From new devices to health boosts to cord-cutting to securing your privacy, tech has new stuff to convince you it can make your life better.
We expect to see plenty of new concepts, prototypes and experimental flights of fancy at CES 2020 -- including ideas about what your future phones and computers could look like.
CES also gives us a bigger picture of how the tectonic plates are moving in the tech industry, and the new ways technology is going to improve, encroach on and transform our lives.
Here are the big 3 things that will dominate our lives in 2020.
1. 5G Scenarios
While most of the current 5G announcements and excitement are targeted for the mobile world, 5G has already elbowed its way into CES.
(CES 2020 - 5G)
Does it surprise you that AT&T just launched its low-band 5G network in Las Vegas, so there will actually be real 5G phones in use by CES attendees? Eton ICT’s team are not surprised. The focus at CES we see are daily scenarios that will change due to 5G: video movie posters, new ways of newsgathering that will change storytelling, driverless cars, mobile entertainment, VR games, etc…
With 5G, you'll see faster download and upload speeds. But there’s definitely more. It’s just like how people had limited imagination towards 4G when we were using 3G.
We also see some examples of the way 5G usher in this digital world in eras like energy, public safety, health care, transportation—but most of that is still ages away before 5G becomes more viable and widespread.
2. Data privacy and security
The average time for reading privacy agreements is 10 minutes, experts say. Are you aware of how many new websites we enter, new apps we download and all the privacy agreements related to that? Consumers just ignored them.
However, after what happened to Facebook’s privacy tragedy, enough people are paying attention to privacy and security. People are tired of how big tech companies such as Apple, Amazon, Google, Facebook are jockeying to show you how they're protecting consumer data, keeping you secure from hackers and integrating digital wellness features to give you peace of mind.
We all know much of it is marketing and spin.
At CES 2020, all tech vendors now market their products in a brand-new way towards consumer privacy. Global governmentsare expected to come after big tech in 2020 and put it under greater regulatory scrutiny. Tech companies want to look like they're starting to clean up their own act.
What’s the key to success in 2020? Services.
(CES 2020 - Live Smarter)
Apple and Disney led the change with services that grabbed a lot of the headlines last year. Whether it’s Disney Plus’s advantage over Netflix or apple’s smooth switching among its three cameras, there are a broader expansion of services across the industry and a lot of new mojo in startups focused around services.
Service in the tech world brings convenience. For example, we are familiar with services that deliver food from restaurants, send you meal prep you can cook easily on your own, ship your new makeup/clothes to try, find you a ride and a lot more.
The rise of service creates a sustainable business model that brings MRC to tech companies: service + subscription. Of course, we all see the power of auto-pay. The bundle of service plus subscription outweighs physical products, so we see them pop up in almost every category in the tech world. Consumers’ habits are changing by the change in the tech world and vice versa.