Innovations in technology, consumer electronics, and IT affect everyday life and organisational culture. Cloud services and mobile applications are commonplace and artificial intelligence is the “next big thing”. We distilled the Key Digital Trends 2019 after studying the recent publicity and attending the biggest convention on Consumer Electronics (the CES in Las Vegas,

The sheer size of the start-up park “Eureka” was impressive – I believe that these young companies will have a substantial impact on the way we will be experiencing digital products.

Dr Michael Kirchhof
Four trends have been showcased prominently on the CES2019, Las Vegas.

Four key trends

When summarising the over 4,000 exhibitors’ latest technology, four key trends surface.

  1. While the majority of solutions is cloud-based, several propositions featured an edge-computing element. This was apparent in EdgeAI solutions which shift the computational resources close to the sensors (e.g. cameras). It reduces the pressure on network infrastructure and also addresses security concerns in earlier implementations.
  2. Large data sets, including potentially sensitive information, are analysed directly on site instead of being beamed into the cloud. Besides this, all kinds of devices embed as an addition voice assistant control.
  3. The first two trends contribute to the third: Real-time video interpretation for consumers and retailers. Applications demonstrated in Las Vegas include the automatic detection of accidents and of other dangerous situations so help can be on the away immediately.
  4. And finally, the myriad of sensors and tools for the detection, measurement, and influence of the human body and mind, creates a soon noticeable uptake in Mind & Body Optimisation. We challenged some presenters regarding the scientific basis – and sometimes, the answer wasn’t satisfying.
Top 10 Digital Trends

Our take on the Top 10 Digital Trends in 2019

  • In the market already in 2019:
    • 5G and HTTP/3 will help telcos and web-based companies to deliver efficient services in a crowded (mobile) market.
    • Foldable Devices will reach mass market readiness.
    • Voice Assistance will improve and integrated better.
    • Gadgets will become bigger and will change the face of (e)sports and home sports.
  • First (and probably imperfect) products launch in 2019 will be in the following areas:
    • Digital assistants and robotic assistants will enter homes, presumably in elderly and pet care.
    • Data transparency and interoperability will tackle healthcare boundaries first. Then, solutions aimed to increase flexibility towards healthcare the offering, referring and utilisation of health services, will be proposed.
  • And finally, large corporates will increase their investments in digital:
    • Collective AI which can refer to social norms will be researched with the aim to reduce the complexity.
    • Computation-heavy solutions will become more resilient, e.g. towards unreliable connectivity and incomplete data/sensor readings.
    • Improved batteries and new form factors, combined with mesh networks will allow new mobility concepts. Yet, the end of the car as we know it is still far away.
    • We expect also that a new corporate social responsibility wave is rolling in, with substantial impact on the gig economy as we know it today.

We hope you are enjoying this short summary – please share your thoughts. Thank you!

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