The CES (Consumers Electronics Show) is set to return to Las Vegas from January 5 to January 7 and will display the next wave innovation that will shape 2022 and the economy of tomorrow. The organisers have revealed that the show is set to feature a plethora of exhibitors advancing two of the most compelling technology megatrends of the future: intelligent automation and the evolution of the metaverse.
The Expansion of Intelligent Automation
One of the major adavantages of the advancements in cloud infrastructure is that they have allowed tech companies to pursue more expansive uses of intelligent automation. This in turn will undoubetdly be critical as limited available hours and a tight labor market will require artificial intelligence (AI) solutions to play a larger role in the post-Covid economy.
A popular long-term mainstay of CES shows, autonomous vehicle (AV) technology will once again be on display with the intelligent automation technology’s entire value chain showcased throughout CES 2022. The exhibits will feature products and companies ranging from AV chipmakers like Qualcomm (who recently acquired fellow CES exhibitor Veoneer to bolster their AV portfolio) to leaders in AV perception technologies like LIDAR leader Luminar to autonomous vehicle pioneer and first-time exhibitor Waymo, CES 2022 decidedly will be an intelligent mobility event.
The Consumer Technology Association, the organisers of the show, have declared that the expanding applications for AVs will be a centerpiece for the show with the appearance of TuSimple and their focus on the enterprise fleet applications with their self-driving trucks. Although rideshare and passenger vehicle use cases are hogging the headlines, the promise of AVs for enterprise looks even closer to fruition. automation in portions of the process such TuSimple’s self-driving trucks could be deployed to provide much needed fixes in shipping bottlenecks in the face of ongoing constraints in the global supply chain.
The organisers are at pains to point out that AV technology will not be the only area where AI solutions shine. First-time exhibitor Beyond Honeycomb is primed to demonstrate just how automation is propelling innovation forward in the rapidly growing FoodTech sector. Beyond Honeycomb are set to showcase their latest technology that allows sensors to study a recipe, AI to learn a dish, and then allow a robotic kitchen to prepare the meal.
The Nascent Metaverse
The Covid pandemic has also had a large role in accelerating the evolution of interactive, online and on-demand consumer products and services across a collection of industries to shape an emerging metaverse. Consequently, the technologies that will form the foundations of this next generation iteration of the internet will form a key part of the CES 2022 exhibition.
The metaverse implications on the future of commerce extends further as cryptocurrency and NFTs are poised to power this new segment of the digital economy. The debut of the first publicly traded crypto trading platform on a U.S. exchange via Coinbase represented an inflection point for the mainstream appeal of cryptocurrency and blockchain-based digital asset technologies.
As such, the arrival of CES 2022’s new Non-Fungible Token (NFT) and Digital Assets Program is timely as it features NFTs, initial coin offerings (ICOs) and other blockchain technologies. Notably, Atomic Form is set to showcase their technology designed to aggregate and display NFTs art as part of the C Space exhibitions.