June 08, 2017 01:00 By JIRAPAN BOONNOON THE NATION SHANGHAI 18,136 Viewed
THE THREE-DAY CES (Consumer Electronics Show) Asia kicked off in Shanghai yesterday, showcasing |the latest innovations and technology.
Gary Shapiro, president and chief executive of the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), said CES Asia 2017 would showcase the latest in global tech innovations, with services and products for healthcare, robotics, smart cities and smart mobility.
On hand are more than 450 exhibitors from 22 countries, covering a show floor spanning 40,000 gross square metres. There are 19 product categories ranging from self-driving vehicles to augmented and virtual reality, the entire ecosystem of the tech industry.
Tech leaders are showing off innovations across a multitude of industries including sports, artificial intelligence, big data and mobility.
“Energy and excitement are in the air as CES Asia 2017 opens its doors revealing the future of consumer technology in this dynamic region,” Shapiro said. “The show is buzzing with groundbreaking technologies representing the full expanse of industry. Technology is changing the world, such as smart vehicles. This is the new era of technology disruption.”
He said the show was hosting more than 75 start-ups from more than 10 countries in addition to established brands.
A new dedicated stage showcases a flash pitch competition by start-up group organisers such as La French Tech, Shenzhen Valley Ventures and ZJ Park to pitch to an executive panel in such categories as beauty care, oral care, baby care, pain management and sleep health.
Shawn DuBravac, chief economist and senior researcher at CTA, said four trends and disruptive innovations were defining the technology industry this year.
First is “invisible computing”, with smart devices becoming faster and more powerful.
Second is immersive involvement, which offers the perception of being physically present in a non-physical world, such as virtual and augmented reality and 3D displays in vehicle technology.
Third is algorithmic experience, which is innovative technology to support consumers’ experiences, such as using big data to monitor the environment and self-driving vehicles.
The fourth trend is digital life, which is the ability to utilise innovative technology to digitise lifestyles and the environment.
Meanwhile, Huawei has announced two new notebooks and a hybrid tablet at CES Asia 2017.
Wan Biao, chief operating officer of Huawei Consumer Business Group, said the MateBook X was a new laptop that comes with a 13-inch display. It is powered by a seventh-generation Intel Core i7 processor and supports the Windows 10 operating system. It also features fingerprint verification and provides resolution of 2,160 by 1,440 pixels per inch.
The MateBook D is new notebook that provides a 15.6-inch display, is slim at only 16.9 millimetres, and weighs 1.9 kilograms.
The MateBook E is a new hybrid tablet that offers a 12-inch display, is powered by seventh-generation Intel Core i5, and comes with a keyboard.