That time of the year is already here when the tech pilgrimage kick starts off at the Vegas with thousands of tech-lovers meet to see the tech giants and startups come up with their own innovations. CES or the Consumer Electronics Show has always been the biggest attraction for the techies, and this year the same will be held in Las Vegas from January 5.
The show is considered the world’s biggest technology trade show and people wait for it all throughout the year. This year, CES completes 50 glorious years! (And we at Exhibit, cover it live on web streaming.)
The 50th annual show opens on Tuesday, January 3rd, for the 6,500 or so press attending the show. The press events continue on January 4th. But the 2.4 million square feet of exhibit space will open at 10 a.m. Thursday, January 5th.
What all to expect and look forward to?
Gary Shapiro, chief executive of the organization newly renamed Consumer Technology Association, told us in September that 4K TVs are selling at faster rates than their HDTV predecessors, with 20 million expected to sell in the U.S. in 2017, up 5 million from 2016. We’ll see 4K TVs from many of the big consumer electronics companies, as well as 8K TVs and monitors.
And we’re also going to see a lot of drones, wearables, augmented reality, virtual reality, robots, smart cars, health gadgets, 3D printers, and Internet of Things objects. There were 177,000 people over 3,000 exhibitors at last year’s show, and the CTA hopes to rein it in a bit to 165,000 this year. That’s insanely crowded, even for Vegas.
Specifically pointing out at the special attractions:
It is an undeniable fact that the most focus will be on artificial intelligence and Internet of Things at the event, especially with the virtual assistants and automotive sector. This is also the 50th anniversary of CES, so undoubtedly it is going to be special. The event will go on until January 8.
When it comes to companies, Apple does not attend the event. Samsung will, however, have a media conference. It is expected to focus more on televisions with 4K display support. Televisions have dominated CES for a long time and it is expected to continue that run. CES 2016 saw a huge number of 4K televisions and this year the focus will be on curved OLED displays. So expect big announcements from Sony, LG, Panasonic and LeEco too.
When it comes to smartphones, Asus has scheduled an event called Zenovation where it has been speculated that smartphones in the Zen series are going to be unveiled. There is a possibility of a Tango phone as well. Meanwhile, Huawei will also launch a mid-range smartphone and LG will be unveiling 4 smartphones in the K series and a new variant of the Stylus 3 device. Sony is also expected to roll out two new smartphones where the focus will be on the display panels.
Even Blackberry and TCL will be holding their own events. Another big announced that is expected is from Qualcomm. The company may focus on its Snapdragon 835 processor, which is a faster and thinner chip. Also, Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi will host an event at CES, but there is no clarity on what it will launch.
Moreover, the CES 2017, will also see some laptop launches where Dell and Lenovo will dominate. This year might also see some new gadgets in smart homes as finally after years of anticipation it is finally getting noticed.There will also be some information on the virtual reality market which, though with a niche market has tremendous possibilities. Apart from that, expect to see many robots, virtual assistants, audio tech and car tech at the event.
These and more to come up. We are all geared up for the event and would start reporting live from Vegas as soon as the event unfolds. Stay with us and feel the magic of CES 2017.