Event Report: The #CES2021 Preview – What’s Hot And Useful In The Enterprise

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This year’s CES will be all virtual as with all pandemic events.  Last year they brought in more than 171,000 guests, 6500 press and media, and had almost 3 million net square feet of exhibits with 4419 exhibiting companies.  As one of the largest industry networking events and conferences, it will be massively different as a virtual.  While we can expect more attendees, past virtual events have shown how burn out and the lack of networking leads to less screen time and minimal impact.
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Given Microsoft’s outsized presence as a technology partner for CES, the logins, the virtual event studio, and other technologies are taking advantage of the partnership.  In fact, the Microsoft Studios houses four sound stages in Redmond that include the massive 60 foot by 40 foot sound stage to smaller 22 foot by 22 foot insert stages.  There’s some serious equipment there and two identical video control rooms with post production facilities and state of the art off-line editing.  The production team is top notch so the broadcast quality and show flow will be pretty smooth.
The technology themes for this year seem to fall into a few buckets with AI, 5G, Internet of Things, Extended reality, and IOT technologies weaved into the narratives.  With digital transformation accelerated five years in five months of the pandemic, major consumer trends and themes that cross into the enterprise for 2021 include healthcare, autonomous and electric vehicles, display technology advancements, smart buildings and connected devices, and eSports and virtual worlds.
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A quick scan of the major announcements and sessions for this year’s CES shows the seven major trends for the enterprise:
1. Machine learning and AI advancements
2.Healthcare via personal health, devices, and remote care
3. Environmental themes emerging around sustainability, circular economy, and climate
4. Electric and autonomous vehicle innovations
5. Improvement in display technologies from material science, power consumption, and form factors
6. More consumer and enterprise adoption of extended reality (MR, AR, VR)
7. Advancements and ease of use with connected devices and digitization supporting smart homes, smart buildings, and connected devices.

Healthcare Everywhere And Digitized For A Pandemic And Beyond

The pandemic has accelerated a lot of telehealt innovations, home monitoring, virtual health, connected areas.  Omron, Philips, and Verizon are putting a lot of announcements from new products to new service offerings.

Verizon -, 5G’s impact on healthcare

Omron – health monitoring, remote health heart

Philips – connected health, telehealth, virtual health

We see virtual surgeries, telemedicine, and improved phlebotomy with AR.

Electric Vehicles and Autonomous Capabilities Roll Forward

As many states and countries start the draconian shift to eliminate ICE internal combustion engines and gas cars, a lot of work is out there on electric and autonomous vehicles.
Intel has some big announcements on MobileEye AV
GM’s talking about electrification with Mary Barra
Mercedes and Panasonic have new user experiences and infotainment systems
but here’s the most interesting one
Magma and LG Chem are partnering up
Caterpillar will be showcasing how they are delivering on autonomous mining.

Faster, Better, Cheaper, And More Flexible Displays Continue To Advance

It can’t be a CES without innovations in Display technologies. The big manufacturers are all pushing towards 8K and that future, we still need broadcast for that, but it’s getting good along with the flexible displays we saw last year.

Hisense will be talking more about their Laser TV’s
Skyworth is still pushing out the AIOT story
TCL has made improvements in MiniLed
and LG and Samsung have their latest displays

Smart Buildings, IOT, and Connected Devices Get Easier To Connect And Use

Constellation’s seeing a rash of new smart devices that bring the home, commercial buildings, and IOT closer and easier together.
Bosch is announcing a series of smart mobility, IOT, and devices
Schneider Electric has a smart home DX and XD light switches
LG’s line of smart appliances
Kohler is sharing what their vision of kitchens and baths will look like in the smart home.

Advancements In Gaming, eSports, And Extended Reality Have Enterprise Applications

Mixed reality and extended reality continue to take place.  These applications are powering remote work, training, field service applications, and even new types of experiential sales environments.
Rendever has a very interesting solution for senior communities and VR
Lenovo will launch their new Think Reality AR glasses

At the dawn of 2021, all across the world, compressed digital transformation is accelerating cloud adoption, digital commerce, cyber security, automation and AI. These are key technologies for 2021 and the team will be keeping a close eye on the leaders in these spaces. CES showcases the innovations for 2021 in the consumer space.  So far, nothing break through, however, the rapid adoption in the consumer world always paves the way for enterprise adoption.  Add massive security requirements, enterprise class scale, and an understanding of adoption paths, and these trends will pervasively emerge in the enterprise leader’s priority list.

How has 2020 treated you? Did we miss a top vendor for this year’s awards? Anything you’d suggest for 2021?

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