From self-driving baby strollers to ChatGPT in Volkswagen cars, artificial intelligence is expected to be at the center of the CES gadget extravaganza that officially opens Tuesday in Las Vegas.
The annual Consumer Electronics Show features more than 3,500 exhibitors and expects around 130,000 visitors.
Companies big and small hosted press previews on Monday, with artificial intelligence a recurring mantra as they unveiled products that promised better lives.
LG CEO William Cho said the world is at “a historic turning point” due to artificial intelligence.
His company aims to participate in this transformation by leveraging data collected from sensors on hundreds of millions of smart devices used around the world to detect behavioral patterns and provide insights, Cho said.
“We have a unique opportunity to leverage real-life data collected across devices in real-time. With your permission, of course,” he said.
LG, Samsung and other TV titans have also introduced AI improvements to significantly improve pictures, help viewers find shows they’ll like and more.
TVs will evolve into a “smart command hub” that will connect devices, security cameras and even incorporate thermal scanning for health information, according to Jessica Boothe, director of research at the Consumer Technology Association, which organizes CES.
“We’ll be watching as TVs become the command center for the home beyond just streaming entertainment,” he said.
– ChatGPT on Wheels –
Volkswagen, meanwhile, unveiled what it described as the first vehicles built with a chatbot powered by OpenAI’s ChatGPT technology.
The digital assistant “Cerence Chat Pro” manufactured in collaboration with Cerence Inc. it will be standard on many Volkswagen vehicles from the second quarter of this year, according to the automaker.
“We offer our drivers added value and direct access to the AI-based research tool,” said Volkswagen board member Kai Grunitz.
Nvidia, whose graphics chips are coveted for their ability to handle the intense computing demands of artificial intelligence, used CES as an opportunity to announce new chips for gamers and creators.
Innovations showcased before the CES floor opened included technology to translate multiple languages at once and augmented reality glasses that essentially turn the space in front of the viewer into a screen they can control with gestures.
Apple, which is not at CES, said on Monday that it will launch its long-awaited Vision Pro mixed reality headset in the United States on February 2, in its first major product launch since 2015’s Apple Watch.
Announced in June, the Vision Pro will cost $3,499 before taxes, more than double the price of Meta’s flagship Quest Pro headset.
“The age of spatial computing has arrived,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, calling the Vision Pro “the most advanced consumer electronic device ever created.”
– Year of AI at CES –
CES exhibitor and attendee numbers have grown every year since the Covid-19 pandemic made it an online-only event in 2021.
While the expo is increasingly becoming a showcase for startups, big brands like Amazon, Google, Intel, Netflix, Samsung, Sony and TikTok will also be there.
“There’s some exciting innovation, there’s some boring innovation, and there’s some just plain weird innovation,” said Techsponential analyst Avi Greengart.
Analysts expect it to be the year of artificial intelligence when it comes to product introductions at CES.
The models underlying AI have improved dramatically since last year’s CES and the debut of OpenAI’s ChatGPT, and are being implemented in meaningful ways for consumers, according to Greengart.
Wrapping up on Friday, CES is expected to see strong AI health, automotive, beauty, entertainment and sustainability themes.
“Artificial intelligence will reshape industries beyond technology and has the power to make life easier, more inclusive for everyone,” said Jong-Hee Han, CEO and Head of Device Experience at Samsung.
More than a decade of investment in artificial intelligence is “coming to life,” he added.