Technologies. Electric rollers, autonomous Uber… What will be the star innovations at CES in Las Vegas?

Robots, high-performance drones, connected accessories, connected agricultural machinery… The world’s largest trade show for technology and consumer electronics, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), opens this Thursday at The ace Vegas (Nevada). The event is scheduled to last until January 8. Organizers hope to gather more than 100,000 participants this year, after two difficult years marked by the pandemic.

Three years ago, the high mass in Las Vegas attracted more than 117,000 visitors. In 2021, only 40,000 are left to attend a hybrid version of CES, behind a tidal wave of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, which has prompted many people to stay at home.

The car, star of the show

The car will be king this year with almost 300 exhibitors from the industry gathered in a dedicated exhibition hall, including presentations from Stellantis, BMW, and the presence of Honda executives.

“This year, you almost have the impression of being at an auto show,” summarizes Kevan Yalowitz, head of software and platform activities at Accenture.

Today’s automotive technological acceleration makes CES the obvious destination, against the backdrop of the loss of momentum of the Detroit show, which was suspended for three years before restarting on a smaller scale in September.

Although the arrival of fully autonomous cars seems further away than initially expected, a good part of the innovations presented this year are aimed at replacing the driver with software.

Among the novelties, the possibility of updating the vehicle management software remotely, such as a computer or a smartphone. These programs can “immediately change the vehicle’s operating parameters, identifying problems that can be fixed without the driver realizing it,” Yalowitz said.

You can also order a self-driving Uber or even discover driverless public shuttles.

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The metaverse is catching up

Last year, CES was dominated by the idea that virtual reality, accessible with a headset, was the future of the internet. But the enthusiasm ran out of steam, weighed down by a bad year for Meta (ex-Facebook), which was considered the locomotive of the metaverse. The group from Menlo Park (California) is still struggling to convince users to give up, despite huge investments.

The metaverse “is not yet a mainstream category,” says Carolina Milanesi of Creative Strategies.

Virtual worlds will still be in the spotlight this year. Thus, several companies and speakers will present the possible applications of these parallel universes.

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Several French companies were present

Almost 200 French companies will be present at the Las Vegas show along with 2,000 exhibitors.

Thus we find the French company Withings, which invented a device placed in the toilet bowl, like a deodorizing block, called U-Scan. A thermal sensor detects the urine, identifies who it came from and filters the liquid into a 100 test cartridge. The results will be sent over the phone and can be shared with the doctor.

Another French company that took over the management of the United States, Atmos Gear. This company designs electric rollerblades, a world first.

The connected revolution

Connected devices have been gaining momentum for nearly a decade, but the market remains highly fragmented, with dozens of manufacturers and many competing standards and norms.

Under the aegis of the Connectivity Standards Alliance (CSA), more than 550 companies have worked together to define a common protocol, which experts consider a revolution.

With the new standard, called Matter, the first version of which was launched in October, it is now possible to buy a device of almost any brand and connect it to the existing ecosystem of your home, whether it is made from Amazon’s Alexa or Google’s Nest app.

“Some products have already obtained their certification” of compliance with this new standard “and there will be many more in the aisles of CES”, announces Avi Greengart, of the company Techsponential. “We will see Matter devices synchronized with doorbells, vacuum cleaners and more”, added the analyst.

green technology

The theme of climate change has been a central topic at CES for several years, although events dedicated to it attract less public attention than the latest electronic gadgets.

This week, green technology will have its own exhibition space, a sign of the organizers’ desire to give the topic more visibility.

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