I wanted to take a few moments to look back at CES 2023, which just ended this past weekend in Las Vegas. I always enjoy attending CES, specifically because it’s the Consumer Electronics Show, and my entire career has been focused on connecting consumers with brands in a more human, enjoyable, and meaningful way.
CES is always fun and entertaining, and attendees are often attracted to novel, showy products or displays that don’t really have real-world applications.
One trend that stood out to me this year was much more subtle – sensors.
Trending Towards Sensors
Most years at CES, clear trends emerge. A few years ago, robots were going to replace humans, to the point that one of the most popular booths included a demonstration of robots playing ping pong. Now, ping pong has been replaced by pickleball – and the ping-pong-playing robots have suffered the same fate.
Robotic technology is still around, of course, though today it’s more active behind the scenes – supporting every step of supply chain, fulfillment, and delivery – while the human touch takes center stage.
Last year, AI was expected to take over, and many displays were encouraging visitors to have (often stilted) conversations with avatars. There was less of that this year, though I did try to have a conversation with an AI kiosk that told me what questions I was allowed to ask. Didn’t go so well.
One trend that stood out to me this year was much more subtle – sensors. Several booths at CES were displaying sensor-based systems designed to help us manage our lives, our communications, our interactions – and our time.
I was very pleased to see two of the world’s largest electronics companies “encouraging calm.”
Scenes from CES 2023
I was very pleased to see two of the world’s largest electronics companies bucking that trend. Samsung’s slogan at CES this year was “Bringing Calm to Our Connected World.” Similarly, LG’s MoodUP technology, including a color-changing refrigerator that plays themed music tracks, is focused on encouraging calm.
Technology – With Us in Control
So what excites me about what I saw at CES this year isn’t any particular new technology or gizmo. What excites me is that we as leaders and manufacturers are beginning to see the impact that all the noise from technology is having on our lives as human beings. And we’re looking for answers.