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CES trade show to spotlight big tech trends in 5G, self-driving cars, 8K TVs and more

Mike Freeman, The San Diego Union-Tribune on

Published in Science & Technology News

Some technology trends for the New Year are easy to predict, such as the continuing hype around faster, more reliable 5G cellular networks.

Others, however, are harder to forecast. What new artificial intelligence service will blossom to become the next Amazon Alexa or Google Home? Can self-driving car technology take a meaningful step forward?

CES, the sprawling consumer electronics trade show that opens Tuesday and runs through Friday in Las Vegas, may provide a clue when it serves up a first look at the hot technology trends for the year.

Will the rise of video streaming services accelerate following the successful launch of Disney Plus late in 2019? Are high resolution 8K TVs ready for prime time? What does the future hold for e-sports and smart cities?

Companies will launch products or demonstrate technologies in all of these categories and more at CES.

"The technology trends that are driving a lot of what is happening at the show is the rollout of 5G as well as artificial intelligence -- be it in transportation, health care and a variety of other industries," said Karen Chupka, executive vice president of CES for the Consumer Technology Association, which puts on the show. "Those two trends are showing up in almost all categories across the show."

 

CES is expected to bring 170,000 attendees to the Las Vegas Convention Center and nearby venues -- 60,000 of whom come from outside the U.S. Some 4,500 exhibitors will take over 2.9 million square feet for the show.

It is the world's biggest circus tent for consumer electronics, where all kinds of interesting technologies and cool gadgets vie for attention. About 40 San Diego area companies will exhibit, including cellular technology giant Qualcomm, Rancho Bernardo's Sony Electronics, gaming/e-sports outfit Turtle Beach Corp., mobile hotspot maker Inseego, and mobile health records provider Humetrix.

Over the course of the show, CES spotlights hot button issues in tech. This year it's privacy. Apple, which hasn't directly participated in CES for more than 20 years, has made privacy a focal point of its marketing. On Tuesday, Apple's Senior Director of Global Privacy, Jane Horvath, is scheduled to join Facebook Chief Privacy Officer Erin Eagan, U.S. Federal Trade Commissioner Rebecca Slaughter and others in a roundtable discussion on what consumers can expect in terms of privacy with their electronics.

Here's a look at some additional trends expected to be showcased at the show.

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