A guide to tech trends at CES 2018. Photo by: Pexels.com
A guide to tech trends at CES 2018. Photo by: Pexels.com

Voice Recognition, Smart Devices, Expanded Virtual Reality in Healthcare, and Flexible Smartphones

The 51st Annual CES event will be taking place throughout locations and venues in downtown Las Vegas on January 9-12.

To give guests a wide selection of preview coverage, we have included a large array of topics being covered, as well as speakers taking the stage.

CES is an international conference that draws in over 150,000 attendees, and over 3,000 exhibits each year. This year the event has expanded to a new venue. Browse over the list of venues:

  • CES Tech East: Las Vegas Convention and World Trade Center (LVCC), Westgate Las Vegas (Westgate), Renaissance Las Vegas (Renaissance)
    Where innovations in audio, drones, gaming, augmented and virtual reality, vehicle technology, video, wireless devices, wireless services, digital imaging/photography or anything “i” come to market. It’s also home to many international exhibitors.
  • CES Tech West: Sands Expo/The Venetian (Sands/Venetian), The Palazzo, Wynn Las Vegas and Encore at Wynn (Wynn/Encore)
    Features the innovative power behind the industry’s emerging technology, including revolutions in fitness and health, the Internet of Things, wearables, smart home, sensors and other high-growth technologies changing the world. It’s also home to Eureka Park, the startup community at CES.
  • CES Tech South: ARIA, Park MGM and Vdara
    The CES epicenter for the advertising, content, marketing and entertainment communities, hosting a variety of C Space activities, including conference sessions, networking events, exhibits and hospitality suites.


There has been reports on a lack of diversity at CES 2018, but after I review the entire list of keynotes and speakers, I find those reports to lack substance. If the event is lacking anything, it is security for Ajit Pai, the Chairman of the F.C.C. He recently backed out of speaking at the event due to death threats. That does say a lot about the ruling from the F.C.C., and the level of distaste the American people have with the repeal of Net Neutrality. It would be informative to have Comcast and Verizon to provide transparency regarding their stance on Net Neutrality at this conference. We have listed several speakers from both of these companies below.

I have selected a small group from the total list of keynotes and speakers to review.


Speakers at CES 2018

Rajia Abdelaziz, CEO

invisaWear

Title: The Wearable Workforce

Location: Tech West, Venetian, Level 4, Lando 4302

Date & Time: 10:15-11:15 AM January 11


Tim Armstrong, CEO, Oath

Verizon

Title: Headliner Conversation with Verizon’s OATH

Location: Tech South, ARIA, Level 1, Bristlecone 4

Date & Time: 10:40-11 AM January 10


Ari Avishay, Director, Entertainment Marketing

Lyft

Title: Madison Avenue meets the Recording Studio

Location: Tech South, ARIA, Level 1, Pinyon Ballroom

Date & Time: 10:15-11:15 AM January 11


Tuma Basa, Global Head of Hip Hop

Spotify

Title: C Space Storyteller: Spotify

Location: Tech South, ARIA, Level 1, Pinyon Ballroom

Date & Time: 11-11:30 AM January 9


Scott Boyarsky, VP, Digital Home Products | #smarthome #iot

Comcast

Title: Moving the Smart Home Beyond Early Adopters

Location: Tech West, Venetian, Level 4, Marcello 4405

Date & Time: 10:15-10:45 AM January 9


Liat Ben-Zur, SVP, Digital Technology Leader

Philips

Title: Taking Back Your Time with Tech

Location: Tech West, Venetian, Level 4, Lando 4302

Date & Time: 3:30-5 PM January 10

Title: Sleep: Personal, Intimate, Measured and Managed

Location: Tech West, Venetian, Level 4, Lando 4304

Date & Time: 1-3:15 PM January 11


Chris Carey, Chief Revenue Officer, Head of Business Development and Strategy

Verizon Digital Media Services

Title: The Next Generation of OTT

Location: Tech East, LVCC, North Hall, N260

Date & Time: 1-2 PM January 8


Loren Cheng, Product Development Director

Facebook

Title: AR/VR and Robotics: Code, Build, and Play

Location: Tech West, Venetian, Level 4, Lando 4302

Date & Time: 11:30 AM-12:30 PM January 10


Micah Collins, Director, Product Management – Home Hardware

Google

Title: The Appeal of Smart Speakers: What’s Driving Sales?

Location: Tech East, LVCC, North Hall, N256

Date & Time: 11:30 AM-12:30 PM January 10


Pamela Drucker Mann, Chief Revenue and Marketing Officer

Conde Nast

Title: The Future is Female

Location: Tech South, ARIA, Level 1, Bristlecone 4

Date & Time: 9:30-10:15 AM January 9


Neal Foster, VP Product Management, Xfinity Home

Comcast

Title: Smart Home and Interoperability: Expanding Ease of Use

Location: Tech West, Venetian, Level 4, Marcello 4405

Date & Time: 2-3:10 PM January 9


Meg Goldthwaite, Chief Marketing Officer

NPR

Title: The Appeal of Smart Speakers: What’s Driving Sales?

Location: Tech East, LVCC, North Hall, N256

Date & Time: 11:30 AM-12:30 PM January 10


Mrinalini Ingram, Vice President

Verizon

Title: Connected Vehicles in Connected Ecosystems

Location: Tech East, Westgate, Level 1, Pavilion 9

Date & Time: 1:45-2:30 PM January 10


Steven Kan, Head of Global AR/VR Strategy

Google

Title: Ecosystem Panel: Breakout Technologies for 2018

Location: Tech East, LVCC, North Hall, N260

Date & Time: 2:15-3:15 PM January 9


Prathima Simha, Product Management and Marketing

AT&T

Title: FirstNet’s Applications Ecosystem

Location: Tech East, Westgate, Level 1, Pavilion 9

Date & Time: 10:45-11:15 AM January 11


Jennifer Taylor, VP, U.S. Jobs

Consumer Technology Association

Title: Views from the Workplace

Location: Tech East, LVCC, North Hall, N253

Date & Time: 10:15-11:15 AM January 10

Title: Preparing America for Jobs of the Future

Location: Tech East, LVCC, North Hall, N253

Date & Time: 11:30 AM-12:30 PM January 11


Michael Yang, Managing Director

Comcast Ventures

Title: Future Shock – The Humanizing Factor

Location: Tech West, Venetian, Level 4, Lando 4304

Date & Time: 11:30 AM-12:30 PM January 9



Next is a section of topics to browse over that will be on hand at CES 2018.  

Advertising, Entertainment and Content

  • Gaming

In combination with the Sports category, I find that some upcoming trends in gaming is gearing up for more competitive gaming options.

In the past gaming was a individual form of entertainment. With the addition of cloud and mobile games, I find that gaming will expand to being more interactive with larger audiences.

  • Marketing & Advertising

Overall, CES is a large platform for advertising and marketing professionals to showcase their latest products. That being said, they have created C Space specifically to connect consumers and advertisers.

Also, they help share the latest trends within advertising and marketing.



  • Music

One of the biggest trends in music for 2018 will be streaming media. Spotify is one of the biggest streaming platforms. The company will have plenty to talk about after their recent low key move to go public, in addition to being sued by Wixen Music Publishing Inc.

We cover a wide array of virtual reality topics on our website. CES is going to focus on trends with headsets, mixed reality and augmented reality this year.

One element that is attractive and expanding is how virtual reality will impact theme parks. Recently, Nintendo has announced that they will be building an area with Disney World.

CES will also have a large amount of data from how Google and Apple plan to takeover marketshare in this field that continues to grow.

Automotive

  • Self-Driving Cars

  • Vehicle Technology

One of the most progressive pieces of news to emerge from CES 2018 is Nissan’s latest technology to collect data from brain waves in regards to the driving experience.



Health and Wellness

Technology is redefining the world for people that lack accessibility. CES helps inform and break new ground for these forms of technology in 2018.

  • Digital Health

Revinax is a company based out of France, and offered me a ticket to CES to speak with them on their form of virtual reality. It is very interesting technology that helps produce a finer precision when operating on patients.

  • Fitness & Wearables

Wearable technology continues to help inform individuals when to include exercise into their daily lives. I work at a desk, and noticed that it is important for me to get up on a regular to stretch, move and get my blood flowing. Wearable technology does an excellent job of reminder people to take these steps to avoid health issues.

  • Sleep Technology

I have tried out some applications for sleep technology, but found no use for them.

CES will provide the latest trends in the cross section of how we spend the majority of our lives and the latest technology to make it as effective as possible. If they have a new form of technology that can limit the amount of shaking I have to feel from my neighbors having intercourse, I’m all ears.

Home and Family

  • Family & Lifestyle
  • Home Entertainment
  • Smart Home

Internet of Thing (IoT)

  • Smart Cities

  • Smart Energy

Product Design and Manufacturing

  • 3D Printing
  • Design, Sourcing & Packaging

CES has noted that over 700 packaging companies will be at the event this year. The competition with the manufacturing industry is comparative to eSports.

Robotics and Machine Intelligence

  • Artificial Intelligence

Sports

  • eSports & eLeagues

In regards to eSports as an emerging field of competition, I wanted to share this video on YouTube by MatPat.

  • Sport Technology

Startups

Eureka Park will be hosting more than 800 startups from 37 different countries.

Shark Tank will host an open call to entrepreneurs on Thursday, January 11 in the Venetian, Level 4, Delfino Ballroom. Doors open at 8 AM and numbered wristbands will be distributed from 9-11 a.m..

Watch through a list of videos on YouTube that give insight on the trends that will be taking place at CES 2018.