CES 2021: A preview of this year’s consumer electronics show
Each year, press reporters, exhibitors and financiers generally check out Las Vegas display rooms filled with huge Televisions, wise vehicles and robotics repairing martinis, however CES will be online just for the very first time in its 54-year history due to Covid-19.
The Customer Electronic Devices Association, the not-for-profit behind the four-day occasion beginning Monday, stated 1,800 exhibitors from around the globe will fill its “digital venue” this year — a number that’s down substantially from 4,000 in-person exhibitors in 2015. The relocation will permit tech business from nations who have actually never ever participated in before to participate in the online phenomenon, however might likewise make it harder for smaller sized business to get discovered without a physical display room cubicle to come across.
It’ll do not have a few of the signature components of the trade convention, such as hands-on time with the most recent gizmos, demonstrations and networking. However the innovation that makes our lives more linked and hassle-free will still resonate as we continue to browse an international pandemic. CNN Business will be tracking all the big announcements and then some.
5G will dominate discussions at CES 2021 much as it did last year.
Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg will kick off the show with a keynote focused on what the company has learned from rolling out its 5G network and tease its future plans. And Anne Chow, the CEO of AT&T Business, is expected to do the same in a breakout session. (WarnerMedia, the parent company of CNN, is owned by AT&T.)
5G is here in many of our biggest products, including the iPhone and Samsung Galaxy smartphones, but it certainly has not reached what’s believed to be its potential yet. These statements may offer a roadmap for how it gets there.
Health gadgets, fitness equipment and wearables have long been popular at CES, but the category will be supersized this year, both because of an increase in demand from the pandemic and the industry gradually moving in this direction even before.
“Look for a number of health solutions, especially those that claim that they can tell you if you are showing signs of possible infection — raised body temp, elevated heart rate and respiration — or if you are socially distanced enough,” said Ramon Llamas, research director at market intelligence firm IDC. “Or look at different disinfection solutions for the home, similar to the ones that claim they can zap unwanted or dangerous microbes on your phone.”
Last year’s move to online-everything — telehealth, working from home, remote learning, streaming — will be a main talking point at CES, but so will tech’s role to better support those changes.
With millions of people staying home, companies are hoping they’ll add more smart devices and systems into living rooms, kitchens and elsewhere. Beyond products like smart refrigerators and washers, appliances such as robot vacuum cleaners and air filters may get smarter with voice integration.
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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.