickly expanding to demand voice as part of all smart home interactions.
The DSP Group will be exhibiting as part of the ULE Alliance (Intel & VTech are also members), located at Tech West Sands Expo Hall, Level 2, in booths A-D.
According to the DSP Group, their SmartVoice and ULE chipset solutions give smart home devices several benefits including, two-way voice communication and processing, security, outstanding range and accuracy, and low power consumption. Demos at the booths will be ongoing.
No CES would be complete without going to the Venetian and seeing the latest in high performance audio and some video. These are some of the manufacturers I will be visiting and their suite numbers:
Venetian Tower Floors:
M&K Sound 29-320
Cleer, Inc 29-324
Straight Wire 29-309
Kimber Kable 29-231
Transparent Audio 29-225
Wolf Cinema 29-103
Paradigm Electronics 29-119
Wireless Speaker and Audio Association (WISA) 29-124
GoldenEar Technology 29-132