CES 2018: The Biggest Tech Exposition is Almost Here

Reporters are preparing for Samsung’s showcase at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas on Monday, Jan. 8th, 2018. Photo by Tami Nguyen / BU News Service.

The first big technology event of the year is almost here. From January 9 to 12, the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas will be the meeting point for technology companies to showcase new products and tech trends they have been working on.

As in previous years, Boston University News Service (BUNS) has sent a team of eight journalists to cover the event. BUNS will be updating daily, bringing all the information about product releases, from smart fridges and closets to portable 4k laser projectors and smartphones.

CES is a trade-only event closed to the public that gathers around 184,000 people each year. This 51st edition is expected to have over 4,000 exhibiting companies and 1,200 speakers. The conferences have been divided into 9 topics: Startups, Sports, Robotics and Machines Intelligence, Product Design and Manufacturing, Internet of Things (IoT), Home & Family, Health and Wellness, Automotive and Advertising, and Entertainment and Content.

CES began in New York in 1967 as a way for dealers to see what was new and show those products in stores for the spring and fall seasons. Historically, CES has been dominated by Samsung, LG and Sony while thousands of startups show their products hoping to strike a deal to take their products to the big markets. Google, Amazon and Apple, the giant techs from Silicon Valley, are not usually around, launching their products at their own private events.

However, this year it will be different. Google will be venturing in several products in partnership with other companies. It is expected that television manufacturer LG will incorporate Google Assistant into their TVs and speakers so users can control them via voice.

Stay tuned on the BUNS website and social media for up-to-date stories about CES 2018.

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