CES 2024 trends

CES 2024 trends – From artificial intelligence built into gadgets to the rise of Spatial Computing.

About 130,000 people visited the CES electronics show in Las Vegas this year. (Photo: Maxime Johnson)

TECHNO SANS ANGLES MORTS breaks down current technologies, meets the minds behind these innovations and explores the digital tools offered to Quebec businesses. This section allows you to understand today’s trends to be prepared for tomorrow’s.

TECHNO WITHOUT DEAD SPOTS. From artificial intelligence built into gadgets to the rise of spatial computing, here are the notable trends from last week’s CES electronics trade show in Las Vegas.

Ubiquitous AI

Whether in the presentations of tech giants or the prototypes of tech startups, artificial intelligence (AI) was undoubtedly the theme of the year at CES 2024 (formerly known as the Consumer Electronics Show).

AI has been used in all sorts of ways. I saw a connected cat flap on site that can detect if a cat is trying to bring home a dead bird, a toilet equipped with the Alexa personal assistant, and binoculars capable of recognizing 9,000 species of birds.

Not surprisingly, several companies have also introduced products integrating the ChatGPT conversational agent.

For example, the voice assistant in future cars from Volkswagen will now be able to access ChatGPT when a question is too complex or unrelated to the car itself.

A request like “turn on the air conditioner” will still be processed locally as it was before, but if you ask for a risotto recipe on your way to the grocery store, an OpenAI conversational agent will respond instead. Reply.

CES was also an opportunity for laptop makers to unveil the first generation of AI PCs, which I introduced here this fall.

In search of new materials

The Lenovo ThinkPad Z13 has a canvas shell. (Photo: Maxime Johnson)

Several manufacturers announced at CES the arrival of new materials for their electronic devices, generally with the aim of improving their environmental performance.

The Lenovo ThinkPad Z13 shell, for example, is made from laundry waste. “We have no choice but to develop new materials. Currently, for example, there would not be enough recycled aluminum on the market for all the new computers produced. It is therefore important to explore other avenues,” said Brent Lamm, first global product manager for Lenovo ThinkPad.

Other innovations that stood out include SlimTech, an insulating material developed by Whirpool to produce refrigerators whose walls will be up to 66% thinner, increasing their capacity by 25%. At the end of its useful life, it can also be easily removed from the refrigerator and reused.

“SlimTech was developed to increase the energy efficiency of our products, but ultimately has many other benefits,” explains Chad Parks, Communications Manager at Whirpool.

Cooking in the spotlight

No need to go outside and smoke a ham: GE Profile is the first smart indoor smoker on the market. (Photo: Maxime Johnson)

Smart charcoal grills, an indoor smokehouse, a grill with artificial intelligence, a “microwave oven” that combines a microwave oven and a deep fryer, a new cooking process using an electric field: kitchen appliances were everywhere at CES this year. Manufacturers want to reinvent not only how you cook, but also where you can do it.

“Various places like California ban outdoor cooking. That’s one of the reasons we created the electric grill,” explains Tom Penner, CEO of Current Backyard, which unveiled its first two products at CES 2024, an electric plancha and an electric grill capable of reaching temperatures of 700 degrees. Fahrenheit.

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