CES turned 50 in Las Vegas, Jan. 5 to 8, showcasing the ever-evolving connected world of technology built on "50 Years of Whoa." Focusing on the future of technology, CES® 2017 brought together leaders involved in developing technology, creating content and making policy.
The record-breaking event attracted more than 3,800 exhibiting companies covering more than 2.6 million square feet of exhibit space. The Eureka Park Marketplace housed more than 600 startups this year alone. Attendee totals rang in at more than 175,000, 55,000 of whom traveled from outside the U.S. "CES 2017 shifted to a new level as large and small companies from around the globe gathered to reveal solutions for many of our world's most challenging problems," said Gary Shapiro, CTA's president and CEO. "Our industry is bettering the world through connectivity and innovation, touching literally every facet of our lives."
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CTA President and CEO Gary Shapiro kicked off Day One of CES, saying that technology is the "engine of the economy." Shapiro also said, "Technology is not political by nature, but it is our job at CTA as a trade association to work with any presidential administration, including the Trump administration, and the new Congress to protect and encourage innovation, because innovators create jobs, they grow the economy and they advance our lives."
During the opening keynote address, Carnival Corp. CEO Arnold Donald discussed how the travel and hospitality industry is using artificial intelligence and wearables to improve personalized experiences for guests. The company unveiled its One Cruise Experience Access Network, which provides customers with a wearable medallion that acts as a virtual concierge.
Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank announced at CES that the company plans to release its own line of wearable tech. Plank discussed the company's "Future Girl" line, which is based on clothing that measures biometric data.
Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang demonstrated an autonomous vehicle equipped with its Xavier supercomputer, which is based on an automotive-grade, 512-core Volta graphics processing unit and artificial intelligence platform, in his keynote address at CES 2017. He also detailed development of the Nvidia Drive PX2 AI car computer and said the chip company is working with Audi, Bosch and ZF to implement the AI technology in self-driving cars.
The forthcoming 5G wireless communications technology will spur up to 22 million jobs by 2035 and be behind up to $12 trillion in goods and services, Qualcomm predicted during a keynote at CES 2017. "People truly believe 5G will bring new opportunity, products and services that have yet to be invented, make education more accessible [and] increase productivity," said Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf.
Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn gave a keynote address at CES 2017 in Las Vegas that went into detail about Nissan's goal to integrate Microsoft's connective technology into its vehicles. The connected vehicles will use Microsoft programs such as Office 365, Cortana, Power BI and Skype for Business. Nissan intends to bring to market its Seamless Autonomous Mobility system as well.
CTA said it will provide more than $1 million in funding for five programs: the U.S. Tech Vets Program, job fairs, technical training, a job creation contest and opening additional CTA offices. Gary Shapiro, CTA president and CEO, said, "These five voluntary investments are a start that we hope other industries emulate."
The need for data collection in internet of things devices has led to an increased need for security, Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman Edith Ramirez said at CES. "The industry needs to be thinking about privacy and data security," Ramirez said. "It needs to be a part of a company's culture."
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CTA Chief Economist Shawn DuBravac said that the smart home market is worth $3.5 billion a year, with Amazon's Alexa paving the way for consumer homes to become more similar to the iconic 1960s cartoon "The Jetsons." "Costs have come down; deployment has increased; and so now, the ability to infuse A.I. into small things at a relatively low cost is present," he said.
Tim Baxter, president of Samsung Electronics America, said the company has sold 5 million Gear VR virtual reality headsets for wireless devices. He also discussed the company's troubles with the Galaxy Note7, and said, "Despite our setbacks we have not, nor will we, stop innovating."
The development of internet of things devices and new technology is expected to drive record retail spending by consumers on tech this year to $292 billion, CTA noted in its "U.S. Consumer Technology Sales and Forecasts" report. CTA President and CEO Gary Shapiro said, "Our forecast reinforces our belief that connectivity is going to be one of the driving trends of our time."
Engadget editors released its list of winning technologies for the "Best of CES" awards to 17 companies, including the Best of the Best Award to the LG OLED W-Series TV. The Best of CES Program, the official award of the show presented in partnership with CTA, was started more than 10 years ago.