CES 2018 officially launched on Tuesday with keynote speeches by Gary Shapiro, CEO of the Consumer Technology Association, and Karen Chupka, the senior vice president of the organization. The trade show is hosted in Las Vegas annually by the Consumer Technology Association. Each year, electronics companies take advantage of the event to showcase their newest products.
This year’s offerings at CES have largely focused on robots. The Buddy companion robot manufactured by Blue Frog Robotics gained attention on the floor for its combination of personal assistant capabilities and mobile home security system functions. Sony also showed off the next generation version of Aibo, their adorable robotic dog. Currently available only in Japan, Aibo costs around $2,000 and can respond to simple commands ordering it to sit and shake. LG Electronics also showcased their own line of CLOi robots, designed to replace human waiters and porters. The South Korean company unveiled a shopping cart robot as part of their collection.
Many of this year’s gadgets are in the category of home electronics. LG finally revealed their new ThinQ smart fridge which they have been teasing on their website. The see-through fridge allows users to monitor the shelf life of food and remotely access a view of the interior. LG also debuted their new 65-inch rollable OLED TV. The screen can be rolled up for easy storage when not in use. Samsung turned heads with its massive new television screen. Dubbed the Wall, the 146-inch screen will allow consumers to enjoy films and television programs on a large scale in the comfort of their own homes.
Automobile companies joined the fray to exhibit their latest tech advancements. Chinese startup Byton flaunted their new electric SUV, a high-tech four-wheel drive designed to give Tesla a run for its money. Excitement grew among attendees when Nvidia announced a new partnership with Volkswagen and Uber to integrate the company’s self-driving technology into their cars. Uber plans to use Nvidia’s technology to launch a new cadre of self-driving vehicles that will expand their autonomous fleet. Not to be outdone, Intel unveiled their own self-driving car, a Ford Fusion equipped with Mobileye software. Intel also revealed that they will use the technology to build a smart map that will allow self-driving cars to safely navigate through city streets.