This year’s most important technology trends

CES in Las Vegas is one of the biggest tech shows in the world. Innovations are presented and celebrated with great fanfare.

CES 2023

CES in Las Vegas is one of the biggest tech shows in the world. Innovations are presented and celebrated with great fanfare.

(dpa) – CES is trying to make a comeback. After a jump in virtuality due to the coronavirus and a timid show in 2022, the organizers expect again in 2023, until January 8, around 100,000 professional visitors and exhibitors. And these are the themes we are talking about today:

Artificial intelligence everywhere

At the end of 2022, applications using artificial intelligence experienced a spectacular breakthrough. Thus, the AI ​​research firm OpenAI has released the ChatGPT chatbot capable of providing intelligent answers to questions. Word spread in no time that the text generator could write essays in a few seconds, which, at least at first glance, are hardly distinguishable from long-researched seminar papers. But the software robot can also imitate Shakespeare or write programming code.

Text-to-image generators like Midjourney and Stable Diffusion can already produce impressive art on command. And they improve further with each update. The AI ​​trend will continue in full force in 2023. It is predictable that the big AI specialists like Google, Microsoft and Meta will not leave the field open to challengers like OpenAI. But smaller suppliers and start-ups will also jump on the AI ​​bandwagon.

Autonomous driving

Self-driving cars will move around the city and the countryside much safer than human-driven vehicles. Almost all experts agree on this point. But it is not yet clear when self-driving cars will finally be ready to hit the market.

Last year, the “death” of the high-profile startup Argo AI shocked the industry: Volkswagen and Ford stopped funding the Robocar project and wrote off $4.5 billion. But it’s clear at CES that the industry hasn’t given up on the vision of automated, self-driving cars. Still, the companies follow technically different approaches.

While Tesla has long relied entirely on cameras to sense the environment, most other players rely on a mix of radar and laser (lidar) sensors. Elon Musk, the head of Tesla, announced a novelty in the automotive industry, the famous 4D Imaging Radar. This system provides for the integration of many small radar antennas into one system. This appears to provide a much finer resolution, similar to that of a much more expensive Lidar system. The coming months will show whether Musk can deliver on his big promises.

Metaverse not only from Meta

On the one hand, Metaverse denotes a digital and interactive environment that you can enter using virtual reality glasses. Users can work, play, meet or shop there as avatars. But the metaverse also includes applications where digital information is displayed in the users’ real field of vision. “To me, the metaverse is the next generation of the Internet,” said Steve Koenig, head of market research at the show’s organizer, the US trade association CTA.



At CES, Shiftall is showing off a full-body tracking tool, including a Bluetooth microphone and a FlipVR controller for gaming in the Metaverse.

Photo: Getty Images via AFP

At the Las Vegas show, it became clear that the metaverse is not only a fixed idea of ​​Mark Zuckerberg, who bets so much on this trend that he even renamed his Facebook group Meta. Thus, we expect from HTC a competing product for Meta’s VR Quest glasses. And Sony has already announced before CES that their new Playstation VR2 virtual reality headset is expected to hit the market in February. Among other things, the helmet integrates four cameras which record the movements of the controller and the players, including their gaze directions.

Things are also moving in Metavers applications: the car manufacturer Stellantis and Microsoft present a Metavers showroom at CES. And a company called OVR presents a solution for communicating smells in the Metaverse. In 2023, Apple could still bring big changes to the market. Some observers are confident that the iPhone group will launch its first headphones on the market this year. Apple CEO Tim Cook is enthusiastic about the “augmented reality” approach, where digital data expands the analog world. However, Apple does not traditionally indulge in confidences during CES, but relies on its own events.

End of the flea crisis

During the pandemic, many chips were in short supply as key supply chains were disrupted due to increased demand for electronics and mistakes were made in purchasing policy. According to CTA chief Koenig, that could change this year.

“The huge demand from pandemic times is slowing down. And that’s good news, because it’s finally making chips available again,” Koenig said. Too long turnaround times are slowly returning to normal, especially as more manufacturing sites start operating. But for industry, it can also be the warning of another problem: “We will go from a shortage of chips to a possible oversupply.”

OLED screens

LCD is fine, but light-emitting diodes (OLED) for displays promise better colors, better contrast and better black representation. After the first portable models with OLED screens, for example from Asus, this technology is stepping out of its niche this year.


A wide giant: Samsung's Odyssey OLED G9 stretches and curves 49 inches.

A wide giant: Samsung’s Odyssey OLED G9 stretches and curves 49 inches.

Photo: Samsung/dpa-tmn

Samsung and LG present computer monitors for the office and games with OLED technology. The Samsung Odyssey OLED G9 is also available in an extra wide curved format with an aspect ratio of 32:9. Other manufacturers continue to bet on integrated displays for the home office. Lenovo, for example, with three Thinkvision monitors (T27hv-30, T24mv-30 and T24v-30). They include high-resolution cameras, multiple ports, speakers and microphones for video conferencing.

Quantum dot tv

In the TV segment, OLED technology has already been present for a long time, especially in the high price segment. But since 2022, the trend here is QD-OLED. This means a mix of Quantum Dot (QD) technology and OLED. These screens should offer all the advantages of OLED, while being even brighter and perhaps even less power-hungry one day. Samsung and Sony could show new models.


The LG Soundbar SC9 pairs wirelessly with the LG TV using Wowcast wireless technology.

The LG Soundbar SC9 pairs wirelessly with the LG TV using Wowcast wireless technology.

Photo: LG/dpa-tmn

In order for the flat-screen TV to also sound good, new sound bars are coming. LG is definitely presenting only OLED televisions (without QD) in Las Vegas, but on the other hand is still offering its own soundbars, which should be able to be connected completely wirelessly to the LG television via Wowcast radio.

Game

Normally, CES is not very present in this area. But with Nvidia, it is a giant of graphics chips and game streaming that is represented. Razer, Alienware, Acer Lenovo and others will introduce new gaming laptops, perhaps even the first with the expected 40-series graphics chips from Nvidia. There could also be a new virtual reality headset from HTC. Here there would still be room on the market next to the Oculus Quest Pro from Meta.

smartphones

There are usually no big premieres, the producers have their own agreements for this. Otherwise, the new flagship gets lost in the hustle and bustle of the living room.

smart home

In 2023, the main theme of the smart home is called Matter. The new standard is a cornerstone of network systems from many manufacturers. “It has never been so easy to network components from different manufacturers in a smart home,” predicts Sebastian Klöß, director of the Consumer Technology sector at industry association Bitkom.

According to Klöß, Matter will give new impetus to the smart home in 2023. And for very current reasons. “In connection with energy savings, technology will play a central role in 2023, thanks to which we will be able to reduce our energy needs.”

The stage is therefore set for smart home solutions with smart heaters and thermostats, automation and much more. They then recognize when and how to ventilate and heat or already know the weather and can turn down the heat themselves.

Gadgets

Light with camera: Die Go Desk Station from Lenovo.

Photo: Lenovo/dpa-tmn

CES is also conducive to devices that sit somewhere on the line between useful tech gadgets and gimmicks. Lenovo, for example, led the way upstream of the living room with a lamp that doubles as a camera and smartphone charging station. Go Desk Station is the name of this height-adjustable and swiveling desk light dispenser, which is equipped with a 4K webcam, USB ports and a Qi charging station.

Services

Do you have the material? Maybe you also want the service that comes with it: buying fitness programs for the smartwatch? Buy a little extra for cloud services or more functions and memory for the security camera? Or rent an app? Nearly $125 billion was generated by software and services in 2022 in the United States.

And it will increase further, predicts analyst Mainelli. Tech companies have tried to establish Software-as-a-Service not only in the enterprise sector but also in the consumer sector. Renting a program for a monthly fee while constantly upgrading it can seem much more beneficial than buying it once and for all at a high price.

This article originally appeared on the Luxemburger Wort website.

Translation: Melody Mouzon

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