Asia’s largest consumer electronics show opens in Shanghai


Attendees try out Shadow Creator Information Technology Co.’s Action One VR headset at the CES Asia 2018 show in Shanghai, China, on June 13, 2018. (Photo: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg via Getty Images/VCG)

The 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) Asia kicked off in Shanghai this week. Over 500 companies are taking part in the three-day show. Artificial Intelligence is one of the highlights. 

CGTN’s Wu Lei reports.

This year’s CES Asia features some 20 product categories, but it’s AI technology that’s generating the most buzz.

AI is changing lives around the world, and traditional consumer electronics makers such as Changhong have embraced it to make their products better.

Attendees walk through the Co. booth at the CES Asia 2018 show in Shanghai, China, on Wednesday, June 13, 2018.  (Photo: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg via Getty Images/VCG)

“Based on big data, deep machine learning and AI, our traditional home appliance companies have to keep up with trends and meet growing market demand,” Li Xiaodong, the Corporate Communications Head of Changhong said.

There is a dedicated area for AI this year, and over 30 companies have their latest products and innovations on display. Internet giant Baidu is one of those firms.

AI can be applied in every aspect of our daily lives including smart home, self-driving cars, smart cities. However, exhibitors has said there is still much to be improved on, in the user experience side.

The Skyworth AI chip device is on display at CES Asia in the new International Expo Center. (Photo: VCG)

“One of the major challenges is whether the company can make the user experience as smooth as possible. So far there is still much to do in the field of photo and voice recognition,” said Chai Liangzhi, Product Manager for the Allwinner Technology company.

The Consumer Technology Association’s CEO Gary Shapiro said both Chinese and U.S. companies are leading in AI innovation and development in the world. Even so, making breakthroughs to bring the industry to a higher level takes time.

The Bao Education Robot is on display at CES Asia in the new International Expo Center. (Photo: VCG)

“Artificial intelligence is very good at specific tests, at playing one game, but it is much more difficult and challenging to think on its own, to draw conclusion, to move on to its next level, that is where it could have breakthrough in the next 20 or 30 years, no one really knows, we are not just there yet,” he explained.

Shapiro hopes AI companies from both countries will have more cooperation to tackle these challenges. That’s something the show’s expected 40,000 visitors would love to see.

Rebecca Fannin talks CES Asia in Shanghai

CGTN’s Mike Walter spoke to Rebecca Fannin about Asia’s largest consumer electronics show, CES Asia. Fannin is the Founder and Editor of Silicon Dragon.