CES — now in its 48th year! — has always been the premier showcase for new and emerging technologies. While several heavyweights, including Microsoft, have bowed out (and Apple never had a presence), the show is bigger than ever with 150,000 attendees in the last few years. This year will showcase several “blue skies” technologies, one or two emerging technologies, and possibly a few that just refuse to go away.
One of the key technologies making a huge splash in the printed (and digital) pages of ECN is the Internet of Things (IoT). It’ll be here sooner than we think. New York-based market research firm ABI Research estimates that, by 2020, more than 30 billion devices will be wirelessly connected to the IoT.
And judging by the pre-show press, OEMs will be touting IoT as one of the preeminent “next big things”.
CES will have host several related exhibits, including the Smart Home, Zigbee, and smart watches, and ECN’s own digital editor will get the scoop on all the various technologies and innovations enabling the IoT.
Of course, the largest gathering of consumer multinational corporations in the world has always been a convenient platform for the latest and greatest TVs and other white goods, and this year I expect to encounter curved displays, thin displays, 4K (or ultra-HD) displays, and even a few, lingering 3D displays (despite the public’s collective indifference).