Oooh, Shiny: Next CES Las Vegas Opens Jan. 6
With the next International Consumer Electronics Show right around the corner, the event is already making plenty of headlines. Set to run from Jan. 6 through 9 at the Las Vegas Convention and World Trade Center and several major hotels, the 2015 International CES will feature a host of new product unveilings. So far, we know to expect debuts for Sony's smart eyewear, new app-enabled cars, LG's quantum dot televisions, and lots of smart appliances for the home.
In addition to show floor exhibits, keynote speeches and the annual CES Innovation Awards, the program will include an international matchmaking reception for U.S. companies looking to do business overseas, an Extreme Tech Challenge in which startups can pitch their ideas to Virgin CEO Sir Richard Branson, new Wearable Tech Awards, and an open call for the entrepreneur-focused TV show Shark Tank.
Among the keynote speakers set to appear at the 2015 show are Boo-Keun Yoon, President and CEO of Samsung; Brian Krzanich, CEO of Intel; John Chambers, Chairman and CEO of Cisco; and Margo Georgiadis, president of Americas for Google. The event is expected to attract thousands of exhibitors at two major locations: CES Tech East and CES Tech West.
3D Printing to Wearables
First held in New York in 1967, CES has been a launching platform for some of the biggest consumer electronics innovations to have hit the market in recent decades. Among the products that made their debut at the event are the VCR, the interactive compact disc, Microsoft Xbox, Blu-ray discs, 3D HDTV and the 3D printer.
Last year's show attracted 160,498 attendees from more than 140 countries and featured 3,673 exhibitors on nearly 2 million square feet of floor space. More than 20,000 new product announcements were made during the conference.
The coming CES will highlight a range of consumer products, from 3D printing and electronic gaming to health/biotech, robotics, smart home devices and wearable tech.
From Drones to 'Enviro-Trackers'
We reached out to Allie Fried, senior manager of international communications for the Consumer Electronics Association -- sponsor of CES -- to learn more about what can be expected.
"We expect the 2015 CES to be very on par with the 2014 show," Fried said in an e-mail. "We are expecting more than 150,000 attendees from 140 countries and approximately 3,500 exhibitors spanning 2 million net square feet of exhibit space, which is up from last year's 1.9 million."
Like the 2014 show, the 2015 CES is expected to see announcements for some 20,000 new products. Among some of the new products being unveiled, Fried said, are the Airdog, a drone that allows attachment of the popular GoPro action camera line; Everykey, a wristband device that replaces keys and passwords; the Fuel 3D Scanner, which allows users to create a 3D model of "virtually any object"; the NeuroMetrix Quell wearable pain-relief device; the Oculus virtual gaming system; the Prima-Temp OvuRing wearable sensor to help women conceive; and the ZUtZ Labs portable robotic printer.
Among the hottest tech trends expected at the 2015 show, Fried said, are fitness/tech, health and wellness; Internet of Things (IoT) connected devices; gaming/augmented reality, and a 4K UHD TV.
Startup companies that will be showcasing their innovations include Stonecrysus, a weight- and fitness-monitoring app and wearable; the "enviro-tracker" Tzoa; and Droplet, an Internet-controlled system for precisely delivering water to plants without waste.
Posted: 2014-12-23 @ 4:49pm PT
Battery technology. All, the ‘fancy’ gizmos are neat. But, every one of them needs a power source. So I’m most interested in some new battery technology, please. Whoever does it, will have the world's ears, for a while.