What to Expect at CES 2019

From robotic dogs to automatic toilet foot warmers, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is the place to be for anyone who loves the latest gadgets and gizmos. As the largest tech show in the world, CES manages to keep everyone in awe in Las Vegas — a city that’s known for surprises — and to show off the hottest new technology that gets better and better each year.

Such tech giants as Google, LG, Sony and Samsung make appearances to launch their most innovative products and services. With new products dropping nearly every hour throughout the four-day event, it promises to only get better as the show hits its stride.

Find out what to expect from CES 2019, which takes place Jan. 8 -11, 2019, and the hotly anticipated gadgets we’re dying to see.

Newest Trends

Voice-integrated technology is one of the biggest trends in the tech world at the moment, so we expect that CES 2019 will feature the tech that showcases the difference between voice-activated devices and a smart assistant. Last year, we saw Google Assistant compete with Amazon Alexa, showing how its continued development is closing the gap between the two.

Machine learning will take center stage as well, showing the small-scale integrations in different aspects of our life. Business-to-business technology, automotive, retail and workplace applications will likely be seen, taking machine learning from an abstract idea to its real-world purpose.

Technology is all about personal convenience, so expect to see new gadgets for personal security, health and wellness, and data privacy. Most exciting is the newest innovation: devices with self-control features that warn you when you’re spending too much time using them.

Virtual reality made a big splash in previous years, but the immersive breakthrough is happening with augmented reality. We expect to see AR integrated into mobile apps for games, messaging, travel, shopping and even specialist training, which will look to the future of the technology.

Finally, CES 2019 will bring the earliest signals of 5G, which promises to bring mobile connectivity at high speeds without the need for Wi-Fi. The standards have been defined, but the technology is still in its development stage, so we expect it to make its full splash in 2020. With such tech giants as Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Microsoft in attendance, however, it’s likely that these stirrings of 5G will attract a lot of attention.

Product Launches From the Biggest Exhibitors

Since its first show in 1967, CES has been the platform for thousands of product launches that marked milestones in technology’s history and evolution, including:

  • Videocassette recorder (VCR), 1970.
  • Laserdisc player, 1974.
  • Camcorder and compact disc player, 1981.
  • Compact disc, 1991.
  • Digital satellite system (DSS), 1994.
  • Digital versatile disk (DVD), 1996.
  • Satellite radio.
  • Microsoft Xbox and plasma TV, 2001.
  • OLED TV, 2008.
  • 3-D HDTV, 2009.
  • Tablets, netbooks and Android devices, 2010.
  • Smart appliances, 2011.
  • Ford’s Electric Focus, 2011.
  • Driverless car technology, 2013.
  • 4K UHD, virtual reality, unmanned systems, 2015.

With over 4,000 exhibiting companies, including developers, suppliers and manufacturers of consumer technology hardware and content, you can be among the first to set eyes on the next wave of life-changing products and services.

Keynote Speakers

CES celebrates innovators and the promise of technology. The keynotes feature global industry leaders to address the changes in the industry and the impact on consumers’ lives through technology.

For the pre-show, LG Electronics president and CEO, Dr. J.P. Park, will offer perspectives on the changing landscape of artificial intelligence (AI). With LG at the forefront of AI, the focus is on self-evolving products, seamless user experience and open-source platforms.

Then, the show opens with IBM keynote from the president and CEO, Ginni Rometty. Rometty will share her unique perspective on how responsible technology, combined with trust and transparency, can improve business and positively impact society.

Finally, AMD president and CEO, Dr. Lisa Su, will discuss the next generation of computing and how it will impact the gaming and virtual reality industries.

SuperSessions

With more than 300 sessions, CES 2019 SuperSessions will cover everything from key trends to emerging technologies that are poised to change the future of electronics.

SuperSessions will be available in the following tracks:

  • CMO Insights.
  • C-Space Storytellers.
  • Enterprise Solutions.
  • Future of Work.
  • Family Technology.
  • NexGen Audiences.
  • Innovation Policy.
  • Smart Future.
  • Smart Home.
  • 5G, Connectivity and Mobility.
  • Artificial Intelligence.
  • Technology in Transportation.
  • Digital Money.
  • Wearable Tech.
  • Service Robotics.
  • Digital Healthcare.

Featured Exhibit Areas

C Space at CES brings together the world’s marketers, creators and innovators to unveil disruptive trends and discuss the future of technology for brand marketing and entertainment. These new technologies change the way consumers behave, so C Space gives you an opportunity to learn from the industry leaders from top advertising firms and major studios through keynotes and panels.

Eureka Park is the place where investors go to find the next big thing, corporations go for their next big partnership and global media goes for the next hot story. Over 900 startups use this as a global stage for innovation, and CES has helped startups find over $1.5 billion in funding since 2012.

CES Sports Zone is a global arena for innovations in sports technology. With advancements that enhance smart arenas, eSports, athletic performance and next generation sponsorships, CES Sports Zone incorporates exhibit space with four days of conference programming that covers the themes that disrupt the industry and impact sports, both on and off the field. Such legends as Charles Barkley, Joe Montana, Michael Phelps and Shaquille O’Neal have made appearances at previous shows, so there’s no telling who may show up this year.

Smart Cities is the place to showcase applications that drive the urban environment, revitalize economies and improve the lives of urban consumers. Some of the most innovative minds in smart cities solutions meet with buyers, investors, the media and policymakers to introduce technology that improves sustainability, livability and mobility and get a jump on the emerging market.

The Design and Source Showcase is the destination for companies looking to exhibit and explore product design, product-to-market strategies and product sourcing to expand and grow business.

Whether you’re looking for your big break, you want to showcase your innovations or you want to source new products, this is the global marketplace in which new technologies are introduced.

Planning for CES 2019?

Drawing over 180,000 creative and technical leaders from all over the world, CES is an experience everyone should have at least once.

Aside from the awe of being at the center of the emerging technology trends for the new year, however, you still want to make the most of your visit. Here are some tips to be sure you reap all the benefits CES has to offer:

  • Plan ahead and set your goals: CES has a lot to offer, so be sure to check if the prospective clients you want to connect with will be there, and plan out the sessions, speakers or exhibits that are most important to you.
  • Prioritize: CES has 15 sessions and hundreds of speakers and industry professionals divided into technology groups. As fun as it would be to watch a demo of a robotic dog, be sure you hit the sessions and exhibits that are relevant to your industry and make as many connections as you can.
  • Take note of trends: At CES, you’ll see the earliest signs of technology to come, so take notes on exhibitor size and attendee engagement to get ahead of the competition.
  • Get ready to network: Like other conferences, CES builds networking right in, so be sure to prepare with business cards, demos and other promotional materials. You never know when your next potential client will be behind you in a line.
  • Budget: Exhibitor fees, hotels, travel, promotional materials and other aspects of the trip can add up, so be sure to set aside some of your budget for wining and dining prospective clients.

Get Ready for CES 2019 with Help from Xibit Solutions

If you’re in the consumer electronics industry, CES 2019 is the ultimate platform to showcase your brand, launch your latest products and build relationships with industry leaders. For over 50 years, CES has been a proving ground for innovators and emerging technology, and it has helped thousands of companies establish themselves in the industry, so you can’t afford to miss this.

If you’re planning to exhibit at the Consumer Electronics Show 2019, the largest platform for technology in the world, you’ll need to make a show-stopping first impression. At Xibit Solutions, our talented team has been raising the bar for trade show exhibits for over 20 years, customizing every step of your booth experience. From trade show logistics to graphics and design, you’ll find all your trade show design and installation services under one roof, so you can be sure your exhibit at CES 2019 is a success. Contact us today to start planning your exhibit for CES 2019!