CES 2022 kicks off this week as established tech companies and startups head to Las Vegas to showcase their latest innovations

CES 2022 kicks off this week as established tech companies and startups head to Las Vegas to showcase their latest innovations the market can expect to see over the next year.

The name of the mass show has evolved over the years, from the Consumer Electronics Fair to CES International and now only CES.

Although many of the products displayed will eventually find their way into the hands of consumers, consumers do not participate in this event as it is directed towards those who either sell or distribute to consumers or other businesses.

In the days before the pandemic, CES would usually attract around 200,000 participants, although after accessing last year’s virtual show, the number of personal participants expected this year is unknown.

CES was scheduled to run from January 5 to January 8, but the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), which runs the show, reduced it to one day to close at the end of January 7 due to the latest variant of the coronavirus.

In recent weeks, numerous companies have given up on personal presentation or participation and moved on to virtual exhibitions, including General Motors, Proctor & Gamble, Google, Amazon, T-Mobile, AT&T, Casio, HP, Twitter, Motorola, Lenovo, iHeartMedia, AMD, Panasonic, Hisense, Brunswick, Nvidia and Pinterest.

However, there are still more than 2,100 companies exhibiting, according to the CTA.

These include more than 100 healthcare companies, including 3M, Abbott, Colgate-Palmolive, Dassault Systèmes, OMRON Healthcare, OrCam, Penumbra, Philips, Sleep Number and Variowell.

Highlighting throughout the show are the Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies in products ranging from delivery robots to connected vehicles.

One of the newest features at CES is a planned high-speed autonomous racing race. The Indy Autonomous Challenge at the Motor Speedway in Las Vegas involves nine racing teams from 19 universities from eight countries. The rehearsals on the track start today to practice for the weekend race.

At Eureka Annual Park, notable for introducing highly innovative companies in the early stages, several regions cluster under a common umbrella.

For example, the Japan Pavilion at Eureka Park is scheduled to present 52 Japanese growing technology startups, including six that were cited at CES 2022 Innovation Awards. Companies, supported by the Japan External Trade Organization, are showcasing products by including a camera equipped with LTE connectivity, a non-invasive blood glucometer using medium-sized infrared lasers, and a small autonomous distribution robot.

The Seoul Metropolitan Government is also supporting a team at the CES 2022 Pavilion in Seoul, with 25 startups, including six cited in the CES 2022 Innovation Awards.

At the French technology pavilion at Eureka Park, 140 startups plan to showcase their innovations ranging from a miniature biodegradable paper battery that can deliver clean energy to disposable medical devices to a fast hydrogen catamaran.

At every CES, there are companies that present live demonstrations using volunteer participants, and this time is no exception. For example, iMediSync from Korea plans to offer a free 10-minute brain examination to provide an analysis of brain waves and heart rate variability. The AI-led discovery platform aims to identify the early detection of multiple mental health conditions, such as Alzheimer’s.

Here is a brief sample of some of the products on display at CES:

  • Ekin plans to introduce a mobile, automatic license plate reader, among other artificial city products powered by artificial intelligence. License plate recognition can identify license plates from moving and parked cars and provide immediate comparisons with wanted or stolen vehicles.
  • SteadySense is expected to introduce an intelligent patch that continuously measures body temperatures for early detection of infectious diseases. The connected patch then sends notifications via a mobile app.
  • Somali is introducing a small capacitive sensor built into a flexible, three-dimensional floor that can observe, monitor and report on human well-being factors, including the presence, gait and foot pressure targeting the healthcare market. The sensors are made of paper and require little energy.
  • Ubtech, a humanoid robotic company with artificial intelligence, is introducing a new portfolio of healthcare robots including a self-driving chair and a walking aid robot with an integrated seat, biometric monitoring and road design.
  • Phiar plans to feature a platform for vehicles to use real-time augmentation based on advanced computer vision artificial intelligence. In-vehicle cameras and sensors provide an enhanced navigation system for the driver.
  • Doosan Bobcat plans a live demonstration of its intelligent technology that includes remote operations using Verizon’s 5G network. A compact binary charger is expected to be operated remotely by an operator in a Bobcat electric excavator cab.
  • Blickfeld plans to announce a collaboration with Genesis Design regarding 360 degree sensors in autonomous vehicles. Blickfeld Percept software allows the detection, classification and tracking of objects.
  • Heber plans to feature a new version of Hiber Easy Pulse, an asset tracking technology to monitor assets anywhere in the world on a monthly subscription basis.
  • Quantum operation, an IoT startup, is expected to feature a non-invasive glucose wristwatch monitor with the ability to record and identify glucose level changes.

Regardless of the products on display, IoT and AI technology dominate this CES.