Tonight, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2018 officially kicks off in Las Vegas, with all the coolest and funkiest new products from the technology world on display. And you can expect it to knock your socks off.
While it’s hard to tell exactly what may be launched at the event, we do have a bit of an idea what kind of products we’re going to see, based on recent technology trends and rumours alike. So here’s what you can expect from this year’s event.
AR will replace the VR fad
When virtual reality first made it to the scene, it held promises galore for entertainment. Since then however, that interest has waned in favour of its cousin, augmented reality. We’ve seen just how popular the technology can get when applied right, as with Pokemon Go. So expect to see a lot more AR at CES 2018. Thanks to Google’s new ARCore platform and Apple’s ARKit, developers are chomping at the bit to release apps that can take advantage of the technology. Expect to see quite a bit more of that in entertainment, as well as online shopping. In addition, there may even be a couple more AR headsets on display, especially the most recent one from Magic Leap.
The smart home battle with voice assistants
It’s also the age of IoT, and you can expect quite a few new additions at CES 2018. This especially since developers now have three different platforms to work with, Google Home, Amazon Echo, and the Apple HomePod. Of course, Apple’s smart hub has yet to catch on like that of Google and Amazon, but you know there will be some enthusiasm from fans. It’s likely we’ll see a lot of new smart door locks, washing machines, light systems and more, with support for at least two if not all three platforms.
Self-driving and electric cars
CES has been the prime event for demonstrating new car concepts, over the past few years, and CES 2018 isn’t any different. In the past, that’s included vehicles with smart interfaces and the like, but now it’s all about either electric sports car concepts or self-driving car prototypes. Luckily, it looks like we’re also likely to see more about the technology inside them as opposed to just grand reveals. Tesla is obviously still the flashiest competitor here, and Faraday Future has fallen off the radar after a string of setbacks. But on the self-driving side, we may actually see an update from guys like Uber, Lyft, and Google, who are all competing in the field. And don’t forget NVIDIA’s Xavier SoC, the fastest chip ever made especially for driverless cars.
As far as artificial intelligence goes, we’ve already got our major players set up, as far as CES 2018 goes. But because of how good Google Assistant and Siri in particular have become recently, we can expect many more developers coming out of the woodwork to take advantage of their capability. There’s going to be the obvious overlap here with self-driving cars, but expect more robotics demonstrations, as well as AI being used in massive data analysis projects for web services.
Thinner, Lighter, Laptops
PC hardware is about to get a lot cooler and, hopefully, a lot cheaper as well in CES 2018. A swathe of great new games last year (looking at you PUBG) pushed gaming hardware and accessories further into the mainstream, and manufacturers are responding by attempting to make their products more accessible. On the other hand, new developments in chip technology by guys like Qualcomm mean our laptops will get lighter, and will have longer battery life.