Starting next week, thousands of companies, and even more people, will head into Las Vegas for the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show! From Jan. 8 to 11, the latest technology of the year will be on display.
Our tech friend Marc Saltzman will be there, and has everything you need to know about the event before it happens. There have been no official launches yet, but experts say there are a few major things to look forward to at this years' CES:
Get ready for huge advances in TV technology, including larger and sharper screens!
For example, the rollable OLED TV set that was just a prototype last year is rumored to be available for purchase at this years' show.
- Smart Homes
Last year, Google pushed their voice assistant products like Google Assistant and Google Home. This year, attendees are expected to see even more of those smart assistants from Google and Amazon.
"I don't know that we've ferreted out a lot of these use cases yet, but I do know that there's a desire for devices to be inter-operable in the house," said Ben Arnold, senior director of innovation and trends for CTA.
Laptops and PCs are becoming more and more like smartphones, according to Microsoft. So this year, the company has been working with their partners to create notebooks that don't have to constantly be charged throughout the day.
And if you're a gamer, Microsoft also mentioned that they have been searching for new ways to make live-streaming easier during gaming sessions!
'Wearable' technology products like the Apple Watch or Fitbit saw huge increases in popularity in 2018.
The new devices for 2019 will aim to help consumers track their sleep, fitness, health levels, and even try to diagnose other health issues like sleep apnea.
- AR and VR
Augmented and virtual reality companies will be out in full force at this years' CES. Pico Interactive will be displaying its new 4K VR headset, Vuzix will have their new, more-refined Alexa-enabled Blade AR glasses there, and many more.
"Just based on my inbox, there are going to be a lot of people showing off smart glasses, but none of them have jumped out as being the next big thing," said Avi Greengart, research director for consumer platforms and devices at GlobalData. "Augmented and virtual reality have big futures ahead of them, but at the moment, we're sort of post-hype, pre-usefulness."
5G promises that it is 1,000 times faster than 4G LTE, and with that, many products will be announced with the 5G technology in Las Vegas next week.
"Every keynote will invoke 5G," Greengart predicted. From smart home devices to cars to laptops, the faster speeds of this next-gen networking technology will have implications for every kind of connected device.
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