Scenes From CES Asia 2018
CES Asia wrapped up this week at the Shanghai New International Exhibition Centre (SNIEC) and Kerry Hotel in China.
The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) provided preliminary attendance figures for the three-day show, which saw a footprint increase of 24 percent vs. 2017. According to the group, the event included over 46,000 attendees (up 20 percent), with 1,400-plus members of the global media. More than 500 companies exhibited.
"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, CTA president/CEO. “It's incredible to see technology refining and reinventing itself at such a fast pace. Just six months ago we were at CES with life-altering tech all around us. This week, I saw that technology refined, enhanced and built upon in many ways, especially with AI and 5G integration and the creative ways those technologies are being imagined and implemented."
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Miffy Chen, head of Alibaba AI Labs, used her keynote to announce the first commercial Bluetooth mesh chip at $1/chip. She also introduced the TMall Genie AI Union intelligent personal assistant.
Lenovo’s keynote, meanwhile, focused on the future of mobility and 5G connectivity. Ablikim Ablimit, strategy and business development VP, China Geo, highlighted the company’s “Smart Lenovo, Serve China” vision, as well as its four major business layouts of corporate transformation. Dr. Chang Cheng, VP of the Lenovo Group and head of the Lenovo China mobile business unit, discussed smartphone app breakthroughs, and how such emerging technologies as AI and blockchain will grow the smartphone industry.
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The keynote series concluded with China’s Powerful Startup Economy panel where executives from Horizon Robotics, Volcanics Venture, Baidu Capital and Touch Pal discussed the rapidly growing entrepreneurship scene in China and how it compares to other innovation hotbeds around the world.
A full slate of conferences focused on smart mobility, AR/VR and robotics. Deloitte’s Simon Dixon led a discussion around the implementation of smart mobility in urban transportation, with a focus on how cyber systems could facilitate complete integration.
CES Asia is owned and produced by International CES (Shanghai) Exhibition Co. Ltd. and co-produced by Shanghai Intex. It will return to Shanghai June 11-13, 2019.