Christmas is just mere hours away, if that is something you celebrate, but my mind is really on CES 2019. CES, for those of you who don’t know is the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. It has a show floor that spans at least three venues and runs from Tuesday, January 8 – Friday, January 11. But, if you’re going to be in Las Vegas early, you will be in luck. The conference actually gets started on Sunday, January 6, followed by a full day of press conferences on Monday, January 7.
The good news is that we’re slowly starting to find out what’s going on at CES now, so you can start your planning in advance. Have a look below to see what has been announced so far.
Sunday, January 6
Sunday is the first of two media days , when companies make the bulk of the major announcements at what’s coming in the year ahead. Which companies are making announcements?
- Schaeffler Group (1 pm PT): The
ShaefflerGroup will premiere the Schaeffler Bio-Hybrid, which is a new form of personal urban mobility. The company is also working on solutions for sustainable urban mobility.
- iFLYTEK (2 pm PT): iFLYTEK dubs itself as “the largest speech technology and artificial intelligence public company in the Asia-pacific region”. What it will be revealing at CES is unknown at this time, but I guess we’ll have to wait to find out.
- Proctor & Gamble (2 pm PT): When you think of technology, Proctor & Gamble might not be the first company that comes to mind. But with labels like Duracell, Braun, and Oral-B in its portfolio, it will be interesting to see what they have to unveil.
- Byton (3 pm PT): In 2018, Byton unveiled its electric car concept, which they said they were planning to put into production in 2019. I
guess,we will find out if they’re ready to hit those marks or not.
- Nvidia (8 pm PT): CEO, Jensen Huang will unveil “amazing new technology innovations”. What does that mean exactly? That remains to be seen, but in 2018, they had a couple of new things for gamers to get excited about including the BFGD (Big Format Gaming Display), which is a 65″ G-sync display with a 4K resolution, HDR support and built-in Nvidia Sheild streaming features.
Monday, January 7
On the second media day, the number of press conferences and keynote addresses really picks up.
- LG Electronics (8 am PT): LG has already announced a 17″ laptop and a 14″ two-in-one, so there is no doubt that what they will reveal will be incredible.
- Bosch (9 am PT): Expect big announcements of “innovative solutions for smart homes, smart cities, connected mobility, and connected manufacturing”. Bosch showcased a wide variety of sensors, software, and services including automated valet parking, an end-to-end display for car cockpits and a robot vacuum with AI and Alexa.
- Toyota (1 pm PT): Toyota Research Institute (TRI) debuted the third iteration of its autonomous research vehicle during CES 2018, as well as its e-Palette concept autonomous vehicle platform. We expect more announcements like these at CES 2019.
- Samsung Electronics (2 pm PT): Samsung is always good for a nonstop parade of TV, appliance, smart home, PC and home audio announcements at CES. What we won’t likely see is the next iteration of their smartphone. That is usually announced in late February.
There is lots more happening at CES this year. These are just the highlights for those of you keeners who go early. The conference officially kicks off less than two weeks away. For those of you who are going – enjoy and let us know your favorite announcement of the conference.