A New Era of Technology
On behalf of all of the judges, I would like to thank you for inviting us to this conference. CEATEC JAPAN always provides us with compelling insights into the future of the technology industry.
This year’s CEATEC JAPAN was quite different than its predecessors. In prior years, the show was dominated by consumer electronics products. Vendors competed to unveil the largest screens. While television and 8K technology was present at the show, this years’ conference was dominated by displays for components, Big Data applications, robotic technology.
While there are many factors driving this change, perhaps the most important is the emergence of the Internet of Things. We are moving into an era where intelligence will be embedded into virtually every product imaginable. Household appliances will communicate with utilities to save money. Software and sensors will be employed to monitor the elderly.
It is the start of a new market.
And how do markets in technology start? They always start with silicon. New components—that are smaller, that consume less power, that can continue to operate in unusual environments—will be required. TDK, for instance, showed off an extremely small inductive charger. Many wearables won’t have connector ports so technology like this will be necessary.
Just as importantly, these devices will require software that can take data from disparate sources of information and take actions on behalf of humans without humans having to worry about them.
In some ways, this transition plays into the strengths of many Japanese companies. Rigorous process technologies and R&D have always been at the heart of Japan’s technology industry.
We are moving into a new era of technology.
And this year we saw the first chapter.
Computing and Networking
Health and Household