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Issue 01/2018

AI is listening to you

Recent advances in voice recognition bring AI technologies to the home

Artificial Intelligence (AI) was one of the big buzzwords at CES 2018. From home appliances to robots and self-driving cars, AI is able to help us with our everyday activities. While an interest in intelligent machines can be traced back to Greek mythology, recent advances in computing that enable us to collect large quantities of data and then process it using algorithms, have hastened the development of AI technologies.

Issue 01/2018

CES technology trends for 2018

AI technologies drive innovation

Early on each New Year, technology companies gather in Las Vegas for the annual CES show. The 2018 edition brought together 3900 exhibitors displaying their latest developments. Analysts from the show organizer, the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), provided an overview of the major trends to follow this year.

2017
Issue 01/2017

Hearing lots of voices?

AI takes connected devices to the next level

In our smart world, a huge number of devices are part of the internet of things (IoT), or becoming so, many of them integrated with our homes, cities, manufacturing or transport systems and infrastructures. Added to this, a growing number of connected consumer devices, appliances and systems are able to carry out many human daily tasks in the home or workplace, whether for healthcare or entertainment. Research by Gartner forecasts the number of connected things will reach 20,8 billion by 2020, of which 13,5 billion will be from the consumer sector.

Issue 01/2017

Tech trends 2017

Insights and predictions by Shawn DuBravac, chief economist, CTA

For the first time in history, voice recognition has reached a level close to human understanding. This opens up new opportunities, notably in replacing the smartphone as a ubiquitous interface. The sensorization and digitization trends of previous years are now leading to adaptive automation and highly-specialized applications that fundamentally transform the user experience. Last but not least augmented (AR) and virtual reality (VR) are entering the real world of business.

2016
Issue 01/2016

Tech trends 2016

Insights and predictions by Shawn DuBravac, chief economist. CEA

The 2016 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, USA, was again a show of records, reflecting the growing importance of consumer electronics and connected devices.

2011
Issue 01/2011

Around the house wirelessly

Household electronics

From fingernail-painting printers to rechargeable electric vehicles with integrated smartphones that can search for cheap off-peak electricity rates or charging stations, CES, the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show, had it all. There were new smarter smartphones equipped with voice recognition to take dictation; tablets galore – some with an additional Bluetooth keyboard; and Internet radios with wireless network security keys, rechargeable batteries and automated access to social media website pages such as Facebook and Flickr.

Issue 01/2011

High-tech trade

World Electronics Forum

The IEC’s Immediate Past President addressed electronics leaders from 22 countries during the WEF (World Electronics Forum), underlining the importance of International Standards for innovation and global trade in electronics. WEF was hosted by CEA (Consumer Electronics Association) and took place in parallel to CES® (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas.

Issue 01/2011

Perfect balance

Greener load control with smart appliances

At CES (Consumer Electronics Show) 6-9 January 2011 in Las Vegas, US (United States), smart appliances took centre stage. Many manufacturers displayed appliances that not only add a lot of convenience but also can be turned on and off safely and remotely. This feature may seem trivial, but until the Smart Grid is a reality everywhere, “cycling” appliances during peak hours may represent a green solution for load control. During the Smart Grid Homes conference that was held at CES, experts from manufacturers and utilities discussed the potential of appliances for load control.