Written by: Alicia Daleiden – Account Supervisor, PR (Earned), Racepoint Global San Francisco
One of the biggest themes at CES 2019 was AI. From smartphones to autonomous vehicles, companies showcased how AI technology can be integrated into just about anything. Here’s a look at some of the innovative products on display at CES and how these technologies are making an impact on a variety of industries.
AI enhancements have become a staple of today’s premium smartphones, powering features such as facial recognition to unlock your phone, scene detection to enhance your photos and much more. MediaTek is making cutting-edge AI technology accessible to mid-market devices, without the premium price tag. The company demoed its Helio P90 chipset which powers low-light noise reduction, multi-person pose detection and real-time video enhancements for the next generation of smartphone photography.
May Mobility shuttles in action with Cepton’s LiDAR (video credit: Cepton)
Autonomous vehicles are another exciting frontier for AI, promising to reshape the transportation industry and make roads safer. And it’s not just consumer cars that will have self-driving capabilities; we’ll also see autonomous buses, trucks and taxis in the future. Cepton’s booth featured a self-driving shuttle from May Mobility, which has given more than 30,000 rides to passengers in several U.S. cities. May Mobility’s autonomous shuttles leverage Cepton’s long-range and power-efficient LiDAR solutions to accurately sense what’s around them to make intelligent navigation decisions.
In addition to changing the way we get from place to place, AI is also reshaping the way we communicate with our devices. First available on smartphones and then smart speakers, voice assistant technology is now being integrated into everything from TVs to cars so accessing information is easier than ever. Google drove home this point with its Google Assistant helpers stationed throughout the show floor, a smart branding move to highlight the large ecosystem of devices integrating its technology. Google revealed that Google Assistant will be on a billion devices by the end of January 2019, while more than 100 million devices have been sold with Amazon Alexa, as the voice assistant market continues to grow with burgeoning consumer demand.
All in all, many of the companies at CES showcased a shared vision of the future where AI makes our lives easier and more efficient. With this glimpse at both current technologies and what’s next, I look forward to seeing how the tech landscape continues to evolve over the next year.