In anticipation of tech’s most celebrated annual event, the newswires are already abuzz with expectations. CES 2019 Las Vegas is just around the corner and techies are drooling after having their appetites whetted by a slew of innovations from Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) in the last quarter of 2018.

About CES

Appropriately staged in Las Vegas, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is run by the Consumer Technology Association and has been the cynosure of tech eyes since inception in 1967. Its inaugural edition held in New York and since then, has been a platform for technology giants and startups (and others in-between) to showcase the next level of product innovations.

Product categories and marketplaces range from one end of the spectrum to another including 3D printing, Self-driving technology, Baby Tech, Sleep Tech, Enterprise Solutions, Wireless Devices and Services, Smart Cities and Digital Money among many others.

Imagine an event that attracts more than 4,500 exhibiting companies with attendance in excess of 180,000 from 150 countries. The event is spread over eleven venues with exhibition space exceeding 2.5 million square feet.

Historic Tech Announcement at CES

Among so many instances, here are just a few CES tech announcements that have made significant impact globally.

  1. Videocassette Recorder (VCR), 1970
  2. Compact Disc – Interactive, 1991
  3. Blu-Ray DVD and HDTV PVR, 2003
  4. Tablets, Netbooks and Android Devices, 2010
  5. Connected TV, Smart Appliances, Android Honeycomb, Ford’s Electric Focus, Motorola Atrix, Microsoft Avatar Kinect, 2011
  6. 3D Printers, Sensor Technology, Curved UHD, Wearable Technologies, 2014
  7. 4K UHD, Virtual Reality, Unmanned Systems, 2015

Why CES 2019 Las Vegas May be Different?

Slated to hold between January 8-12, this year’s event is getting a lot of press already. That is not strange at all and with the flurry of economic incidents in 2018, it is to be expected. In an interview with Tom’s Guide, CTA Chief Executive, Gary Shapiro spoke passionately about pressing issues in the tech industry while giving his predictions about innovations in CES 2019.

Shapiro had very sharp words for Facebook, expressing his disappointment with the company’s privacy violations. According to him, the social media platform had acted irresponsibly.

Speaking further, he says, “So why do I care about Facebook? In a sense, they’ve poisoned the water for the debate, because they didn’t act responsibly, and it’s upsetting to me.”

On what to expect from this year’s event, Shapiro highlights Augmented Reality (AI), Digital Health and 5G.

What Trends to Expect

1. Voice Control: According to Jack Wetherill, Principal Consultant at FutureSource, voice control will dominate the show with appliances using voice control as opposed to the popular (and slowly dying) remote control. Sony, LG and Samsung are expected to feature prominently in this range. Meanwhile, Toshiba is not getting left behind either as its upcoming OLED, 4K HDR and Full HD televisions feature Amazon Alexa integration to enable voice control.

2. Foldable Displays: Not just phones but foldable laptops and tablets. This may sound far-fetched but the world is gradually inching towards that end. The anticipation is to see laptops with OLED screens that cover the entire keyboard region. This gives a comparatively massive surface area for usage.

3. Artificial Intelligence (AI): This is a guaranteed expectation of CES 2019 Las Vegas, considering the way it had been trending right through 2018. From Yamaha to IBM and Panasonic, AI will be a major conversation topic especially with its application to diverse fields; health, production etc.

4. 5G Technology: This was also a major conversation topic in 2018 but only at a budding level. Having grown considerably within the last few months, CES 2019 Las Vegas should provide a veritable platform for robust conversation about 5G especially with the big guns involved in the event; T-Mobile, Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and Ericsson.

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