The largest consumer electronics trade show, once called the Consumer Electronics Show and now simply CES, is set to take place once again in Las Vegas, Nevada, next week. Officially, the convention gets underway on Jan. 9, but press events and previews begin rather mercilessly on Sunday, Jan. 7.
The show, which started in 1967, now annually attracts nearly 200,000 people to the desert city, has been criticized for becoming rather rote in recent years, with unending minor updates to existing products, or fanciful concepts that never make it to the shelves. Some think this year will be different, but there’s only one way to find out.
Quartz technology reporters Mike Murphy, Dave Gershgorn, and Michael Coren, along with technology editor Matt Quinn, will be in attendance (follow each of them on Twitter for real-time updates). We’ll be there to wade through the e-junk and find out what new gadgets will be setting the tone for the year ahead in technology, and documenting it all on this very website. Here’s what we expect to see while in town:Read more ↓
More smart integrations
Last year’s most ubiquitous technology didn’t even have its own booth. Amazon’s Alexa, the voice assistant found in its Echo and Fire devices, was just about everywhere, with countless companies offering integrations to their own products, or even embedding the assistant in their own devices. It’s likely there will be yet more internet-connected devices at this year’s CES, offering apparently more convenience in our lives, although most of them are pretty unnecessary in truth. It’s also unclear whether any big players, like Google with its Home system, or Apple with Siri, will be able to catch up to the head start that Amazon seemed to develop after last year’s show.