On January 8th, US time, the global electronics industry benchmarking event - 2019 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) opened in Las Vegas. At the exhibition, chip manufacturers, home appliance companies and robot manufacturers have demonstrated AI technology. The AI technology represented by voice interaction and machine vision is still the main direction of the technology industry.
More than 4,500 technology companies from all over the world participated in the exhibition. Among them, there are about 1,210 exhibitors in China, and the number of exhibitors is second only to the United States. Skyworth, Haier, TCL, Dajiang and other enterprises from China have set up a large exhibition hall in a conspicuous position, and people are moving.
E-commerce giants Alibaba, JD.com and Suning also set up booths to showcase smart retail and AI technology solutions. In addition, the innovative technologies brought by the startups Obi-Zhong Guang, BrainCo, etc. are eye-catching.
Huawei also appeared at CES. During the last year's exhibition, it cooperated with AT&T because of the intervention of the relevant US departments. Huawei is very low-key this time. Only some new terminal products have been displayed in the pavilion, but the visitors are still bustling.
The exhibition is also revealing new technological development trends. The reporter found that TV companies have released 8K TVs in a centralized manner, indicating that they will become the next competitive point in the industry; chip manufacturers, home appliance companies and robot manufacturers have demonstrated AI technology, voice interaction and machine vision. AI technology is still the main direction of the technology industry.
TV manufacturers push 8K
At this year's CES show, the TV manufacturers' exhibition halls were the most amazingly arranged. During the period when the TV industry was in a low tide, the industry also took great efforts to display brand and technological innovation.
TV is also accelerating product iteration like a prosperous mobile phone. When 4K TV is still being promoted, 8K has become a new favorite. On the first day of CES2019, the reporter saw on the scene that Samsung, Sony and domestic Skyworth, TCL, Hisense, Changhong and Konka showed the 8K TV logo in the most conspicuous position. Although the various technical routes are different, 8K TV is undoubtedly the focus of the next competition.
Skyworth proposed a new strategy for overseas markets this year, trying to establish a new brand image with high-end TV. At this exhibition, 88-inch 8K OLED TV was displayed. At the same time, it indicated that 8K content has been arranged, and offline buffering function can be implemented to ensure viewing. Experience.
TCL released the first QLED 8K TV at CES. In addition, TCL officially announced that it has joined the 8K TV Association as a founding member, and said that through the exclusive development of 2K to 8K, 4K to 8K algorithm to solve the content itself Quality issues, let users experience 8K quality.
Sony also released its flagship TV new 8K HDR LCD TV Z9G and 4K HDR OLED TV A9G during CES. Launched a 98-inch 8K TV, said to be equipped with the latest X1 Ultimate image processor, with algorithms developed for 8K images. Samsung also released a 98-inch 8K quantum dot TV, and announced that it will cooperate with Apple iTunes to access iTunes audio and video content on TV.
Liu Buchen, an expert in the home appliance industry, said: "This year, color TV companies have launched a total of 8K, and they have launched 8K TVs. It is expected that 8K will accelerate significantly in 2019, and products will appear more and more in public view, and prices will drop sharply. It is not appropriate to expect too much from 8K. The current industrial chain is not complete and immature, the production capacity is low, the film source is small, and the TV station has not yet opened the 8K channel. These are still real obstacles."
AI technology is gradually deepening
In the direction of technological innovation representing the future, VR and AR have shined at CES, but this year, the highly sought after VR companies in the United States, Japan, and China are hard to trace. The technology giants are investing in artificial intelligence technology in the future. .
Intel announced at CES that it will work with Facebook to complete the final development of the new AI chip, the Nirvana neural network inference processor, in the second half of this year, so that more companies can use artificial intelligence technology more cheaply. At the same time, Intel and Alibaba announced cooperation, based on Intel hardware products and Alibaba Cloud to develop artificial intelligence development cooperation. The two companies said they will use artificial intelligence technology to perform three-dimensional tracking of athletes during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Samsung and Sony showcased the latest developments in the field of robotics. Samsung first publicly appeared Bot Care, an artificial intelligence assistant who can help consumers manage their daily healthy lives. Sony exhibited the companion robot, the robot dog "Aibo".
Home appliance companies such as Skyworth and Hisense have launched smart TVs with voice interactive functions and smart home solutions, which can control all home products through voice interaction with TV.
A-share voice recognition leading company Keda Xunfei displayed its latest intelligent products, including Xunfei Translator 2.0, Xunfei Hearing Series, Alpha Egg Family, Intelligent Hardware Magic Flying Series, iFLYOS and other products and systems.
Baidu demonstrated new technologies in the field of autonomous driving at CES, released the world's first intelligent driving commercialization solution, and launched the Apollo 3.5 version. At the same time, it announced that it will cooperate with Lenovo. In the first quarter of 2019, the two parties will launch a new Lenovo smart tablet series equipped with Baidu artificial intelligence assistant.
Qualcomm and Samsung showcase 5G technology
As one of the hottest technologies, 5G is also the main point of communication companies' muscles. However, Huawei's cold attitude towards CES and the absence of ZTE, the 5G industry lacks stars. Only Qualcomm and Samsung have 5G technology.
Qualcomm showed on-site 5G test prototypes from customers such as OPPO, vivo and Xiaomi. Qualcomm said during CES that this year will be the year of 5G mobile phone production, and there will be more than 30 mobile devices using Qualcomm 5G chip solutions.
At the booth, Samsung displayed base station network equipment such as 5G CPE. At the same time, Samsung also said that it will launch 5G smart phones in the first half of 2019.
At the CES show, "black horse"-type startups have always received much attention. At CES, two startups showcased technologies for the future.
3D sensing technology company Obi Zhongguang exhibited 3D sensing products in cooperation with Bosch, Sony, Hewlett-Packard and other companies. Its interactive device "Kitchen Assistant PAI" developed by Bosch, through the 3D sensing technology embedded in Obisoft, can transform the desktop into a smart screen and use gesture interaction.
Chen Xu, co-founder of Obi Zhongguang, told the Securities Times·e company reporter that the 3D structured light perception of distance and three-dimensional shape shows that the operation accuracy within the distance reaches millimeter. This technology can be extended to more scenarios in the future.
In addition, the site Obi Zhongguang demonstrated a face recognition payment system in cooperation with Ant Financial, which has sold more than 100,000 units in China.
BrainCo, another startup company from Shenzhen that specializes in brain-computer interface technology, was selected for this year's CES Hall of Fame, which showcases a variety of products based on brain-computer interface technology. One of the smart fake hands BrainRobotics for the disabled is very popular. The user can directly control the artificial hand through the muscle nerve signal to make various actions, and can realize daily operations such as shaking hands and grasping cups.