Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is an annual trade show organized by the Consumer Technology Association. It is held in January at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. The event typically hosts presentations of new products and technologies in the consumer electronics industry.
Last year, more than 184,000 people attended Consumer Electronics Show, as did more than 4,000 companies. 2018 will also see thousands of companies descend upon Nevada to show off their wares.
In 2017 we saw companies showcasing some of the amazing products and ideas. Some products which were of the prime focus, to be named, are – Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Series, HP EliteBook x360, Asus Zenfone AR, Mistfit Vapor, Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH5, PowerVision PowerRay, Faraday Future FF91, LG Signature W OLED, Dish AirTV, Lenovo Smart Assistant, Innex Super Retro Boy, LG Smart InstaView Refrigerator, Aira etc.
What new we may witness in 2018?
2018 promises to carry on last year’s TV obsession. And once again, LG is at the forefront with its 8K OLED TV. The company teased its 88-inch, 8K offering. According to reports it boasts a whopping resolution of 7,680 x 4,320 pixels. Which is substantially more than the 4K resolution that we just began getting used to.
Ford CEO Jim Hackett is the show’s keynote speaker this year, and you can expect that a lot of mobility companies will be showing off their wares. Driver-safety AI systems, cheaper LIDAR sensors and smart-charging devices are expected to be of prime focus this year. All of which will contribute to the infrastructure necessary to make electric, self-driving vehicles cheaper, faster and better.
Further in personal electric transport we may see Electric skateboards, electric scooters, self-balancing hoverboards and other gear to help you get around faster. We already know that OjO is teaming up with Ford to produce a range of electric scooters, and we’ll find plenty more battery-powered transports at the show proper.
The concept of smart homes, led by smart speakers are also expected to mark their presence at CES. Third-party gadget-makers are adopting virtual assistants such as Amazon’s Alexa and we expect to see many more assistant-enabled speakers, giving consumers some much-needed variety. Here again, LG has raised its hand to be counted by unveiling a Google Assistant-enabled speaker recently.
Of course, smart homes don’t just stop at smart speakers and we expect to see a whole line-up of household appliances such as refrigerators sporting virtual assistants and smart capabilities. Samsung already has a refrigerator with which you can order groceries, so watch out for a lot more of that.
Apart from the above we will witness many more advancements in technological aspects. “Health and medical” is going to be one of the key focus. So we may see many new gadgets for health care. Smart watches and wearable will probably include more health related features. Further, 5G technology will be a hot topic. Some discussions and illustrations on “How 5G will change our lives” are scheduled. Robots, smart chairs, AR & VR are some of the other things worth a mention.
CES 2018 is all set to take place from 9th January to 12th January. Let’s see whether this years Consumer Electronics Show brings encouragement or disappointment to the viewers.