It’s two days before CES® 2019 officially opens so things are quiet, right? Not so fast!
Media events started today, meaning lines, crowded rooms – – and the beginning of the information flow from the greatest show in tech.
More than that, really, as CES 2019 looks more than ever to give us insight into the world of our everyday lives of tomorrow.
If Walt Disney were designing EPCOT right now, he would be at CES learning about the innovations that will define our world of tomorrow.
We hear much about technology trends today, but saw one event that may be one of the biggest signs to come out of CES 2019.
Proctor and Gamble, maybe the name most associated with everyday life, is exhibiting at CES for the first time and held a press event today. That a traditional consumer products company, one we would not associate with technology, is here truly speaks to the connection between the innovation on display at CES and our lives.
Tech Trending in Our Everyday Lives
Sure, technology has always impacted our everyday live and CES has always been a showcase for tech such as TVs, computers, audio systems, appliances, and more.
Things are different this year, though, with the innovations on display and being discussed at CES addressing more areas of our lives than we have seen previously.
Here are but a few of the areas of impact we saw on display on the first day of CES activities.
Yes, technology innovations in healthcare have been part of CES for some time, but this year they are addressing more and broader areas of our lives, with more of the solutions intended for consumers rather than provider of care. These are just some of the topics addressed.
- There is more than ever before about mental health, a needed focus area of late in healthcare overall.
- Innovation addressing brain health, with recognition of the devastating impacts of Alzheimer’s disease.
- Telehealth, changing the way care is providing and increasing access to care for many.
- Advances in home health devices, making it possible for more seniors and others with chronic illness to live independently.
Even Smarter Homes
For years we have been seeing and hearing how many aspects of our interactions with our homes have been changing as they become connected to us digitally. That continues to advance.
This year, though, the smart home focus seems to be turning more to devices communicating directly with each other, reducing the need for human interaction to provide us benefits.
Sure, some will see these advances, with our homes becoming not just connected but intelligent, as unnecessary conveniences and even intrusive, but for many of our senior loved ones these advances will mean the ability to live independently even longer.
Digital Privacy and Security
Our increasingly connected world has resulted in the creation of more data on us in the last few years than has been generated in all the year that have come before.
Unfortunately the abundance of data has led to well-founded concerns about how that data is used and how secure it is in the hands of those collecting and keeping it.
This slide, part of the “CES 2019 Trends to Watch” presentation from the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) shows the interaction of many of our new technologies and how we see them in the marketplace, with part of the impact on us being our security and privacy in the digital world.
Continuing Evolution of Technology
Once concept we found particularly interesting was the idea put forth by the CTA that we are entering a new age of technology, the data age.
Thinking about it, we do take being connected to each other and the world around us by technology for granted. We don’t, for example, think about our broadband internet connections until they are not performing as expected or even not keeping us connected at all.
With everything and (hopefully) everyone being connected, technology will be defined more and more by the data about us and our lives that is being created and how that data is being used to make our lives better.
Oh, yes, and how we are protecting that data from being misused to our detriment.
One Product to Remember
There were MANY things that caught our eyes as we moved from table to table in CES Unveiled today. Learning about each was like trying to work in a room full of squirrels, as there was always something in the corner of our eyes.
We encountered one innovative product that we think will be of interested to family caregivers with loved ones who have chronic heart failure. You may be surprised to hear it is a t-shirt! No, this is not just any t-shirt, but a true wearable.
Chronolife has developed a wearable solution that discretely tracks patient data while they go about their everyday lives. Through the user’s smartphone, data is sent to the healthcare provider, who is able to monitor patients in between office visits.
Tracking alone would be a meaningful solution, but Chronolife’s wearable goes further, with predictive capabilities that allow for action to be taken before the next event occurs.
This device will not be available directly to consumers, but will be prescribed by healthcare providers along with instructions for its use. By making family caregivers aware of it, we hope to provide information about a potential solution you and your senior loved one can discuss with their doctor.
More to Come from CES 2019
The half day of media activities at CES 2019 whet our appetites even more for what is to come.
We look forward to sharing more with you throughout the event and afterward.
For real-time updates on items we feel are noteworthy for family caregivers, follow our tweets on @SrCareCorner.
We are CES Ready!