Whether looking to integrate the latest high-tech engineering into new product designs or seeking new ways to utilise digitisation in the workplace, a growing number of manufacturers from the leisure marine sector are looking to the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas as the key to future growth.
With more than 4,500 exhibitors lining the massive Las Vegas Convention Center and multiple satellite venues in a normal year, CES visitors from around the world have the opportunity to see the latest in current and emerging technologies including 3D printing, 5G mobile, artificial intelligence, ADAS, cybersecurity, next-gen propulsion systems, IoT/Sensors, robotics, telematics, smart manufacturing and sustainability.
”The boating industry is steering toward an electric future…. CES is a platform for companies to spotlight their vision for the future.”
– Richard Kowalski, Consumer Technology Association
Although an untimely surge in Covid numbers forced a number of exhibitors at the 2022 CES to change their plans at the last minute – including anchor exhibitors like Microsoft, Intel and General Motors – the range of innovation that was presented this year, both in person or in virtual format, remained no less impressive and points squarely at where the latest tech is leading us in the very near future.
“Boat industry manufacturers exhibiting at CES 2022 are highlighting advances in autonomy, similar to the automotive industry, which directly speaks to that enhanced consumer experience,” he says. “Boats are increasingly equipped with advanced driver assistance systems and other intelligent features that make piloting safer and easier.”
Kowalski adds that while new consumer products tend to generate the most media attention at the world’s largest technology trade fair, some of the most innovative and important technologies introduced are more closely related to design and fabrication applications, rather than end-user consumer goods. “The boating industry is steering toward an electric future, with some CES exhibitors showing new electric and hybrid propulsion systems,” he says. “CES is a platform for companies to spotlight their vision for the future, so it makes sense the increasingly tech-driven leisure marine industry would have a stronger presence.”
So what did you miss at CES this year? Here’s just a small sample.