What to expect from this year’s Consumer Electronics Show

Sabri Ben-Achour Jan 6, 2020
Share Now on:
HTML EMBED:
COPY
An attendee uses Sony's Playstation VR at the Sony booth during CES 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. David Becker/Getty Images

What to expect from this year’s Consumer Electronics Show

Sabri Ben-Achour Jan 6, 2020
An attendee uses Sony's Playstation VR at the Sony booth during CES 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. David Becker/Getty Images
Share Now on:
HTML EMBED:
COPY

The first Consumer Electronics Show of the new decade opens in Las Vegas on Tuesday, Jan. 7.

There will be around 4,500 exhibitors and many of them are likely to show off how they’re interpreting two technologies: faster 5G wireless networks and artificial intelligence, according to Steve Koenig, vice president of research at the Consumer Technology Association, which puts on the CES.

These “will really underpin much of the innovation we see transpire this year and across this coming decade,” he said.

A couple of concrete examples: announcements about intelligent connected electric vehicles, and probably a lot around smart homes, he said.

“Think about faucets, bathroom vanities, even toilets becoming connected and intelligent,” Koenig said.

Another concrete development around 5G we might see at some point is wireless TV, according to wireless analyst Jeff Kagan.

“You’re gonna be able to get pay TV to any device you have using the 5G wireless network,” he said. “That will change multiple industries.”

Finally, the show will probably also include upgrades to all the services we now get on our phones — everything from laundry pick up to ride hailing — enhanced by 5G and AI.

If you’re a member of your local public radio station, we thank you — because your support helps those stations keep programs like Marketplace on the air.  But for Marketplace to continue to grow, we need additional investment from those who care most about what we do: superfans like you.

Your donation — as little as $5 — helps us create more content that matters to you and your community, and to reach more people where they are – whether that’s radio, podcasts or online.

When you contribute directly to Marketplace, you become a partner in that mission: someone who understands that when we all get smarter, everybody wins.

We’re here for you.

As COVID-19 reshapes our economy, our newsletter will help you unpack the news from the day.