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From a new player in electric cars to the next generation of VR – what to expect from the world’s biggest tech event

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) at the Las Vegas Convention Center will be at full capacity for the first time since before the pandemic when it kicks off, raising the anticipation for what the likes of Samsung, Amazon and Sony might show off.

Never mind Adele’s residency, it’s the gadgets of the future that will be taking Las Vegas by storm this week.

Here’s a guide to what you can expect from the world’s biggest consumer technology event.

The CES show floor officially opens on Thursday and runs until Sunday, but plenty of announcements will come via news conferences hosted by major attendees on Wednesday.

The likes of LG, Sony, and Samsung will be livestreaming their events on their YouTube channels.

It does mean there’s plenty of room for smaller firms and start-ups to make their mark among the almost 3,000 companies attending, with a focus this year on sustainability and health gadgets.

Thousands of products will be on show at the convention centre, and familiar standbys like TVs, monitors, drones, and kitchen appliances will take up plenty of floor space.

Asus is teasing a laptop with a 3D display – and Samsung has already unveiled a camera-equipped oven that can recognise food and even livestream the view from inside to social media (take that, MasterChef).

Beyond those, here are a few key areas to keep an eye on:

Sony is best known for cameras, TVs, and its PlayStation division, but its most intriguing announcement at CES is related to its first venture into electric cars.

The Japanese tech giant entered into a partnership with compatriot carmaker Honda last year, and has all but confirmed that the fruits of that deal – almost certainly a self-driving vehicle – will be shown off this week.

Stellantis, which owns Peugeot, Vauxhall and Fiat, will have a major presence at the show, and BMW will also be hosting a keynote.

There’s no better time than the start of a new year to jangle enticing new fitness products in front of people, and exhibitors are likely to bring plenty of health gizmos to the show.

Among them are the Evie ring – a wearable aimed at women which can monitor heart and respiratory rate, and offer period and ovulation tracking.

A major shake-up in the smart home market late in 2022 may have gone under your radar, but opened the door to a potential deluge of new appliances.

Matter launched in November – it’s a new smart home standard which essentially allows all the different ecosystems (Amazon’s Alexa, Google’s Home, etc) to talk to one another, theoretically meaning that you can control every smart device in your home via your chosen platform.

Companies large and small are expected to take advantage and show off their wares at CES, from home security to cooking appliances, with Samsung promising a “new and expanded experience” for its SmartThings range.

Don’t bet on Meta itself having any announcements, but it will be hoping CES encourages punters to take a second look at its premium Quest Pro headset, which launched to mixed reviews at an eye-watering £1,499 in October.

Category: Technology

Source: Sky Technology

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