The Consumer Electronics Show 2017, annual technology industry’s largest show, will take place in Las Vegas from January 5 till January 8.
Every year, hundreds of companies head to Las Vegas to hock their wares to the tech press, which gulps them down like so much fast food. The big companies mostly show off untold numbers of TVs which look excellent but aren’t new. That can be hard to find true innovations, buried under the piles of commodity gadgets, but the discovery might be worth the trouble.
This is easily seen on the example of the Oculus Rift. The device was firstly presented as a viable consumer product in the sphere of virtual reality. It is interesting that Oculus only had a simple demo to show off, creators didn’t provide any details on its business plan or how its gadgets would get into the hands of customers. However, Oculus was a sensation gaining a status of one of the most dominant players in the nascent VR market. Finally, the company had a great impact on the business paths of four giants in technology that have heavy investments in VR now: Facebook, Samsung, Sony and Microsoft.
This year, the CES is getting ready to announce plenty of self-driving cars, virtual reality devices and drones, as well as more advancement in television technology. Reportedly, companies will focus on compatibility between products and services, ease of installment and wearables that aren’t worn on the wrist. According to The Verge, CES 2017 will feature a multitude of smart glasses, tech installed in clothing and exoskeletons, rather than more wrist products like the Apple Watch.
There will be fewer novelties in virtual reality development and gaming comparing to the CES 2016 while self-driving cars are predicted to make a big presence at the conference. Some even joke calling the CES the “Car Electronics Show” due to the field’s domination at the show in recent years. This year, auto companies are expected to unveil technology-connected and self-navigating cars.
Reportedly, the Internet of Things, the concept of interconnected products, will be one of the central topics at the CES. The IoT is expected to play a relevant part in the role of connected cars, wearables and improving smart house technology.
The CES will also feature personal robots such as personal assistant type machines, vacuums and coffee makers as well as drones presenting new features, gadgets and lower prices to increase the drone industry market size. Drones are not breakthroughs at the show but when it comes to toys for grown-ups, they are unlikely to disappear at all.
Chinese companies have been in focus of attention this year. So no wonder that brands like Xiaomi, Hicense and Huawei will most likely maintain most of the media’s attention. Many of the companies, including Huawei and Xiaomi, have prepared multiple new smartphones for announcement or display at the CES.
Last year, the United Kingdom government faced some criticism from many UK-based tech companies for failing to place emphasis and support on the technology industry ahead of CSE 2016. CES event organizer Gary Shapiro called the government’s lack of support “a source of embarrassment” and “short-sighted.”
He compared the UK government’s response to the government of France, emphasizing that there are roughly five times more French companies at the CES than UK-based companies. “Government support is just not funding, I want to make that very clear … It’s political leadership. It’s showing up,” Shapiro said about the British government. “I think there’s a great opportunity for the UK, which is untapped.”
We will keep track of all events at the CES 2017 and will certainly keep you informed.