CES 2018: 8K TVs and artificial intelligence to take centre stage at world's biggest technology show

By Udit |Email | Jan 3, 2018 | 12939 Views

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) kicks off in Las Vegas next week, with technology companies from around the globe descending on "Sin City" to showcase their latest gadgets and offer a glimpse into our digital future.

From the camcorder and the CD player to the Xbox and the plasma TV, some of the best-known technologies of all time have debuted at CES, and some of the most famous industry figures have spoken at the event, including Bill Gates, Michael Dell and Elon Musk.

This year, the show will focus on the key themes shaping today's technology industry - including artificial intelligence, digital health, augmented reality and smart cities.

Here's everything you need to know about CES 2018.

What is CES?
CES is is an annual trade show organised by the Consumer Technology Association.

The first CES kicked off in 1967, with 250 exhibitors and 17,500 attendees gathered in New York City. Since then, CES has grown by more than 10-fold.

In 2017, CES attracted 4,000 exhibitors and 184,279 attendees, and covered more than 2.6 million square feet of exhibition space. 2018's show promises to be even bigger.

Although many technology companies such as Apple and Google now run their own events, tech giants like Samsung, Sony, LG and Panasonic continue to use CES to unveil their latest TVs, smartphones and home appliances.

However, often the most surprising innovations come from small companies and Kickstarter projects, in categories such as wearable technology, smart home devices and 3D printing.

Where is CES?

Las Vegas has long been the home of CES, with the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) acting as the focal point.

Over the course of the week, events will take place across the city, in many of the famous casinos including Mandalay Bay, the Bellagio, and the Wynn.

When is CES?
CES 2017 officially runs from Monday January 8 to Friday January 12. However, products will start to be unveiled from Sunday January 7, with many of the big announcements being made before the show starts.

Who will be there?
The event will feature keynote speeches from prominent industry figures including Intel chief executive Brian Krzanich, Ford chief Jim Hackett, Lyft co-founder and president John Zimmer and Randy Freer, chief executive of Hulu.

Many of the world's biggest consumer technology companies will also be unveiling their latest products at the event, including LG , Bosch, Huawei, Panasonic, Qualcomm, Toyota, Hisense, Samsung , ZTE and Sony.

What to look out for

8K TVs

You may still be weighing up the benefits of investing in a 4K 'Ultra HD' TV, but one company is already planning to use CES to showcase the first 8K TV.

LG has developed an 88-inch OLED TV screen that can squeeze a whopping 7680 x 4320 pixels onto the display - that's twice the resolution of a 4K display.

Smart speakers with screens

Amazon launched the Echo Show , its first smart speaker with a built-in display, at the end of last year, and is already preparing its second device, known as the Echo Spot .

Rumour has it that Google could unveil its rival device , codenamed 'Manhattan', at CES, allowing Google Home users to call up video clips with a few words.

Foldable smartphones

Smartphones are all much of a muchness these days, but Samsung has long been rumoured to be working on a foldable phone with two displays, thought to be called the Galaxy X .

The company's president has previously hinted that the new device will arrive in 2018, giving rise to rumours that it will make an appearance at CES.

Smart fabrics

Taking wearable technology to the next level, an official CES preview event revealed some interesting uses of smart fabrics, which integrate sensors into clothes.

These include smart underpants that reduce radiation from smartphones, as well as an intelligent scarf designed to cut down on air pollution.

5G connectivity

5G (the next generation of mobile networks after 4G) is a major theme of CES this year, because it is will provide the foundation for a new generation of smart technologies - from self-driving cars to drones and robotics.

The UK government is already investing millions in 5G , with the aim of making Britain a 'world leader' in the technology.

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