With 180,000 visitors and more than 4,500 exhibitors, CES 2019 maintained the momentum from previous years at the intersection between consumer verticals (automotive, smart home, entertainment, and healthcare/wellness) and underlying technologies, such as computing and short-range wireless semiconductors and connectivity, AI (Artificial Intelligence), AR (Augmented Reality), robotics, and video.
However, new and adjacent areas, including smart cities, retail, blockchain, and financial services, remained largely marginal. At the same time, focus was somewhat shifting from long-term visionary, transformational, and disruptive innovations to shorter-term incremental enhancements as well as using new technologies to improve existing products, services, and solutions.
CES is slowly reinventing itself, clearly jumping on the bandwagon of telling the digital transformation story of verticals and consumer experiences – a story ABI Research is very familiar with. We have focused on the most compelling technology findings from CES 2019 into this whitepaper – a total of 14 1-minute reads.