Stunning Innovations and Unexpected Happenings from CES 2018

Posted on by Patty Odell

Some 180,000 professionals and tech enthusiasts gathered this week in Las Vegas for the biggest technology conference across the globe, CES 2018. For those of us that didn’t get to the show, here’s a roundup of some of the hottest innovations—and striking factoids—from the event, which ends tomorrow.

1. Lenovo laid out its plans for 2018 tech innovations that include AI, AR and VR intelligent technologies tied to powerful partnerships. (

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Lenovo exhibited its Daydream VR headset, the Mirage Solo, what it terms “a revolution in VR technology.”

2. WWE The well-oiled folks of World Wrestling Entertainment are bringing some of the franchise’s most exciting moments to virtual reality with a new channel on the NextVR app. (endgaget)

3. Amazon is making headway getting into the car business as more car companies integrate the online retailer’s Alexa voice-activated personal assistant into their in-car connected services. The latest is Toyota. (

4. Samsung outlined its future plans for artificial intelligence, improving the smart home, and 5G-connected cars. It showed off new products including TVs, washing machines, and a digital whiteboard. (YouTube)

5. NBC will present more than 50 hours of virtual-reality coverage from the 2018 Winter Olympics next month in South Korea — available live to viewers in the U.S. (

6. Power Outage A power outage at the most trafficked area of CES has put a damper on the celebration of all things tech. (Fortune)

7. Google’s two-level massive outdoor CES installation couldn’t withstand the rain in Las Vegas and had to be shut down. A real shame since this was Google’s first foray at CES. (

8. Google Once Google got underway, both in-booth and beyond, it created quite a stir for its Google Assistant. (Wired)

9. CES Mashup An adorable robot dog, a TV that could fill up a wall, a car whose entire dashboard is a touch screen. (WSJ Video) 

10. Backlash Not a single woman landed one of the keynote addresses that headline the show, the second straight year these top spots were claimed by men. (USA Today)

11. Smart Piano Trying to distinguish your product among the thousands at the CES gadget show is no easy feat, so it helps when music legend Stevie Wonder pays an unexpected visit. (NYT)

12. Death Threats Published reports say Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai is skipping the CES gadget show because of death threats. (Las Vegas Sun)

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