One of the great things about a show like CES is the sheer scale of innovation, along with the vast amount of industries that now count technology as an integral part of their business.

Case in point, the red collar on the dog I’m photographed with above – that’s a high tech connected device which tracks the movement, health and many other facets of your dogs daily life. Additionally, it’s connected to a mobile network allowing you to have clear insights in real-time as well as location tracking – all from a dog collar.

Kinda crazy in some ways, but in others, it’s just a brilliant use of technology including sensors as well as the mobile network connectivity.

When Vodafone came on board to support our coverage of CES, it gave me a new lens through which to see the show, and the products on the ground.

Vodafone, like all the telcos in Australia – and around the world – is focussed quite intensely on their 5G network roll-out.

While many of the products at CES were simply network connected, it was clear to me that in a short space of time the low latency low energy connectivity of 5G would enhance everything on offer – from dog collars to item trackers.

Add to that the Vehicle to Grid technology being designed and built for cars of the future, and we’re looking at a world where the idea of there being more mobile connections than people will be a long way in the past, we’ll have a mobile connection for devices we can’t yet even imagine.

Farm gear like tractors from John Deere – not only are they autonomous, but you can expect that many different types of farm equipment will be 5G connected, allowing better data for farmers, and remote control of all kinds of gear.

I think for us mere mortals, the idea of a 5G smartphone is cool, but what many of us can’t see is just how big an impact these next generation networks will have on so many aspects of the future we are yet to see!

EFTM’s coverage of CES 2022 is supported by Intel, Vodafone, LG, Samsung and Hisense