With its 2.75 million square meters of exhibition space, 11 seats and 24 product categories, the 52nd edition of CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas, was held at the beginning of January and confirmed again to be the biggest consumer technology trade show, attracting 180,000 people from 155 different countries. Let's review some of the most innovative concepts which most fascinated participants.
Many innovations were displayed in the field of automation which, combined with artificial intelligence, will transform customer experience in different sectors, with drones and robots becoming current trends. Some examples include the Rover caddie, which automatically follows golfers around the golf course, the beer machine by LG Electronics based on a system of capsules that contain the ingredients to produce it, or even the intelligent display which, in collaboration with the Google virtual assistant, offers simultaneous interpreting to make up for language barriers at concierge desks in hotels.
As always, CES 2019 was also an important showcase for start-ups wishing to come in touch with investors and customers. The thousands of companies that exhibited their products in the Eureka Park area included approximately 50 Italian start-ups which had the opportunity to present their innovative products and services in a national pavilion.
These innovative products and services ranged from Food to Health & Wellness, from intelligent transport systems to robotics, digital services, smart cities and smart homes. The Italian entrepreneurial spirit arrived in Las Vegas thanks to the cooperation between TILT, a start-up generator and accelerator arising from Teorema Engineering and Area Science Park in Trieste, and ICE, the Italian Trade Agency, which selected the start-ups for the show through a call for tenders.
Among these, no less than five Italian companies were awarded the "CES Innovation Awards 2019" by the CES jury. The fields of application? The most diverse: from the mobile payment platforms offered by the IoT division of Sitael from Bari within the Angel group, to healthcare with the advanced guard produced by Optima Milliter which bandages an injured leg and guides the patient’s recovery, not to forget artificial intelligence applied to the Mookkie bowl which recognizes pets and opens the doggie treat compartment, and the bracelet for motorcyclists offered by Woolf Srl from Verona, which warns them of problems along the road. Last but not least, the historic BTicino brand, active in electrical plants and domotics, was rewarded for its facility in Erba, the first plant that is fully integrated with Alexa for the control of all domotic household devices.