Exciting Innovations at CES 2020
Earlier this month, we were among the 175,000+ industry professionals who attended CES 2020 in Las Vegas. This was the second year yet2 sent team members to the conference, which markets itself as “The Global Stage for Innovation.” Our mission was twofold: to confirm trends we are seeing and hearing in the global market and to discover new companies and technologies that could be applicable to some of our tech scouting projects.
Trends at CES
- More country-specific pavilions and booths, mostly from Europe and Asia, with very few from Latin America. Some of these included Swisstech, Wallonia Export-Investment Agency, The Government of Canada, Quebec Ministry of Economy and Innovation, The Information Technology Industry Development Agency of Egypt, Business France – La French Tech, Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks Corporation, Holland Tech Square, and more.
- Large companies showcasing their collaborations with startups. Two in particular, jumped out at us:
- Parallel Reality from Delta Airlines & MisappliedSciences demonstrated personalized content tailored to individuals’ itineraries, simultaneously, on a single screen; and
- The Wheelie, a collaboration between Intel & HOOBOX ONE, is a wheelchair that uses facial recognition to capture, process, and translate facial expressions into real-time wheelchair commands.
- At home point-of-care and personalization in healthcare (see our blog post on the Future of Health and Nutrition, which discusses personalization). We really liked:
- Companies caring about privacy. Google, Amazon, and a startup called Winston were all talking about privacy options:
- “Hey Google, delete everything I said to you this week.”
- “Hey Google, are you saving my audio data?”
- Amazon users can opt out of allowing law enforcement officials to access the video feed from their system’s camera.
- Winston is a hardware filter that users install between their router and modem to make any sort of tracking or surveillance difficult-to-impossible.
yet2’s Favorite Startups at CES 2020
We investigated many startups, but selected a few as our favorites from CES 2020. These are completely subjective, based on our current and past active projects, personal interests, and the companies’ CVPs.
- BeFC – Eco-friendly, paper-based bioenzymatic fuel cells that are designed to be disposable.
- Awarables – Clinical-grade biometric sensing and patented analytics for personalized sleep recommendations.
- Enertia Micro – Ultra-high precision micro gyroscope technology that was born from over 20 years of research and development at the University of Michigan.
- Nanolog Audio – Uses quantum tunneling carbon to produce richer harmonics than silicon-based technology. It can also be applicable for photosensors and charge storage.
- Foldscope Instruments – Has a paper microscope that costs less than $1 USD to make.
Fun Stuff from CES 2020
Part of attending CES is getting to see cool, new technologies. Here’s video of Omron’s Forpheus ping-pong robot and Sublue’s double propeller underwater scooter, Samsung’s Bot Chef, and some of the other entertaining technologies around CES.
It was also very interesting to see how many options there are on the market for smart home devices. Pretty much everything on your daily routine can now be automated and activated without the need to touch the device. Some smart home kitchen and bathroom examples include a voice automated shower that knows at what temperature you like the water and that can play your favorite songs, a touchless toilet or faucet, and the list goes on.
Interested in our thoughts on what we saw at CES 2020? Drop us an email and we can chat!
This post was co-authored by Paula Quintana and Megan Waldock.
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