As we enter 2024, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, slated for January 9-12, emerges as a pivotal event for technology enthusiasts worldwide. Known as the birthplace of groundbreaking innovations – from the first CD players and HD TVs to the advent of 5G networks – CES consistently shapes the technologies that integrate into our daily lives. This year, the focus is sharply on how Artificial Intelligence (AI) is revolutionizing consumer electronics, especially in the fast-evolving beauty tech and wearable device sectors.
With two decades of CES participation, I bring a unique perspective that merges historical insights with current trends. This article aims to share some of my favorite CES moments and breakthroughs, emphasizing this year’s focus on AI, beauty tech, and wearables and their role in transforming our daily experiences.
L’Oréal and Mirroroid: Pioneering Beauty Tech Innovation
L’Oréal, a leader in the cosmetics industry with iconic brands like Maybelline, Garnier, and Lancôme, is poised to showcase the transformative role of AI in beauty care at CES 2024. Nicolas Hieronimus, CEO of L’Oréal Groupe, encapsulates this sentiment: “Beauty is a timeless pursuit, and technology adds to its enjoyment while unlocking a world of possibilities.” Following the Consumer Technology Association State of the Industry Address on January 9, Hieronimus will deliver a keynote on the synergy between technology and beauty. This address, set in the Palazzo Ballroom at the Venetian, underscores the growing importance of beauty tech in the industry.
L’Oréal is updating groundbreaking products like HAPTA, a cutting-edge motion-stabilizing device for individuals with limited mobility, and K-SCAN, a smart camera offering comprehensive hair and scalp health analysis. These innovations represent the vanguard of beauty technology, with more surprises in store from Hieronimus.
Mirroroid’s ‘Mirart AI Mirror’ exemplifies the fusion of AI and AR technology in beauty tech. This 15.6-inch smart mirror, an innovation award winner in the CES Smart Cities category, provides hair simulations and personalized style recommendations based on individual characteristics like face shape and personal style. This AI-driven mirror is a game-changer in personal care, signaling a future where technology elevates beauty experiences.
The Convergence of Beauty Tech and Wearables
Beauty tech, a territory where aesthetics meet technology, is increasingly intertwined with wearable technology. Employing AI and data analytics, Beauty Tech is crafting devices that monitor health and offer valuable insights into beauty and personal care routines.
Today’s wearables, evolving beyond simple fitness trackers, are sophisticated devices providing detailed health insights. These wearables even encompass pet care, with devices tracking their location and well-being.
Celebrity Impact on Tech Trends
Celebrity involvement has been a strong driving force in shaping tech trends, as seen in past CES events. Lady Gaga’s collaboration with Polaroid in 2011 brought a portable, wireless printer that allowed users to print photos from their phones, a novel concept at the time. “I’m sure many of you here are nerdy enough to carry around a mobile printer,” she told the crowd while conducting a live demo of the unit. “I know I am.”
Justin Bieber’s introduction of the mRobo Ultra Bass by TOSY Robotics in 2012, a Bluetooth-connected, dancing music speaker, highlighted technology’s playful and innovative side. These celebrity endorsements have been pivotal in shaping consumer perceptions and continue to influence the industry, mirrored today by the impact of influencers on Tik Tok, Instagram, and other social media platforms.
A Decade of Wearable Tech: Exclusive CES Interviews
Reflecting on my CES experiences, interviewing Mark Cuban in 2014 using Google Glass stands out. Cuban, known for his role on “Shark Tank” and as the owner of the Dallas Mavericks, showed genuine curiosity about the device. Google Glass, a $1,600 wearable device displaying information on a small screen, was a forerunner in personal tech. Despite initial public skepticism, it paved the way for today’s wearables. Watch Cuban’s reaction to Google Glass here.
Another memorable experience was with basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal while discussing Google Glass. His interest in the device quickly peaked, leading to a unique moment when he tried them on. Watching Shaq record my interview from his towering 7-foot-1 perspective remarkably demonstrated wearable technology’s appeal. But it was not all fun and games that year; walking around the Venetian Casino floor while wearing Google Glass led to being asked to leave due to security’s unfamiliarity with the device.
However, wearing Google Glass on the Venetian Casino floor also led to a run-in with security, illustrating the challenges of introducing new technology.
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