What Caught Our Eye at CES 2018

These were the standouts at this year’s largest technology event.

It’s hard to walk away from CES 2018 and not feel excited (and a little dazed) about the possibilities the next generation of technology will bring.

The technology on the showroom floors was designed to dazzle, and it didn’t disappoint. From new ideas that solve real-world problems to evolving new technologies, the show is always jam-packed with amazing innovations.

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So what might take TV to that next level? The Wall.

Here’s a list of what blew us away this year:

Samsung modular TV (also known as The Wall)

Everyone has been waiting for the next big thing for television. Improvements in resolution, connectivity and “smarts” have been great, but nothing has been compelling enough for consumers to upgrade beyond a standard 1080p flat screen. And 8k looks amazing, but there’s barely enough content to justify 4k, let alone that next level of definition.

So what might take TV to that next level? The Wall.

Samsung Unveils “The Wall.” Source: Samsung Newsroom

The modular nature of Samsung’s 8K modular television known as The Wall is a game-changer, with its dozens of interlocking tablet-sized panels.

Imagine the possibility of building a larger TV from multiple panels or pulling off a section to use it as second TV when there’s more than one game on. Or you could even create several smaller displays and put fine art on your walls for a dinner party. The possibilities are endless.

Nvidia exemplifies cross-industry supremacy

Nvidia continues its dominance in the gaming industry with three giant gaming display screens. They feature 4K resolutions at 120Hz and HDR color, with a brightness of 1,000 units and G-Sync technology to keep pace with a gamer’s superfast content.

NVIDIA Quadro FX 1300. Source: Creative Commons

The new gaming hardware is turning heads, especially with its growth potential in e-Sports.

Multi-platform expertise? Check. A new generation of game streaming for low-spec PCs? Check. A gaming monitor the size of a flat screen TV? Check mate!

Now Nvidia is extending its technology to the automotive sector. The company has formed hundreds of partnerships with automotive companies and positioned itself as the go-to developer and chip maker. Autonomous vehicles will soon run on its technologies.

Google Assistant coming on strong

No company put on a bigger advertising blitz than Google. The Google Assistant was everywhere: new hardware and application displays on the showroom floor, a complete takeover of the light rail train and dozens (felt like hundreds) of people in “Google Assistant Elf” regalia. Outside, several small buildings formed a Google campus of sorts, with live demonstrations and a two-story slide.

Fresh off holiday sales of millions of Google Homes and Minis, the company hit attendees at every turn with its messaging.

Hey Google, we got it!

Also noteworthy

BeamPro 2: Using robots to interact with humans has never been easier, but this modular mobile platform was impressive. The communications device can be used for telepresence and other virtual meetings and seems to be catching on with organizations requiring in-person engagement across the globe.

Bell Transport Drone: It looks like we’re getting closer to The Jetsons with this urban air taxi. Although still in concept stage, the Bell Transport Drone soars above street traffic to get passengers quickly to their destination. This represents the future of air mobility.

Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality are going mainstream. The tech isn’t just about video games anymore, as workplace applications take shape for warehouses, retail settings and other forms of entertainment. Also, fewer cords and phones makes them more self-contained and more mobile.

See the NVIDIA CES 2018 recap.

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Greg Ross is Corporate Segment Marketing Director at UPS.

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