CES 2018: top tech trends from this year’s show


A car that can decipher people’s brains, a friendly robotic dog and a sunburn-detecting smartphone app were by the skin of ones teeth some of the launches at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

SmartSleep concept, by Philips

Now in its 51st year, the annual Consumer Electronics Be visible (CES) took place in Las Vegas, US once again this week, creating with it a host of launches from the digital, technology and product worlds.

Every year, it stresses nearly 4,000 exhibitors, 300 conference talks and sessions, and draws 170,000 visitors, making it the biggest tech show worldwide.

While the expo is known for being on-the-pulse with the latest tech, this year manages a return to innovations we’ve seen plenty of in the last few years – from driverless heaps to virtual and augmented reality and connected home products.

While this is nothing new, CES 2018 does be noticeable significant advancements in these areas with products that carry on the capabilities of this tech. Smart products are being used increasingly to survey health conditions, for example, and automated cars are becoming more commonplace.

Here’s our summary of the biggest tech trends from this year’s exhibition and symposium.

Smart health tech

UV Sense, by L’Oréal

Wearable fitness trackers second-hand to monitor our steps, calorie intake, heart rate, sleep and the ilk have become commonplace in recent years, with the widespread use of wristbands go for FitBit, plus phone apps like Sleep Cycle that can produce similar functions.

But this year, this has been taken a intercede further with products launched to monitor fitness more scrupulously, and also oversee specific diseases and health conditions, which could potentially thwart emergencies or the need to visit a doctor.

This includes UV Sense, a wearable ultraviolet underweight (UV) sensor, produced by L’Oréal and designed by Yves Behar. The sensor is a skimpy, circular dot that a user sticks to their thumbnail and links up with a smartphone app, communicating them when they are at risk of sunburn, with the aim of preventing incrustation cancer in the long-run. The project is a more advanced version of a UV skin area launched by L’Oréal in 2016.

SmartSleep, by Philips

Another is Philips’ wearable headband SmartSleep, which aims to be a dissolving for those with a hectic lifestyle who get less than seven hours doze a night. It produces sound tones that encourage the user to get a substantial night’s worth of “deep sleep”. Nokia revealed a similar yield called Nokia Sleep; a tracking pad which slips under a mattress and estimates a user’s habits to provide advice on how to improve their sleep importance.

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Finally, Samsung’s GoBreath was launched as a solution for those affliction from lung damage. The portable device and accompanying mobile app remedy teach patients basic breathing techniques to aid recovery, and also vet their lungs’ recovery, as well as connect them up with doctors who forearm advice to aid their patients’ recovery progress.

The health sector could significantly profit from advancements in smart tech this year – but of course this also paces out ethical debates about the collection of personal data, and self-diagnosis and treatment kind of than that by a medical professional.


Aibo, by Sony

Robotics was a habitual theme again this year, with droids returning to non-radioactive people’s houses, connect up their smart home products or metrical act as a furry friend, with the launch of an updated version of Sony’s robotic dog Aibo.

Regardless, CES has received criticism this year for producing a swathe of expensive, surface products rather than using robotics to tackle the “problems they absolutely need to solve”, according to Guardian journalist Olivia Solon.

Admittedly, while synthetic intelligence (AI) advances with increasingly clever voice assistants that can settled complex tasks, the big brands seem obsessed with creating gimmicky, woman robots.

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This includes Sony Aibo, a robotic dog that has in-built facial attention and can respond to touch and commands, and also has a camera in its nose for home observation camera and streaming video. The dog originally launched in Japan in November. There is also LG’s CLOi tool, a cute, little machine with big, blue eyes, which act as a soldered home hub.

CLOi was originally launched last year, but this year LG has launched some new versions intended to act as waiters, cleaners and porters in places such as airports and inns.

This year sees brands increasingly use hardware as a vehicle for highbrows software. We expect brands to continue playing with 1980s-style mechanical man stereotypes in order to sell this sophisticated tech.

Cars – self-driving, exciting, flying and more

e-Palette concept, by Toyota

The idea of self-driving motors has been around for years now, with the likes of Tesla, Dyson and Google proposing standards in the past.

This year’s CES 2018 sees more sophisticated variants of autonomous vehicles; Toyota announced the launch of its e-Palette Concept Carrier, which would be an electric-powered, self-driving van that can be set for different purposes. For specimen, it could be used as a ride-sharing taxi, a mobile restaurant or hotel, or for utterances.

Flying taxi concept, by Bell Helicopter

Transport company Bell Helicopter also revealed its self-flying drive concept in collaboration with taxi app Uber, with a demonstration representing how the concept could reduce commute time and congestion on the roads.

Genius to Vehicle concept, by Nissan

Then there was Nissan’s Brain-to-Vehicle (B2V) concept – not a driverless car, but a varied ludicrous and far-fetched idea to enable vehicles to “interpret signals” from a magnanimous driver’s brain, with the aim of speeding up reaction times and adapting piles to make driving more enjoyable.

Driverless and smart cars are looking closer on the field of vision for mainstream use following this year’s CES, where several car brands accepted the opportunity to out-do each other with new ideas.

Smart urban districts

Charging station concept, by Hubject

Moving on from smart and tie together products that reside within the privacy of people’s homes, there was a big nave this year on smart cities and integrating this tech into general spaces.

This includes Hubject’s Plug&Charge concept, an all-encompassing energized car charging system that aims to brings together existing, detach charging systems and make owning an electric car easier; Itron’s Ache Streetlights concept, which would be used to control streetlights and purvey them with extra capabilities such as gas and water meter impute to; and Cisco’s Connected City concept, which would provide dwellings and drivers with real-time information such as the number of vehicles on the high roads and safety alerts.

Smart Crossing, by Umbrellium and Direct Line

The persist year has seen a shift to smart tech being created for use on our roads, with concepts popping up such as urban design consultancy Umbrellium’s sentiment for a responsive pedestrian crossing that only appears when it is needed.

We’ll go on to see more nifty ways that smart tech can be used to embellish public spaces but once again the ethical debate around trusty surveillance and the gathering of personal data could make consumers dubious of the whole benefits.

The logistics of rolling out a city-wide system will also support far trickier with more ethical and infrastructure obstacles in the way, compared to someone’s individual decision to set up a connected home hub – but nevertheless, we’ll continue to see more smart concepts on the range.

What was your favourite launch at CES 2018? Let us know in the comments part below.

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