5 Rising Tech Trends at CES

Written by Kristi Salmon on February 1, 2018.

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The Consumer Electronics Show, CES, is the world's gathering place for all those who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. It has served as the proving ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies for 50 years — the global stage where next-generation innovations are introduced to the marketplace.  Held in Las Vegas, this is where every sort of gadget maker unveils the newest giant TVs, wearable electronics and digitally connected cars. But the goal of those touring the floor is to check out the latest technology and figure out how these new gadgets and devices will help them reach consumers.

In this article from the Ames Tribune in Iowa, we look at 5 of the rising trends showcased at this year's show this past January.  Among them are virtual reality/augmented reality, smart cities, cryptocurrency, artificial intelligence and smart speaker applications.

From a business standpoint, how could each technology push the envelope on innovation? Technology can dictate how fast a business operates. The importance behind the notion of where they operate is erased, affording a business with the agility to have zero boundaries in this connected economy of ours. But the most critical ingredient to unleashing the power and reach of most of these technologies is broadband.  The power to compete drives a business’ sustainability.  Technology and broadband go hand in hand to keep businesses connected on every level.

We see our Mediacom Business customers using some of these fascinating technologies today. Virtual reality is making a comeback from the early 90s in helping students in Davenport, IA explore new worlds through innovative science curriculum.  Manufacturing companies can simulate training exercises to help fix machinery. Use cases go far beyond just meetings with remote partners and employees.

In addition, cryptocurrency is causing frenzy within financial institutions to start their own blockchain technology as to not get left behind in the rise of bitcoin. Artificial intelligence and smart cities could be instrumental for municipalities to find ways to further economic development and better implement emergency systems and the like. Mediacom continually invests in the communities we serve to provide access to the latest broadband technology that can carry the use of these bandwidth-intensive applications.  The same level of service one would come to expect in the largest metropolitan areas.