Tech firms from around the world will descend upon Sin City this week
The Consumer Electronics Show kicks off in Las Vegas tomorrow. Tech companies from all over the world will descend upon Sin City to show off the next was of products.
Brands we all know and love such as Sony, Samsung and Panasonic will be there along with other manufacturers we've never heard of. CES is where many tech announcements are made and these companies show off the technology we'll all be using in years to come.
So what can we expect?
Google, Amazon and Apple have shown how connected technology makes our lives easier. Brands such a Belkin make connected lightbulbs and plug sockets. CES is where the next stage of innovation is on show. Samsung and Intel are among the ones to watch in this category. This isn't Jetson-esque, fifty or sixty years in the future. This is technology that will be in our homes and lives later this year.
2016 was a strange year for wearables. While many of us bought FitBits and Garmin trackers to monitor our health, a number of 'experts' wrote them off as a thing of the past. It'll be interesting to see what the manufacturers have to offer in this category. We could see an end to the traditional wrist-based wearable and the emergence of "hearables", basically smart headphones.
Car tech takes up more than 200,000 square feet of exhibition space at CES. We can expect to see some interesting developments from some of the big names such as BMW and Toyota, to name a few. It's expected that we'll see a large number of devices that will take that slightly older car you have and make it smart.
No matter what part of CES you visit, you're never far away from a fancy new TV. While there will be plenty of floor space allocated to TVs, it's hard to imagine any great innovation in this area. Samsung are bringing the TV back into the home and with their focus now on the smart-home, it'll be interesting to see what they have up their sleeves. LG are also ones to watch.
The weird stuff that comes out of CES is far superior to the weird stuff that comes from any other tech conference in the world. Already this year (and it hasn't even kicked off yet), we're hearing about a new device that allows children to create their own bed-time stories and multi-personality robots.
We'll bring you the very latest from CES throughout the week. You can follow my time in Las Vegas here.