What is CES and ‘Eureka Park’?
CES 2019 is the world’s largest Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. It attracts literally everyone in tech from all over the world to visit and learn about solutions within e.g. Artificial Intelligence (AI), robotics, Internet of Things (IoT) and Smart Home. 180.000 people attend Las Vegas during the 4-day show.
This year, CES took place between January 8-11, 2019, and it has grown even bigger than last year.
Anyware attended for the first time in 2017 as an exhibitor in the exclusive startup venue, ‘Eureka Park’. In 2018, we were busy launching our solution to the world, but did win the prestigious ‘CES Innovation Award’ in absentia (i.e. without exhibiting). And now we were back at CES 2019, and back at Eureka Park on the impressive and – for Eureka Park – very large Arrow/Indiegogo booth as one of five privileged invited startups who had received an Arrow Flash Funding Award in 2018.
The Anyware Services Catalogue™ is Anyware’s online shop for new functionality to the all-in-one, award-winning Anyware Smart Adaptor™. Anyware Services are small easy-to-use ‘applets’ in the app that run everyday routines for the family to provide peace of mind, family safety and a healthy home – they seamlessly plug into and upgrade your existing Smart Living experience via the app.
We believe that everyone would want that, if it’s delivered ‘as a Service’ (instead of as a technical gadget) and if it’s as easy to install as fitting a light bulb!
What you always get at CES
Although we may only have 2 years of experience from attending CES in the past, it is clear that you cannot leave CES without being:
- Concerned about the future
- Excited about the future
Inspired because there are so many ideas and this underlying vibe of innovation and opportunity that will leave you inspired to either create new tech or step up to fight competition.
Concerned about the future because the technology is at a mind-boggling level already – and we have only just begun the technological revolution with AI and robotics.
Excited about the future for the same reasons that make me concerned.
Let me try to elaborate on this duality: AI is a technology that will transform the world and even humans. No-one can predict where this is going. This is exciting for all the good purposes of technological advancements. However, it is also concerning, as we already seem to be losing control over AI – we see AI-solutions that generate results we cannot explain – i.e. making decisions that we as humans would not have done, but in hindsight proves correct or even genius.
Another and more tangible concern is this:
If robotics and AI are the future – and CES certainly underscored that it is – then China and Asia are kicking ass and leading the game.
The micro-perspective: Anyware and Smart Home solutions
When taking the temperature on IoT and Smart Home from our own market perspective, we made these main observations and interpretations at CES this year:
- IoT was less ‘hyped’ than 2 years ago – which is also an established and shared observation from many industry players. IoT is a very broad concept, but in general terms we saw less IoT industry players and there was less fuzz about IoT. However, robots and drones were everywhere.
- Smart Home is changing – the playing field has moved towards Voice Activation and AI by the ‘big boys’ (Amazon, Google and Microsoft as the main players – nope, didn’t forget Apple – they are just not in the Top 3).
- The changed Smart Home focus implies advancements in Smart Home consumer products (Alexa, Google Home, Electronic Doorbells, Smart Thermostats, Connected Light Bulbs, etc.) compared with 2 years ago, whilst the traditional Smart Home paradigm (integrated, gateway-centric Smart Home solutions) seems to have followed IoT down the hype curve (well, Smart Home has never really been hyped, which is exactly the problem, but also the great opportunity for Anyware).
The great news for us is that Anyware’s mission to offer Smart Home or rather Smart Living as a Service is even more relevant and unique now. While the ‘big boys’ fight tomorrow’s game, Anyware is successfully playing today’s game by focusing on the deployment of the digital infrastructure of the Smart Home – based on the Anyware Smart Adaptor™ as the Smart Living Services Enabler.
Not so cool observations about CES this year
We also made some discouraging observations at CES this year:
- France stepped us as the main startup nation by organizing 375 French startups to exhibit in what became ‘the French area’. Without doing the count myself, we were allegedly 7 Danish companies at CES 2019 (from Oticon to Anyware). What it means is that many French startups were given the opportunity to showcase their startup and technology at the greatest tech scene of all – and young French entrepreneurs are now returning from CES mentally more robust and with a global, competitive perspective on their market.
- Almost no-one from Energy, Insurance or Telco, which are Anyware’s strategic Go-To-Market partners, visited Eureka Park as opposed to an overwhelming interest in 2017 for upcoming tech solutions and startups.
- Few visitors from Europe compared to 2017 – maybe as a result of several viable alternatives in Europe such as Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and IFA in Berlin.
- Not much ‘greentech’ at the world’s largest consumer electronics show – not everyone seems to believe that consumers should drive the innovation required to save the planet from global warming… Smart Cities were represented, though, but that has still little to do with private consumers.
This was CES 2019 seen from ‘Anyware’. Don’t hesitate to share your observations if you attended CES 2019 or contact me if you want to know more.
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