Autonomous cars, the metaverse, connected health… the basics of the CES show in Las Vegas

**Connected health, the Metaverse, autonomous cars, what awaits us at the 2023 edition of the Las Vegas International Technology Show?

The international technology trade show, CES, returns this Thursday in Las Vegas after a virtual edition in 2021 and a 2022 version marred by the Omicron variant. Organizers hope to achieve new records this year. They expect about 100,000 visitors over the three days of the convention. A goal that remains modest compared to the last pre-pandemic edition in 2020. That year, more than 170,000 new technology enthusiasts wandered through the booths.

This year, about 3,000 participants should participate in the exhibition. The inevitable giants in the program like it Amazon and Meta (formerly Facebook) as well as many car manufacturers. The entire exhibition hall is dedicated to about 300 exhibitors from the automotive world.

Driverless cars are almost a ready-made technology

Many people describe CES as a major alternative to the Paris Motor Show. A logical development for cars increasingly loaded with technology.

This year, a special place is reserved for autonomous cars. Placed on the outskirts of several cities such as San Francisco, Phoenix (Arizona) or even Las Vegas, self-driving cars aim to become widespread in the coming years. Among the big names we find WaymoGoogle parent Alphabet’s self-driving transportation service, CruiseGeneral Motors and Moving A group backed by South Korea’s Hyundai.

In 2019, in France, an experiment with autonomous cars was launched at a university campus on the Saclay plateau in the Paris region. Between 2018 and 2019, teachers, students and residents can test drive Renault’s self-driving electric cars, the Zoe CAB. But Renault-Nissan will be among those absent from the Las Vegas show this year.

For Anshel Sag, an analyst at technology consultancy Moor Insights and Strategy, the technologies are still a long way off: “This will be the main theme of the show. But I think if you look at 2022, a lot of the industry has really realized that AI technologies are not mature enough to allow vehicles to be fully autonomous, and that some companies like Tesla won’t be able to do that for a while. to work.

Tesla, Elon Musk’s electric car brand, has been repeatedly criticized for the risks associated with autonomous driving mode.

The Metaverse is a dream that still lives on despite the failures of the Meta

The big star of the 2021 edition of CES, Metaverse, the 3D virtual reality where internet users from all over the world can meet to work, exchange and innovate, has suffered a series of setbacks throughout 2022.

Meta, the most mobilized company in the Metaverse, lost hundreds of billions of dollars in the stock market. More than 11 thousand people were fired. And Mark Zuckerberg’s company continues to spend 20% of its R&D budget on the virtual universe.

However, the Las Vegas show gives a significant exhibition space to the “Metaverse” and its support: “web 3”.

Connected health is at the heart of concerns

Pillows to improve sleep, toilets to analyze urine at home, holograms to help surgeons: many of the innovations presented at the CES preview this Tuesday were designed to take care of our bodies.

According to technology analyst Avi Greengart, the legacy of the pandemic more than two years ago, health should be the main theme of the event: “We should see some really interesting health devices that monitor or improve our health“.

Among the notable health innovations of the 2022 edition, Bongiovi introduced a remote-controlled stethoscope. A low-cost 3D-printed device that improves the quality of teleconsultations in medical deserts. Another innovation, Omron Healthcare, introduced a portable blood pressure monitor that can take an electrocardiogram.

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