LAS VEGAS — CES 2019 kicks off this week, which after all implies that near 200,000 tech heads are swarming into Sin Metropolis to ogle the newest crop of devices — and we’re not essentially speaking about stripper robots.
Sure, the latter had been on show at a close-by jiggle joint eventually yr’s CES, and so they hogged an outsize portion of press. This yr, the weirdness will embody a notable dearth of Chinese language exhibitors — a casualty of the commerce tensions which are more likely to persist properly into 2019.
The annual present attracts the largest names within the enterprise (Apple being a notable exception), and more and more which means automobile producers from GM to Volkswagen renting big convention-hall areas to point out off self-driving tech.
However CES additionally stays the premier venue for smaller gadget-makers trying to strike gold. Right here’s what to look out for this week:
Speaking home equipment: Amazon and Google are jockeying to get their voice assistants — Alexa and Google Assistant — into as many properties as potential. Look to see integrations in additional merchandise than ever, from primary objects like audio system and alarm clocks, to quirkier fare like fridges and bogs. The voice assistant blitz isn’t slowing down any time quickly.
Greater, sharper TVs: 4K should be a revolution in progress with the mass TV market, however the brand new frontier in dwelling leisure is 8K — a show decision so sharp that it has 16 instances as many pixels as a conventional 1080p HDTV. Main gamers like Samsung and Sony will probably be unveiling their newest shows on the present, giving shoppers a glimpse of their ever-bigger, higher boob tubes.
It’s not simply the decision of screens that firms want to improve, however their very shapes. Anticipate to see the thinnest TVs and screens ever unveiled at CES 2019, in addition to foldable and rollable shows that can look to revolutionize the sport.
The rise of 5G: Although US mobile suppliers are nonetheless within the means of laying out their 5G networks, phonemakers will probably be utilizing this yr’s CES as a platform to point out off what will probably be potential with the brand new tech. 5G-enabled telephones will obtain information 20 instances sooner than their predecessors, and symbolize the largest bounce in cell information speeds in years. Verizon will probably be delivering a keynote highlighting the significance of 5G to its future plans.
Wildcards: For each main announcement made at CES, there are lots of that fly underneath the radar. On prime of the robotic strippers, CES final yr introduced us scuba-diving drones, laundry-folding robots and augmented actuality toothbrushes. This yr, brace your self for high-tech breast pumps and headbands that may monitor whether or not your youngsters are actually concentrating on their homework.
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