5G mobile and robots against loneliness

The world’s largest electronics show in Las Vegas shows the latest innovations in the industry, such as 8K resolution televisions and the arrival of 5G

The CES (Consumer Electronics Show) has been around since 1967, and here inventions like the VHS video recorder, CD, high-definition TV, Blu-Ray and 3D printers have been announced here.

There were no big announcements, but trends such as the expected arrival of 5G, the omnipresence of 8K-definition televisions, and artificial intelligence designed to connect all the devices in our lives, including cars and washing machines, have been confirmed.

And there was also the only technology company that affords the luxury of being away every year, Apple, as Samsung and LG have announced arrangements for apple company software to be present on their TVs, a novelty more relevant than seems, as it may be a sign that weak iPhone sales would be forcing Apple to revise its traditional privacy policy.

These are the main novelties of CES 2019:

The arrival of 5G

CES (which EL PAÍS visited at the invitation of Samsung) is not a telephone show, so most manufacturers keep their ads in this sector for the MWC event, which takes place within a month and a half in Barcelona.

However, the new 5G technology was present in all presentations. From transportation to virtual reality to digital health to large-scale manufacturing, 5G promises to change everything: “We still can not know how much it will change,” says John Penney, vice president of 20th Century Fox.

The 5G promises 100 times faster than the 4G, with less power consumption. This, in the words of John Smee, vice president of Qualcomm, will mean a “revolution” in issues such as surgical surgeries or virtual and augmented reality.


Brian Modoff, another vice president of Qualcomm, was used by Ben Arnold, CTA’s chief innovation officer (CTA) to present a new generation of intelligence-connected home appliances artificial.

From the built-in cameras in the Bosch refrigerators to the smart wizards from Amazon and Google, everything is connected. The smart home appliances market will grow 17% this year in the US, to $ 4.6 billion, according to CTA.

The new TVs

The fastest growing business this year in the US is by far the content streamed through platforms like Netflix and HBO to $ 26 billion (25% more than in 2018). Screen illumination, resolution and, of course, access to content are the keys to new TVs, explains José Ignacio Monge, marketing director of Samsung’s Consumer Electronics division in Spain.

The company, the world’s largest television maker, presented at CES a new smart-screen technology called MicroLED, which contains millions of microscopic chips that emit their own light, thus producing millions of bright colors on the screen, “in a revolution similar to plasma , LCD and LED in their moments, “according to Monge.

Contents in 8K

Japanese broadcaster NHK has already announced that it will broadcast the Tokyo-2020 Olympic Games in 8K, and most film and series producers are already running that resolution.

This year will also be, according to Monge, when we will begin to use the voice to send in the television, not only so that it changes of channel, but also that makes decisions for us (“what is the next series that recommends to me?”).

The Future of Transportation

CES a few years ago became a big fair for the connected car. In this edition, 11 automakers presented products, most notably the Harley-Davidson electric bike and the Bell Helicopter aerial taxi.

Most companies have introduced technologies that improve vehicle safety and connectivity, and GM, Ford and Daimler vehicles will hit the streets of some US cities this year.

Robots for everything

The most photographed was probably Lovot, who, according to its maker, the Japanese company Groove X, will serve to eradicate loneliness: it does nothing useful except be cute.

Samsung introduced its own battery of robots for the first time, designed to care for health and to help the home and in shops and restaurants.

Virtual and augmented reality

While waiting for 5G to make many of the industry’s big product promises (such as Microsoft’s Hololens mixed-media glasses and Facebook’s Oculus) come true, some interesting things have already been seen, such as glasses sun with virtual reality of the Chinese company Nreal Light, which weigh only 85 grams.


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