Another CES has come and gone, and it’s only fitting that we take a moment to step back and review the industry’s biggest show in Las Vegas, NV. At 300K+ attendees, CES 2018 was the largest to date and there is no denying the excitement and buzz it generated at the start of this new year. Electric and autonomous vehicles continued to break new ground, smart-connected products were literally everywhere, and of course some unexpected high-tech gadgetry was on display.
Ryne DeBoer, Tony Woodall, and Wally Stegall were all in attendance on behalf of Morey; and Morey products were represented by GHSP, Paccar and EquipmentShare. While the team was successful in strengthening these partner relationships and increasing Morey’s visibility in the market, they also had time to identify a few of the major trends that continue to define the industry as a whole and how these align with Morey’s core competencies and vision. Here are just a few:
The Internet of Things (Iot) is here to stay; and as more devices, vehicles, home appliances and items we use everyday contain embedded electronics and network connectivity, the term “telematics” is being displaced. While the industry’s largest megatrend continues to roll on, Morey will provide gateways, networks, and other system items to keep pace.
Electrification has been happening in all industries regardless of base source, though for Morey this is most relevant in the automotive space. Power density (range or duration) for specific applications will require diesel, hydrogen, CNG, and charged batteries for the power source, and Morey will be able to provide controls such as BLDC and IoT.
Smart cities are urban areas that use different types of electronic data collection and sensors to supply information which is used to manage assets and resources efficiently. As more and more urban centers become “smart connected”, the need for trusted EMS & design partners will only increase. Morey will provide machine IoT and networks which enable this data collection and management.
Augmented & Virtual Reality continue to gain steam, and although they have more obvious connections to gaming they also hold huge implications for workers and equipment operators who work in high-risk areas. Enabling remote work may significantly reduce safety concerns in these types of jobs, but to make this a reality will require IoT and the correct networks.
5G are the proposed next telecommunications standards beyond the current 4G/IMT-Advanced standards. They aim at higher capacity, allowing a higher density of mobile broadband users and supporting more reliable device-to-device and massive machine communications. 5G R&D also aims at lower latency than 4G equipment and lower battery consumption for better implementation of IoT. Though there is currently no standard for 5G deployments, Morey will be closely monitoring the growth of 5G in the months and years to come, as it will hold implications for network connectivity across nearly all of the industries we serve.
Finally, here are our “CES 2018 Top 10” picks, with one eye on tech pertinent to Morey and another on the weird and wonderful.
10. Xenoma e-skin pajamas
Japanese apparel company Xenoma are already at the forefront of “smart clothing”, having debuted their e-skin technology at last year’s CES. This year’s update: Smart pajamas for medical purposes. The shirt and pants set are designed to be worn by hospital patients, and the sensors embedded inside can pick up unique inputs customized to the wearer. Motion detection, vital signs, and more can all be tracked. Even better: The pajamas can be washed over 100 times before beginning to show signs of wear. These are still in prototype phase, but look for them to begin popping up in hospitals and medical centers around 2020.
9. Klashwerks Raven
Connected cars are here to stay, and Ottowa-based company Klashwerks is going “all-in” with their new flagship product, Raven. A small, sleek box that sits inconspicuously on your dashboard, Raven integrates some of the world’s most comprehensive auto solutions into a single unit: Security, telematics, cameras, cloud, and mobile tech are all present. From providing real-time traffic and weather updates to live dashcam video to car diagnostics, Raven promises to bring the future of automotive connectivity to your current daily driver in an all-in-one unit.
8. Anyware Smart Adapter
With a clean and minimal form factor that is easy to install and simple to use, Anyware Solutions’ Smart Adaptor is the kind of tech you could literally “set and forget” if you wanted to. But this little adaptor—which screws into a standard lamp socket—offers unprecedented functionality. Preventive burglar control, baby alarm, advanced lighting control, indoor climate monitoring, remote monitoring…and of course it can all be controlled via a mobile app. Forgot to leave some lights on or off? Wondering if the kids got home from school yet? Concerned about the overall state of your house’s indoor climate? The Smart Adaptor brings peace of mind to homeowners in a small, affordable package.
7. Samsung/Harman Telematics Control Unit (TCU) – 5G
Not only did tech giant Samsung and recently acquired partner Harman team up to deliver an impressively reinvented digital cockpit platform (pictured above), they also announced work on a new telematics solution with industry first automotive-grade 5G-ready connectivity. It consists of a telematics control unit supporting LTE CAT 16 connectivity today—and 5G in the future—leveraging the same hardware design. 5G promises safety-enhancing capabilities that are essential for autonomous transportation, and boosts speeds up to 100X faster than current 4G LTE standards. Harman has also announced that a leading European automaker is already in line to be the first customer for this solution.
6. LG Rollable OLED TV
The future of displays is always on—well—display at CES, and LG certainly turned heads with their 65-inch rollable OLED TV. With the simple press of a button, the display either rises from or sinks into its base box, rolling up like some kind of digital poster. However, we’ve never seen a poster that offers 16:9 or 21:9 aspect ratios and full 4K resolution. While this is still a prototype and there is no price or availability to speak of, there is no doubting its “cool” factor. We want one.
5. Aptiv/Lyft self-driving BMW’s
Connected car tech company Aptiv partnered with Lyft at this year’s show to bring 8 autonomous test cars to Las Vegas. The cars offered fully autonomous rides for attendees using the Lyft app, and access to 20 unique locations across the strip. Riders simply hailed the car from the app, got in, and started their trips using an in-car tablet; the cars did the rest. Despite Las Vegas’ less than ideal traffic, all rides went off without a hitch. Aptiv & Lyft plan to continue testing after CES, potentially with access for the general public.
4. Bell Helicopter Air Taxi Concept
Though not autonomous, the Bell Air Taxi Concept represents proof that the vision for on-demand air travel continues to gain traction. NASA, Airbus, and Boeing were also present with concepts of their own, but Bell’s four-seater cabin stood out. It also included an augmented reality simulator inside so attendees could take virtual trips across cities. As urban centers continue to explore solutions for increases in population and traffic, air taxis are making their case for viability.
3. Toyota e-Palette Concept
At first glance, Toyota’s e-Palette concept appears to be a box with 8 wheels. And—at its core—that’s exactly what it is. But the e-Palette also represents a platform for the future of urban transportation: A fully autonomous electric vehicle which can be filled with seats, screens, shelves and more. The exterior displays can also be programmed to show advertisements and logos. Alongside, Toyota is developing their Mobility Services Platform (MSPF) software for an increasingly likely future where more and more people do not own cars. The possibilities are seemingly endless: Pizza delivery? Check. Ride sharing? Check. Transporting parcels? Check. Though still a concept vehicle, Toyota is already planning to run the e-Palette alongside other mobility solutions at the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo, with North American and European trials hopefully to follow. Though a commercial launch is still far off, Toyota have signaled their intent to be a player in the future of data and smart mobility.
2. Oledcomm MyLiFi Lamp
What is so special about a desk lamp, you might ask? Well, this particular lamp–the MyLiFi from Oledcomm–has a special trick: It provides a secure, wireless, radiowave-free internet connection to nearby devices through the data-transferring power of LEDs. This “Li-Fi” not only promises faster speeds than Wi-Fi, but is unhackable unless a would-be intruder has a direct line of sight to the actual light bulb. Data is transferred between the bulb and a dongle via invisible LEDs, so the lamp also does not need to be on for there to be a connection.
1. NVIDIA Xavier chip
Perhaps no other product at CES 2018 signaled the inevitability of a future filled with autonomous cars as overtly as NVIDIA’s Xavier chip. A purpose-built SoC (system-on-a-chip) for AI car platform, the Xavier has over 9 billion transistors and a custom 8-core CPU. NVIDIA states that it can perform 30 trillion operations per second, all while using only 30 watts of power. This has huge implications for electric vehicles, as it means the chip can crunch vast amounts of data for onboard AI systems without draining large amounts of battery and reducing vehicle range. Two Xavier chips will be utilized in NVIDIA’s recently revealed Pegasus PC computing platform, which will be capable of level 5 autonomy (no pedals, steering wheel, or need for anyone to ever take control).