High Expectations Ahead of the Consumer Electronics Show, 2017

Consumer Electronics

Expectations are reaching fever pitch ahead of the much-anticipated Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2017. The annual event, which is slated for early next week in Las Vegas, will bring together leading tech firms that showcase their innovative products to the world.

The upcoming event marks the 50th anniversary of this highly-rated event that has formed the springboard of hundreds of revolutionary consumer electronics products. The first CES was held in New York back in 1967, with slightly more than 250 companies showcasing their then revolutionary products to an audience of about 17,000 people.

In the much-anticipated event, leading tech giants are expected to showcase their new products to the world. Also, leading tech CEOs are scheduled to give keynote addresses that many believe will set the agenda for the consumer electronics industry in 2017. Some of the leading industry chiefs who will give keynote addresses during the upcoming event include the following Carlos Ghosn of Nissan, Steve Mollenkopf of Qualcomm and Richard Yu of Huawei.

Apart from addresses from leading industry CEOs, participants expect to see a broad range of new products from leading technology firms during the event. Traditionally, companies have used the event to announce their new products. This tradition has been maintained for years regardless of the approach that some tech companies such as Google and Apple have used in the recent past of announcing their new products at in-house events.

One of the main things that consumers will be waiting to hear during the event is the revolutionary 5G technology. It appears that there is a consensus among observers, experts and industry players that connectivity is the basis for the current trends in the consumer electronics industry.

Gary Shapiro, the CEO of Consumer Technology Association, says,

Many current and future innovations rely on connectivity for their performance.

Thus, although developers are still refining the 4G technology, it appears that consumers and experts alike are anticipating the future when the 5G technology will be rolled out and how this will affect the lives of consumers.

Apart from connectivity, consumers are expecting radical exhibitions about new car models. In the recent past, tech companies have been competing to test driverless cars on real roads. In the recent past, Uber, a Taxi hailing app, controversially tested its self-driving cars in the streets of San Francisco, much to the chagrin of the authorities who insisted that the company did not have proper licensing at the time.

Other tech giants such as Google and Ford have been working on commercialising self-driving cars for years now. It is likely that these companies will showcase some of the advances that they have made on this front.

And in what many consumers may see as something ingenious, Shapiro says that this coming event will be characterised by exhibitions of radical sleeping technologies.

‘Companies have been working to develop different types of products such as sleep trackers and smart mattresses to help consumers sleep better,’ he said.

It will be interesting to see how these various exhibitions perform in the event that is slated for the 5th to 8th of January, 2017.