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Wednesday, January 4, 2023
CES 2023 officially kicks off tomorrow. Here’s what we hope to see.
The new year has officially begun, and that means crowded gyms, diets that will last about a week – at least in my case – and the most important tech trade show of the year: CES. The show, which officially kicks off in Las Vegas on Thursday, sets the stage for the various gadgets and gadgets that will hit consumers’ hands in 2023.
In previous years, companies have showcased everything from concept cars to virtual reality (VR) headsets and powerful new processors – and 2023 promises even more upgrades. This year also marks a return to normal for the big show as visitors from around the world descend once again on the bright lights of the Las Vegas Strip after two years of COVID lockdowns.
What kind of hardware can you expect from CES 2023? Read.
Electric vehicles and automotive technology
It’s been said before, but it’s worth repeating: CES may be the biggest tech show of the year, but it’s also every inch a car show. The West Hall Las Vegas Convention Center will feature 300 automotive exhibitors showcasing their latest and greatest vehicles and technologies. Two of the biggest brands on offer are BMW and Stellantis (STLA).
BMW CEO Oliver Zipse will give a speech before the show. The company itself is expected to unveil its latest concept car, as well as a mysterious “Dee figure” that the automaker may call its latest proprietary in-car AI platform.
Meanwhile, Stellantis CEO Carlos Tevaras will introduce the Ram 1500 Revolution electric vehicle concept and the Peugeot Inception concept car.
Then there are Sony (SONY) and Honda (HMC) who are expected to keep us updated on their joint electric vehicle efforts. The Japanese giants joined forces to form Sony Honda Mobility, Inc. earlier this year, and CES could prove to be the perfect place for them to showcase their vehicle to the masses.
But that’s not all. CES usually offers a look at any number of transportation technologies, be it flying taxis or electric watercraft, and we’ll likely see more of both at this year’s show.
And if you’re looking for crazy subwoofers and car audio accessories, CES is the place for you. Just remember to bring earplugs to keep your ears from ringing for the rest of the show.
AR/VR and the metauniverse
Facebook has changed its name to Meta (META) to emphasize its focus on the industry in 2021, and Apple (APPL) is expected to debut its first headset later this year. So it makes sense that the tech will be front and center at CES 2023.
From my inbox, companies from all over the world are heading to Las Vegas to give us insight into how they think the metaverse should evolve. (Looks like I can’t go an hour without tons of new metaverses or AR/VR presentations.)
Right now, Meta’s Quest 2 and high-end Quest Pro are getting all the attention in the AR/VR industry. But HTC, which currently offers three families of headsets on the market, is set to unveil new hardware that is likely to compete directly with Meta Quest 2.
The AR/VR industry is still in its infancy, especially when it comes to consumer acceptance, so it will be interesting to see what reception HTC’s headset will receive at the show.
Smart home technology is getting smarter
Every CES brings us many new types of smart home devices, from smart showers, lights and door locks to toilets with Amazon’s Alexa built-in. (Yes, you can talk to your toilet). with a wide range of smart home devices this year, the big change is that they should finally start working together.
That’s because manufacturers will start rolling out products compatible with the new smart home standard called Matter. So far, the smart home market has been a bit like the Wild West. When buying a smart home device, you need to make sure it will work well with your existing devices. If not, you can control various smart home products with a litany of different apps and voice assistants. It’s all quite annoying.
However, Matter aims to change that by offering a single standard that all manufacturers of smart home devices adhere to. So far, Google (GOOG, GOOGL), Apple (AAPL), Amazon (AMZN) and Samsung are all on board, which means if your gadget is Matter compatible, you can use it through those companies’ apps. Expect plenty of smart home makers to debut at CES 2023 in Matter devices.
New computers equipped with new chips
The PC and chip markets saw a slump in 2022 as fewer consumers had to buy new PCs after purchasing units at the beginning of the pandemic. But that doesn’t mean chip and PC makers are taking off CES 2023.
Intel (INTC) and Nvidia (NVDA) showcased their chips in Vegas, bringing more power and performance to both consumer and business products, and AMD (AMD) intends to do the same. Of course, that also means we’ll see plenty of new laptops and desktops from manufacturers ranging from ASUS and Acer to HP, Dell and Lenovo.
Gaming systems are always a hot option at CES as manufacturers can count on gamers to update their systems sooner than the average consumer. In other words, expect a hefty dose of backlit keyboards and sleek designs at this year’s show.
TVs as far as the eye can see
This year, for the eleventh time, I will discuss CES. Been in person 9 times and watched remotely in 2021 and 2022. Admittedly, I’m tired of walking around the salon for hours and rushing between the conference center and the hotel. But the only thing I still love about the show is seeing all the new TVs.
Over the years, I’ve seen a lot of new TV technology come and go. For example, 3D TV was a flop; others have proven extremely useful, such as high dynamic range. At this year’s CES, expect to hear more about 8K TVs, which are still completely useless unless you buy an absolutely massive panel, think over 70 inches, or are gamer who needs faster display refresh rates. Or have a lot of money to burn.
I’m hoping to get a better look at newer display technologies like microLED, which is set to power the TVs of the future as soon as its price drops to something more affordable than $80,000. There are also new, sleek designs like LG’s rollable TV. And it wouldn’t be CES without a company like Vizio or Hisense debuting a new high-end TV at a discounted price.
If only there was an easy way to sneak one of those bad boys out without getting caught.
By Daniel Howley, technical editor at Yahoo Finance. Follow him @Daniel Howley
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