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CES Asia: Innovation at the Speed of 5G

The rapid pace of global innovation was on display at CES Asia® 2018 during the show's three day event. Held in Shanghai, China from June 13-15, the next stage of technology advancements were showcased across vehicle tech, robotics, artificial intelligence (AI), virtual and augmented reality and digital health. The event, 24 percent larger than last year in terms of footprint, cemented itself as the place to fully experience how the pace of technology is accelerating globally.

"5G and AI are igniting growth across the entire tech ecosystem changing the way we interact with technology and the world around us," said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, CTA. "It's incredible to see technology refining and reinventing itself at such a fast pace.”

With 43,000 trade attendees and total attendance of more than 46,000, including 1,400+ members of the global media, up 20 percent over 2017 total attendance, CES Asia 2018 broke records. More than 500 companies showcased tech breakthroughs across 50,000 gross square meters of exhibit space; a 24 percent increase over 2017 and 2.5 times larger than the inaugural 2015 event.

CES Asia highlighted more than 100 Startups from 13 countries and regions

Conference programming highlighted technology's role in improving lives, creating jobs and furthering economic growth on a global scale. Industry visionaries took to the CES Asia keynote stage to discuss the future of innovation, including leaders from Alibaba A.I. Labs, BYTON, Hisense, Huawei, Lenovo, as well as China's Powerful Startup Economy's panel that featured leaders from Baidu Capital, Horizon Robotics, TouchPal and Volcanics Venture.

The program featured sessions with key executives from global brands including 360 Smart, Aptiv, Deloitte, Intel China, Leapmotor, Lenovo, Suning and TCL. Sessions covered smart mobility, AI, robotics, new retail, smart cities and autonomous vehicles. Leaders from Qualcomm Technologies Inc. and ZOL discussed new services and devices coming to market with 5G creating new consumer benefits and opportunities.

Exhibitors launched products and announced partnerships at the show including:
  • Baidu Intelligent Vehicle and BMW China announced a cooperation of V2H (Vehicles to Home)
  • BYTON launched its second concept car, the self-driving Byton K-Byte
  • Cadillac presented the Super Cruise, the first hands-free driving system for the highway
  • Hanergy released the thin-film solar charging pack and the thin-film solar backpack
  • Honda announced the Honda Xcelerator project, which aims to cooperate with global enterprises
  • Hohem released its new stabilizers, iSteady Pro and iSteady Mobile
  • Kia’s Boundless for all vision, aims to reinforce its concept of “Mobility-ACE”
  • Leapmotor Technology is partnering with Amap to support Leapmotor in hardware, software and big data; and Teld and Leapmotor will jointly build 80 million charging stations in China
  • Denmark’s Libratone announced ZIPP 2 smart wireless audio
  • Mercedes-Benz showed MBUX, its user experience system based on AI technology and high-resolution Digital Light system. The smart vision EQ fortwo and the Concept EQ, showcased the intelligent, electric mobility concept
  • Mitsubishi highlighted innovative offerings, including EMIRAI4, Electrification and xAuto
  • Morpx's MoonBot is a new AI educational robot kit developed with vision recognition technology
  • PowerVision released its underwater robot Power Dolphin
  • SENSEPLAY FPV Car Series took the top slot in Last Gadget Standing, presented by Living in Digital Times
  • Shadow Creator launched three products: Action One, Shadow VR and New Air 2
  • Suning launched Magic Mirror and Biu Speaker

Anthony Maestri