In a few days, Las Vegas will come alive with all manner of technology in CES 2018.
This massive expo of 175,000 industry insiders, exhibitors and members of the media will converge on sin city in what will set the tone for the tech world’s next 12 to 24 months.
From startups to established players like LG, Ford and Samsung all will be competing for time in the spotlight to attract the attention of the market to showcase their future projects.
Here are a few key points we might see over the next week or so.
Smart Homes getting smarter
With last year ushering the Google Home into Australia, we can expect to see more options including the Amazon Echo a similar smart speaker to get into more homes. With these smart speakers offering a strong platform for home automation we can expect to see hardware and software become available that will plug into the Amazon and Google intelligent home systems. From sunshades to sports cars, we can expect to have more things around us talk back when we talk to them.
TVs will be the usual circus of one-upmanship.
With an early look at the latest monster display from LG we can see where 2018 will go. Named “The largest OLED set LG has ever made” this insane 88 inch display is capable of 8K resolutions. To put that in perspective your 1080p high definition TV uses a grid of 1920 by 1080 pixels or points of light to fill a screen. A UHD or 4K display uses 3840 by 2160 pixels. An 8K display has 7680 by 4320 pixels which is like sixteen HD displays acting as a single display. The other advantage OLED has over standard LED is that the pixels can actually be turned off as each pixel has its own light source. A standard LED display has a backlight behind the pixels which filter different colours or block light from passing through. This means that blacks on OLED are actually black instead of an LCD display’s dark grey with a little light bleeding through.
Wearables will be (more of) a thing.
This is an area with smart devices actually on your clothes or in devices that you actually wear. Think of the Google Glass or the new earbuds from Apple, Google and Nuheara.
Even smart watches and fitness trackers fall into this classification. This product line will continue to develop and work closer with health tracking as they become high level monitoring tools for individuals and health professionals. This kind of 24/7 monitoring of health metrics will give the medical field a constant history to assist with diagnostics.
This is just a small look at what we have seen in past CES and can expect to see at this years and most likely next years expos.