CES 2018 brought together the best and the brightest to debut new technologies and innovations. Many companies introduced new Internet of Things (IoT) products and platforms set to change the way we interact with devices. Though the IoT market is still maturing, these new technologies and trends show demand for new, unique IoT products. Here are three IoT trends from CES 2018 and technologies you don’t want to miss.
IoT Health Advancements
IoT innovators have had their eye on the healthcare industry for a while now. Health sensors can prove especially helpful for patients and in hospital settings. IoT products can also help consumer health. At CES, Nokia introduced Nokia Sleep, an advanced connected device that can analyze sleep patterns. Through IFTTT integration, the platform has simple smart home integration control features as well. These features mean users do not have to get out of bed to control lights or temperature settings, which could disrupt sleep.
After collecting enough data, Nokia Sleep will give user’s a sleep score and analyze patterns to help educate the user on what makes a good night’s sleep. The product even monitors and analyzes snoring habits. Along with this product launch, the company also announced an update to Nokia Health Mate app, with automatically synchronizes with Nokia Sleep, and now integrates Amazon Alexa. Users can now have all health information in one place, including tracking sleep cycles, to make it easy to focus on health initiatives.
Everyone is Talking about 5G
5G was the most anticipated and talked about technology relating to IoT trends at CES this year. With better connectivity and faster connection, 5G helps promote IoT use and lifespan. 5G supports IoT data analytics and allows processing of large data sets, which is needed for IoT products, without having to rely on public clouds or data centers.
Chris Stark, chief business development officer at Nokia, spoke at CES, noting:
“5G is a departure in terms of network architecture. Part of what this is about is creating new opportunities. We will see more functionality at the edge, with massive speeds, low latency and a large number of connectivity points.”
As 5G continually improves, many industries will be touched by the impact. From transportation to smart cities, and from automotive to consumer devices, there are high hopes for what 5G has to offer this year.
Voice Assistant is the New Way to Control IoT
Voice assistants were all over CES this year. Users can control almost everything — cars, eyeglasses, showers, and even toilets. Voice control will now transition from the car to the home, not skipping a beat in between locations. CES debuted advanced smart lights, televisions, refrigerators, washing machines, fans, baby monitors, thermostats, and even mirrors that tell you how beautiful you are each day. There was also talk of voice assistants entering earbuds and even office meeting rooms so they can be available anytime, anywhere. While some noted privacy concerns, it seems voice-controlled smart homes, cars, and everything else will be the future.
IoT products made a splash at CES this year, but it wasn’t just new products that caught the attention of technology experts. Older legacy products might just get a makeover this year with the implementation of IoT capabilities as well. From health to 5G to voice assistants, this CES 2018 had many IoT innovations that set the tone for this year.