Unless you’ve spent your life hiding in a cabin in the woods, foraging for food and whittling your own furniture (in which case, how are you even reading this?) you’ve either read about, seen or even visited the infamous Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Billed as “The Most Influential Tech Event in the World”, it’s a place where some world-changing technologies have made their debuts and where you’ll find solutions to things that you didn’t even realise were a problem.
It's something of an institution and a rite of passage for tech companies, who also bring concepts and works in progress to the show to get an honest appraisal from the media, peers and the tens of thousands of tech-savvy attendees who travel from all over the world. In the run up to each CES, there’s a mass of speculation around what the ‘killer tech’ will be that year, and there are plenty of brands that generate genuine excitement. However, this year much of the pre-show talk is around CES’s chosen theme: ‘Human Security for All’, which supports the work of the United Nations and hopes to highlight “how technology helps people to tackle the world’s most pressing problems”. Life enhancing products will be highlighted and keynotes will cover the kinds of innovations that make a substantial impact, improving the lived experiences of people around the world.
The time feels right for such a statement in the realms of consumer technology. Because if you feel like we’re on the edge of some incredible and global movements, then you’d be right. Tech is addressing some important real-world issues and there are four areas that are likely to be right at the front and centre of CES in January 2023.
Digital healthcare & wellness
Of course, healthcare is still firmly on the agenda and learnings from the pandemic are having a here and now impact on the way that technology and healthcare intersect. For example, Covid 19 taught us that we’re ok with home testing, and this is something that is likely to inform new approaches to diagnostics which can be used in tandem with advances in virtual healthcare solutions and wearables. 2023 will no doubt bring further innovations that may use technology to address issues of global health inequality. And as our webinar predicted at the beginning of 2022, the use of AI and big data is going to be really powerful tool in field of preventative care.