Autonomous cars, metaverse, connected health… The essentials of CES in Las Vegas

** Connected health, Metaverse, autonomous cars, what does the Las Vegas International Technology Show have in store for us in its 2023 edition?
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The international technology trade show, CES, returns to Las Vegas this Thursday after a virtual edition in 2021 and a 2022 release disrupted by the Omicron variant. The organizers hope to set new records this year. Nearly 100,000 visitors are expected over the three-day convention. A goal that remains modest compared to the last pre-pandemic edition of 2020. That year, more than 170,000 enthusiasts of new technologies roamed the stands.

Nearly 3,000 exhibitors are expected to be present this year. On the program, like the inevitable giants Amazonia and Half (formerly Facebook) but also many car manufacturers. An entire exhibition hall is dedicated to almost 300 exhibitors from the automotive world.

Driverless cars, a technology almost ready

Many people describe CES as an essential alternative to the Paris Motor Show. A logical development for vehicles increasingly loaded with technology.

This year, a special place has been reserved for autonomous vehicles. Distributed on the fringes in some cities such as San Francisco, Phoenix (Arizona) or even Las Vegas, driverless cars aim to become widespread in the coming years. Among the big names, we find Waymothe self-driving transport service of Alphabet, the main group of Google, Cruisethat of General Motors e Reason a group backed by South Korea’s Hyundai.

In 2019, an experiment with autonomous cars was launched in France, on the university campus of the Saclay plateau, in the Paris region. Between 2018 and 2019, teachers, students and residents were able to test Renault’s driverless electric cars, the Zoe CAB. But Renault-Nissan will be among the big absentees from the Las Vegas show this year.

For Anshel Sag, an analyst at technology consultancy Moor Insights and Strategy, technologies are still a long way off: “This will be one of the main themes of the show. But I think if you look at 2022, a lot of the industry has really realized that AI technologies aren’t mature enough yet to allow vehicles to be fully autonomous, and some companies like Tesla really won’t be able to do that for a while. .

Tesla, Elon Musk’s electric car brand, has been repeatedly criticized for the risks associated with its autonomous driving mode.

The metaverse, a dream still held despite Meta’s failures

The great protagonist of the 2021 edition of CES, the Metaverse, this 3D virtual reality on which Internet users from all over the world could meet to work, exchange and innovate, has suffered several failures during the year 2022.

The most mobilized company in the metaverse, Meta, has lost hundreds of billions of dollars on the stock market. More than 11,000 people have been fired. This, while Mark Zuckerberg’s company continues to spend 20% of its budget on research and development in the virtual universe.

However, the Las Vegas fair gives ample exhibition space to the “Metaverse” and its support: the “web 3”.

Connected health at the center of concerns

Pillows to improve sleep, toilets to analyze urine at home, holograms to help surgeons: many innovations presented this Tuesday in preview at CES, had the purpose of taking care of our body.

Legacy, among other things, of more than two years of pandemic, health should be a main theme of the event according to technology analyst Avi Greengart: “We should see really cool health gadgets that monitor or improve our well-being“.

Among the important news of the 2022 edition in terms of health, the Bongiovi company had presented a remote stethoscope. An inexpensive 3D printed device, which would improve the quality of teleconsultations in medical deserts. Another innovation, the Omron Healthcare company presented a portable blood pressure measuring device capable of performing electrocardiograms.

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