Every year, reporters, exhibitors and traders usually discover Las Vegas showrooms full of large TVs, good automobiles and robots fixing martinis, however CES can be on-line just for the primary time in its 54-year historical past as a result of Covid-19.
The Shopper Electronics Affiliation, the nonprofit behind the four-day occasion beginning Monday, stated 1,800 exhibitors from around the globe will fill its “digital venue” this yr — a quantity that is down considerably from 4,000 in-person exhibitors final yr. The transfer will permit tech firms from international locations who’ve by no means attended earlier than to participate within the on-line spectacle, however might additionally make it more durable for smaller firms to get seen with no bodily showroom sales space to come upon.
It will lack a number of the signature elements of the commerce present, comparable to hands-on time with the newest devices, demos and networking. However the know-how that makes our lives extra linked and handy will nonetheless resonate as we proceed to navigate a worldwide pandemic. CNN Enterprise can be monitoring all the large bulletins after which some.
5G will dominate discussions at CES 2021 a lot because it did final yr.
Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg will kick off the present with a keynote centered on what the corporate has realized from rolling out its 5G community and tease its future plans. And Anne Chow, the CEO of AT&T Enterprise, is predicted to do the identical in a breakout session. (WarnerMedia, the mother or father firm of CNN, is owned by AT&T.)
5G is right here in lots of our greatest merchandise, together with the iPhone and Samsung Galaxy smartphones, nevertheless it definitely has not reached what’s believed to be its potential but. These bulletins could provide a roadmap for the way it will get there.
Well being tech
Well being devices, health tools and wearables have lengthy been common at CES, however the class can be supersized this yr, each due to a rise in demand from the pandemic and the business regularly shifting on this path even earlier than.
“Search for quite a few well being options, particularly those who declare that they’ll let you know in case you are displaying indicators of potential an infection — raised physique temp, elevated coronary heart price and respiration — or in case you are socially distanced sufficient,” stated Ramon Llamas, analysis director at market intelligence agency IDC. “Or take a look at totally different disinfection options for the house, just like those that declare they’ll zap undesirable or harmful microbes in your telephone.”
Final yr’s transfer to online-everything — telehealth, working from dwelling, distant studying, streaming — can be a major speaking level at CES, however so will tech’s function to higher help these adjustments.
With hundreds of thousands of individuals staying dwelling, firms are hoping they’re going to add extra good units and methods into residing rooms, kitchens and elsewhere. Past merchandise like good fridges and washers, home equipment comparable to robotic vacuum cleaners and air filters could get smarter with voice integration.