Latest in CES 2020

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This week on the Front Cover:

“$2bn pumped into crisis relief; PM taps budget surplus to rebuild fire-hit communities, business; tax office to allow victims to defer payments”, AFR.

“Crisis a $5bn blow to economy; Insurance claims to top $1bn”, The Australian.

“Harry and Megan wave a royal goodbye”, The Australian.

“Ore exports drive trade surplus”, The Australian.

“Australia takes crown as top LNG exporter”, AFR.

“All Ords soars through 7000, surprise retail sales boost as markets hit records”, AFR.

News Summary:

This week marks the close of CES 2020, the world’s largest gathering for consumer technology. Held in Las Vegas, the annual conference attracts over 4,400 exhibiting companies and over 175,000 attendees across the globe. The conference provides a platform for entrepreneurs and companies to showcase ground-breaking technologies and innovations.

This week’s News Summary covers a brief overview of the key themes of the conference.

Steve Koenig, CTA opened the conference by redefining “IOT” – from “Internet of Things” to “Intelligence of Things”. This new definition describes how technology will influence business and culture through the consumerisation of Artificial Intelligence and the adding of intelligence across the economy, thus creating a web of “connected intelligence”. Following this theme, both Samsung and Mercedes highlighted their vision of the future.


Samsung kicked off CES by introducing the “new Age of Experience” and Samsung’s vision of robots as “life companions”. HS Kim, President and CEO of Samsung Consumer Electronics Division further describes robots as “Intelligent robots that live by your side and react to your needs every day,” “Robots that know you, support you, and take care of you, so you can focus on what really matters.”

Samsung introduced Ballie at the conference, a mini-robot that understands people and follows users around their daily life. Ballie can assist users in managing their smart devices, track exercises, assist with housekeeping and even act as a companion to pets when the owner is away from home.

HS Kim introducing Ballie. Photo credit: CES®

HS Kim introducing Ballie. Photo credit: CES®

Samsung also introduced its concept of a smart home with its Family Hub Refrigerator (refrigerator that orders ingredients online and prepares meal recipes) and chef bots that provide an extra pair of hands in the kitchen.

Samsung is currently partnering with global real estate developers to develop smart buildings. A project in Seoul allows residents to call an elevator, turn out lights, manage deliveries and find parking spots through voice command. (Samsung Newsroom).


Introduced by Ola Källenius (Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars), Vision AVTR (Advance Vehicle Transformation) is Mercedes concept vehicle that embodies the future of luxury driving.

A collaboration with James Cameron (from the Avatar), Vision AVTR introduces a new way of connecting both humans and machines without the traditional driving stick or dashboard.

The concept car recognises the driver’s heartbeat and breathing and establishes a biometric connection with the driver through a centre console in the vehicle. Natural hand gestures brings the car menu onto the palm of the hand.

Digital neurons flow from the interior into the exterior of the vehicle to provide more intuitive control of the vehicle. A fully carbon-neutral vehicle, the concept car uses utilises composable fast-charging battery technology.