CES 2020 – IoT Redefined and the Decade of EV Transportation
As another decade comes to a close, CES/CTA is stronger and larger than ever before with new technology thriving at an equally robust pace. If ever there was an economic health indicator, CES 2020 is it.
Notable mentions include eVTOL’s (electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing…in other words, flying cars), 8K big-screen televisions, EV ground transportation, and of course, the biggest gorilla in the room, the launch of 5G networks in the US this year.
At the CES Unveiled event on Sunday evening, IoT as we know it has aptly evolved to the “intelligence of things” as we move away from the “internet” application of technology and into more artificial intelligence era of the upcoming ’20s.
The next decade was also declared to be the age of not only evolving EV’s but everything electric/electronic transportation. With more pressure from climate change sentiment worldwide, a shift away from outdated fossil fuel standards is imminent. With the open-source battery technology advancing globally (thank you, Tesla), the ability to create cleaner transportation vehicles is now much more attainable than ever before. Electric cars, SUV’s, Uber and Bell eVTOL’s, autonomous vehicles, EV trucks, as well as Multi-Modal Transportation (electric scooters and boards), are gaining in popularity as the demand for drivers mobility escalates.
And just when you thought televisions couldn’t get any bigger or better, think again. You are either naive or live under a rock. This is CES where bragging rights begin here with the biggest, best and in this case brightest. It’s all about the eye candy when it comes down to TV look and performance. This is where CES really cut its teeth in its beginning. We used to think that someday TV tech would plateau at some point but now we are convinced it never will. 8K now becomes the next echelon for viewing superiority in the world of home entertainment as the race continues. The TCL brand made a dominant showing as one of the founding leaders of flat-screen tech just behind Sony by introducing Vidrian Mini-LED and 8K HDR as a new standard certified by the 8K Association. The universal demands in the home, business and now gaming have pushed the envelope to create a more multi-sensory experience like never before imagined. We remember when 1080p was almost unimaginable. Will 2022 bring us 16K?
And then there are drones. Like TV’s, the possibilities are seemingly endless. There are small drones, big drones, micro-drones and now eVTOL drones for commuting and delivery. There are even drones advancing in the areas of agriculture and geosciences. Military and surveillance drones were some of the first areas of application due to stealth and covert needs.
The era of 5G technology takes center stage this year as major networks begin flipping the switch on the much-touted next-generation platform. T-Moble seems to have the advantage so far with more nationwide coverage than its competitors. But what isn’t being discussed at CES are the hidden potential dangers of such a high and dense output of EMF on human proximity. So great is the thirst for streaming content that the average consumer is turning a blind eye to the already published hazards. Time can only make evident the outcome of this unleashed invisible anomaly. From what we can only surmise is that there is plenty of room and potential for ancillary 5G protection devices surrounding this dominant and unstoppable platform. One can only guess what 6G will bring.