Discover out what massive tech information is predicted on the all-digital CES 2021 this week.
This yr’s CES is all digital, however there’ll nonetheless be loads of cool expertise on show through the occasion, which runs from Jan. 11-14.
Final yr at CES 2020, there have been 4,419 exhibiting corporations and 171,268 attendees. This yr, there’s lower than half that variety of exhibitors, with 1,967, and plenty of corporations that take up numerous exhibit area corresponding to Google, Ford, Toyota, Honda and Blackberry aren’t even taking part in CES 2021. The businesses which are taking part nevertheless, shall be showcasing numerous revolutionary new merchandise regardless of the occasion’s all-digital format.
TechRepublic’s Editor-in-Chief Invoice Detwiler, Affiliate Managing Editor Teena Maddox and UK Editor-in-Chief Steve Ranger talked to Reporter Karen Roby to debate the highest developments to search for at CES on this most uncommon of years.
SEE: Gartner’s high tech predictions for 2021 (free PDF) (TechRepublic)
Development 1: Well being, wellness and office security
As places of work reopen world wide, and vaccinations are made obtainable to everybody, public areas will reopen at a larger tempo. Know-how distributors, even ones which have by no means performed on this area earlier than, are introducing services and products to assist people and firms get again to the brand new regular safely, Detwiler mentioned.
Ranger mentioned, relating to healthcare and wellness, CES 2021 shall be a showcase for “how corporations suppose expertise will profit or change society.”
Development 2: Know-how for mixing work and private lives
Distributors at the moment are designing merchandise that bridge the hole between work and private lives. Individuals have usually used their laptops and telephones and tablets for each work and private, however now there are particular merchandise for that market. “For a yr, we have been figuring out of our properties, and that pattern in all probability is not going to go away anytime quickly for lots of people,” Detwiler mentioned.
Development 3: 5G will develop into extra mainstream
That is a type of developments that is not going away anytime quickly. Detwiler identified, “it is not going to utterly substitute our 4G infrastructure anytime quickly, however nonetheless, 5G is a type of enterprise applied sciences that underpins numerous the tip factors, these sensible devices, the sensible residence tech, autonomous automobiles, telemedicine, all these applied sciences which are on show at CES want a approach to talk with themselves, with the cloud, and 5G, particularly when mixed with tech like edge computing actually has the potential to supply virtually actual time communication and knowledge switch.”
Development 4: Improvements in how folks work together with desktops and laptops
Because the pandemic has modified how and the place persons are working, with many both working totally from residence, or principally from residence, persons are interacting with their desktops and laptops in new methods. Up to now, innovation has been closely targeted on smartphones and wearables. Corporations that show “improvements round making these sorts of interactions higher” are exhibiting there may be nonetheless life left in laptops and PCs, Ranger mentioned.
Development 5: All about EVs (electrical autos) and autonomous driving
That is the yr of EVs, with Ford bringing out the brand new all-electric Mustang, Tesla hitting it is 500,000 aim on automobiles manufactured and delivered for 2020, and loads of different automobile producers getting on board. The Worldwide North American Auto Present was cancelled final yr, and it will not happen till late June this yr, so there’s numerous pent up information from the automotive trade and CES 2021 is the place to let it out, regardless of some high auto producers not taking part within the present, Maddox mentioned.
A number of auto accent makers are debuting heads up shows and different options for customers. John Deere is introducing an AI and robotics-powered tractor at CES, too.
Development 6: Mobility information will dominate
Cellular World Congress is often proper round CES time, so massive mobility information is saved for that occasion in Barcelona. Not this yr. MWC was cancelled in 2020 because of the pandemic, and it is pushed till June 28 this yr. So corporations corresponding to Samsung and Motorola are profiting from the timing and showcasing their new cellular units throughout CES week. Samsung is even holding Samsung Unpacked, with the brand new Galaxy S21 telephone unveiling, on Jan. 14, within the midst of CES 2021. There’s additionally a plethora of mobility equipment and units for customers, Maddox mentioned.