Goodbye Internet of Things and Hello Intelligence of Things
January 09 2020 - Smart Everything Pervades CES 2020 As More Devices Get Brains By Investors Business Daily
Say goodbye to the Internet of Things and hello to the Intelligence of Things. So says the Consumer Technology Association, producer of the massive CES trade show. CES 2020 officially opens Tuesday after two days of preshow events.
The Internet of Things has moved beyond simply connecting electronics devices to the internet. Now those devices have smarts, which is changing business models and consumer behaviors, Steve Koenig, vice president of research at CTA, said at a media briefing late Sunday. The Internet of Things defined the last decade, but the Intelligence of Things will shape the new decade, Koenig said.
"The best part is that we don't have to use a new term," he said. "We can still say IoT."
He added, "Artificial intelligence is permeating every facet of our commerce and our culture."
The Intelligence of Things will be on display at CES 2020 as companies show off a vast array of smart gadgets. They'll range from digital voice assistants in smart speakers to the artificial intelligence of autonomous vehicles and robots. Smart Toothbrushes, Bathroom Mats At CES 2020
At a preshow expo called CES Unveiled Sunday night, companies showed off smart electric toothbrushes, a smart bathroom mat, a smart sliding glass door opener for pets and other brainy gizmos.
"We're on the forefront of fulfilling the promise of true smart home technology," said Lesley Rohrbaugh, director of research at CTA. "At CES this year you'll see everything from smart faucets to smart mirrors and shower systems."
In the future, the entire home will be connected, she said. "So, it's not just devices. It's not just fixtures. It's the home itself. So, smart roofing systems and smart walls."
The promise of the smart home is to create intelligent living spaces that take care of the occupants instead of the opposite, Koenig said. Wireless Connectivity Helps The Cause
One of the technologies that will fuel the Intelligence of Things is 5G wireless connectivity, Rohrbaugh said.
2020 will be the "inaugural year" for 5G handsets for consumers, she said. CTA forecasts that 20.2 million 5G mobile phones will ship in the U.S. this year, up from just 1.6 million in 2019.
Those 5G handsets will make up only 12% of total mobile phone shipments this year. But that percentage is seen rising to 36% in 2021 and 63% in 2022.
In addition to 5G and artificial intelligence, other technologies expected to generate buzz at CES 2020 are 8K ultra-high-definition televisions, new streaming video services, augmented reality and even flying cars.
Ahead of CES 2020, the Consumer Technology Association released its forecast for U.S. consumer spending on tech products and services. It sees sales rising nearly 4% to a record $422 billion in 2020. Revenue growth will be fueled by streaming services, wireless earbuds, 5G smartphones and smart home devices. Procter & Gamble Joins The CES 2020 Fray
The run-up to CES 2020 began Sunday with a media briefing by consumer products giant Procter & Gamble (PG). The Cincinnati-based company showed off innovations spanning its brands Charmin, Gillette, Pampers and Oral-B.
P&G debuted its Oral-B iO electric toothbrush with improved cleaning action, a smart pressure sensor to protect gums and enamel, and artificial intelligence tracking to evaluate brushing sessions.
It also showed off Lumi by Pampers, an all-in-one connected baby care system. It combines a smart HD video monitor with an activity sensor and brings the information together on a smartphone app. Parents can track their baby's sleep, feeding and diapering patterns on the app.
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