The word on the street about the annual CES Show in the restaurants, bars and casinos in Las Vegas is a different one this year. The word is Shutdown.
“Because of the government shutdown, some of our scheduled government speakers at CES 2019 have alerted us that they must cancel their travel to the show,” said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, Consumer Technology Association (CTA). “As a result, some of our scheduled CES 2019 programming and speakers will change. We urge attendees who planned to hear US federal government speakers to check the sessions on the website to ensure those individuals are still speaking. Our Speakers Directory can be found here. This page will be updated regularly.”
The show, schedules for January 8 to 11, would include 4,500 exhibiting companies, 6,500 members of the media, attendees from nearly 160 countries and more than 180,000 people in attendance.
Aside from the wrangling in DC, much of the buzz had to do with the luminaries jetting into town for the show itself. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver were scheduled to sit down for a conversation with ESPN anchor Rachel Nichols. The session, #NBATwitter: A Conversation with Adam Silver and Jack Dorsey, would discuss their innovative partnership, the NBA’s approach to sports technology with a spotlight on #NBATwitter and the reasons the vibrant community continues to flourish.
“The partnership between Twitter and the NBA illustrates the ever-growing symbiotic relationship between sports and technology,” said Shapiro. “We’re thrilled to welcome Jack Dorsey and Adam Silver to the CES stage to discuss the future of sports, entertainment and technology and its impact on fan engagement.”
CES Sports Zone at CES 2018 saw every sports league represented, including Major League Soccer, MLB, NASCAR, NBA, NCAA, NFL, NHL, US Olympic Committee and WWE. Professional athletes, such as Shaquille O’Neal, Charles Barkley, Joe Montana, Landon Donovan, Bryce Harper and Michael Phelps made appearances and contributed to the narrative surrounding sports technology innovation.
CES 2019 is envisioned as the global platform for sports technology innovation. Returning to the show for 2019, the CES Sports Zone will feature the latest tech innovation impacting all facets of sports–from athletic performance to fan engagement and the business of sports on and off the field. In addition to exhibits, the Sports Zone conference program will feature athletes and industry experts as they explore the future of sports technology, including the quantified athlete, immersive fan experience, smart venues and eSports. Another aspect is the CES Sports Zone Lounge hosted by Sports Innovation Lab and sponsored by the NFL Players Association.
Innovation is the key at CES. Among the fascinating new products and technologies that will be on display:
* ASUS’s ZenBook. A true combination of beauty and power, this ultraportable delivers performance and portability into an impossibly small chassis. Its 13.9-inch FHD frameless four-sided NanoEdge display is the most impressive to date, featuring the world’s slimmest bezels and 97% screen-to-body ratio1, the largest of the industry. With NVIDIA® GeForce® MX150 discrete graphics, and the latest 8th Gen Intel® Core™ quad-core processor, ZenBook S13 pushes the boundaries of what’s possible inside a 13-inch chassis. There’s ample space with 1TB of PCIe® x4 SSD storage, and the 50Wh battery provides up to 15 hours of battery life2 . ZenBook S13 will be available in the coming months with pricing and regional configurations to be announced at launch.
* Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. introduced its latest innovations in modular MicroLED display technology during its annual First Look CES event at the Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. The revolutionary new MicroLED technology designs featured at the event included: a new 75” display, a 219” The Wall as well as other various groundbreaking sizes, shapes and configurations for a next-generation modular MicroLED display–a 2019 CES Best of Innovation Award winner.
“For decades, Samsung has led the way in next-generation display innovation,” said Jonghee Han, President of Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics. “Our MicroLED technology is at the forefront of the next screen revolution with intelligent, customizable displays that excel in every performance category. Samsung MicroLED has no boundaries, only endless possibilities.”
Featuring self-emissive technology and modular capabilities, Samsung’s MicroLED displays deliver unparalleled picture quality, versatility and design. These transformative TV displays are made up of individual modules of self-emissive MicroLEDs, featuring millions of inorganic red, green and blue microscopic LED chips that emit their own light to produce brilliant colors on screen–delivering unmatched picture quality that surpasses any display technology currently available on the market.
* From setting the thermostat from across the room to creating a grocery list while doing the dishes, consumers continue to capitalize on the convenience offered by digital voice assistants. Moen, the #1 faucet brand in North America, is expanding the capabilities of its first-to-market U by Moen™ shower to provide even more innovative ways to interact with water, now offering enhanced functionality with Amazon Alexa, and compatibility with Apple HomeKit™ and Google Assistant™ – as well as a new Matte Black controller finish for additional design customization. All U by Moen updates will be on display for demo at CES 2019.
“With the increasing popularity of digital voice assistants, we wanted to make sure consumers have several options available regardless of the smart home ecosystem they choose, as well as streamline the commands to make controlling your shower as simple as possible.”
U by Moen is a next-generation Wi-Fi/cloud-based digital shower which offers mobile connectivity and unmatched personalization, providing homeowners countless ways to create their ideal showering experience, with three choices to control the shower: voice activation, smartphone app and an in-shower controller.
* The Procter & Gamble Company brought life and laboratory together as it turned the spotlight on six new, connected products designed to improve everyday life at the Consumer Electronics Show. For the first time, P&G executives took the stage at the world’s preeminent showcase for global innovation and shared how the company is leveraging cutting edge technologies to develop new products and enhance everyday experiences for consumers around the world.
“We’re living in a time of mass disruption, where the exponential power of technology combined with shifting societal and environmental forces are transforming consumer experiences every day.”
Featured products and services include SK-II’s Future X Smart Store, transforming beauty retail shopping with facial recognition and gesture-driven “phygital” experiences, augmented by SK-II’s proprietary skin science and diagnostics.
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