At this year’s CES consumer electronics show, better known as CES, companies hope to impress reporters, investors, and ultimately consumers with a flashy mix of smart assistants and smart cars, giant TVs and, of course, robots. Some of these products may make waves in the year ahead, others will likely be forgotten by the time the conference wraps up next week.
It’s been years since major tech players have made revolutionary announcements at CES. After all, many of the biggest companies, including Apple (AAPL), Google (GOOGL) and Amazon (AMZN), host their own product launch events at their respective headquarters. However, the event remains a key platform for some companies, especially startups, to launch new products and make some noise. More than that, CES typically helps set the tone for which tech trends stick for the rest of the year.
The lineup of companies getting stage time this year extends well beyond the usual CES headliners, including Samsung (SSNLF), Sony (SNE) and Panasonic. Impossible Foods, Delta and even John Deere are all readying announcements this year too, in a nod to how CES has grown beyond its roots.
Although we can expect a ton of oddball gadgets, here are the overarching topics likely to get the most attention out in the desert this year: 5G, Auto Innovation, Sex Toys, Privacy, Artificial Intelligence, TV and Streaming Services.