Every year, reporters, exhibitors and traders sometimes discover Las Vegas showrooms full of large TVs, sensible automobiles and robots fixing martinis, however CES will probably be on-line just for the primary time in its 54-year historical past because of Covid-19.
The Shopper Electronics Affiliation, the nonprofit behind the four-day occasion beginning Monday, mentioned 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 nations 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 encounter.
It will lack among the signature components of the commerce present, corresponding to hands-on time with the newest devices, demos and networking. However the expertise that makes our lives extra linked and handy will nonetheless resonate as we proceed to navigate a worldwide pandemic. CNN Enterprise will probably be monitoring all the large bulletins after which some.
5G will dominate discussions at CES 2021 very like 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 anticipated to do the identical in a breakout session. (WarnerMedia, the dad or mum firm of CNN, is owned by AT&T.)
5G is right here in a lot of our greatest merchandise, together with the iPhone and Samsung Galaxy smartphones, but it surely definitely has not reached what’s believed to be its potential but. These bulletins might provide a roadmap for the way it will get there.
Well being tech
Well being devices, health tools and wearables have lengthy been standard at CES, however the class will probably be supersized this yr, each due to a rise in demand from the pandemic and the business step by step transferring on this course even earlier than.
“Search for quite a few well being options, particularly people who declare that they will let you know in case you are exhibiting indicators of doable an infection — raised physique temp, elevated coronary heart price and respiration — or in case you are socially distanced sufficient,” mentioned Ramon Llamas, analysis director at market intelligence agency IDC. “Or take a look at completely different disinfection options for the house, just like those that declare they will zap undesirable or harmful microbes in your telephone.”
Final yr’s transfer to online-everything — telehealth, working from dwelling, distant studying, streaming — will probably be a most important speaking level at CES, however so will tech’s function to higher assist these modifications.
With thousands and thousands of individuals staying dwelling, firms are hoping they’re going to add extra sensible gadgets and techniques into residing rooms, kitchens and elsewhere. Past merchandise like sensible fridges and washers, home equipment corresponding to robotic vacuum cleaners and air filters might get smarter with voice integration.