Experts say 4K televisions, wearable technology and high-flying drones are set to dominate this year’s International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.
The annual technology event is set to showcase over 3,500 exhibitors including big tech companies like Sony, Samsung and LG.
For people who love the latest technology, CES is the place to be.
Visitors and tech experts are set to pour into the exhibition halls of Las Vegas this January, coming face to face with the very latest gadgets and gizmos the world has to offer.
The International CES is claimed to be the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies.
Organisers says this year’s event is set to attract 3,500 exhibitors, including manufacturers, developers and suppliers of consumer technology hardware, content, technology delivery systems and more.
There’s set to be more than 150,000 attendees from more than 140 different countries.
Having gained a reputation for dictating the year’s tech trends, it’s now the job of others in the industry to anticipate the key talking points for 2015.
“CES is the biggest consumer electronics show on the planet,” says Michael Gorman, the editor-in-chief of Engadget, a technology web magazine.
“And there’s always going to be phones and tablets and laptops and washing machines, the stuff that people know about. But there are tremendous amounts of technology that are maybe a little less useful, but are equally interesting and maybe even cooler than a lot of the stuff that you see. So, it might not be something that you’ll buy but it’s fun to know about. It’s the kind of things you see on Facebook or Twitter or whatever. It’s just like, this is insane. I can’t believe that this exists.”
According to Gorman, ultra-high definition 4K televisions are set to dominate this year.
With screens that house four times more pixels than regular HD TVs, many consider Ultra HD to be the future in terms of home viewing.
But so far, lack of content and high prices have meant many are yet to make the jump to 4K.
Last year, both Samsung and Sharp unveiled 4K models.
South Korean tech makers LG Electronics have already confirmed they’ll be showing off their new webOS 2.0 Smart 4K TV platform at this year’s event.
“Of course there’s always going to be lots about TVs,” says Gorman.
“4K, it was a big thing last year. I think it’s going to continue to be a big thing this year as well. I think it’s probably going to be more about content this year. The TVs already exist, the prices are coming down a little bit more. I think this year it’s really going to be about what are we going to watch on those big beautiful screens we’ve got.”
From rings to bracelets to watches and headsets, wearable technology is set to take on countless forms at CES 2015.
With South Korean tech makers Samsung having taken the plunge into wearable technology in the form of their Galaxy Gear smart watch, others are set to follow suit.
Many are expected to show off their own take on the wearable trend at this year’s event before US tech makers Apple release their own smart watch in early 2015.
“There’s a much larger opportunity in real wearable things, whether it’s rings and jewellery or actual clothing that has sensors,” says Gorman.
“There’s conductive thread that can actually make clothes have some electronic sensors built into them. So I think that’s really going to be the one that will break away from the wristband form factor.”
Whether it’s in your car or in your home, smart connected technology is set to get people talking in Las Vegas convention centres this January.
One of the overriding trends in technology last year was connectivity.
Automotive tech will also be a big talking point at the event.
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