CES 2021: what can we expect in this virtual edition | Digital Trends Spanish
TVs as thin as paper that fold like newspapers. Robots that can destroy you in ping pong. Eight pound mechanical suits. CES has never disappointed in showmanship, but the biggest hits have always had one thing in common: you have to see them to believe them. That will be a bit more difficult now that CES 2021 will be able to be experienced online only, but if there’s one industry you can trust to adapt to digitization, it’s, you know, the industry that invented digital. With the end of the year holidays already in the past and January starting, the new fully virtual CES 2021 is almost here.
Sure, we won’t be flying to Las Vegas, nor will we be camping in conference rooms or drinking stale coffee this year, but you can bet on Digital Trends in Spanish We will cover the virtual show fully and comprehensively as always. If the rumors we’ve heard from manufacturers are any indication, there will be plenty to feast on. This is what we expect from all corners of the industry in CES 2021.
A cleaner and smarter home
Smart homes have seen tremendous growth over the past year, primarily because of how individuals and families continue to explore this new way of working and learning from home. However, CES 2021 should generate even more concrete smart home solutions that are adapted to current conditions. Sales of smart speakers, air purifiers, and robotic vacuums have increased during the quarantine, so we anticipate a continued focus on keeping people safe and comfortable at home.
We can expect innovations in home security systems, robotic vacuums, small appliances, and charging and lighting solutions. Just last year, germ-killing blue light technology was rolled out to almost every home device you can imagine. For many people, keeping their home safe now also means keeping it clean, and sometimes clean denotes “hands-free.” Remember the smart toilet with built-in Alexa?
Many of the established brands in the smart home space will not be present at the big show, however smaller firms often attract more attention for thinking outside the box, especially when it comes to multifunctional products.
Laptops by the lot
There’s a lot about CES 2021 that is unknown, but there is one thing you can count on: lots of laptop launches. PCs have enjoyed a surprising increase in sales thanks to the quarantine and it is to be expected that laptop manufacturers will double that.
Companies like Dell, Lenovo, HP, Asus and Acer are sure to bring a variety of new laptops to the show. From gaming computers to business PCs, there will be no shortage of new laptops debuting at CES.
Beyond laptops, you can also expect these companies to showcase accessories and gadgets created to enhance working from home. Telecommuting and mixed offices are not going away anytime soon and these companies have been quick to shift their focus to support this drastic change.
Lastly, the dynamic rivalry between Intel and AMD, and of course, Nvidia, is always on the horizon at CES. Each has scheduled press conferences, with AMD taking the spotlight with an official presentation from CES. The balance of power between these companies is constantly changing and this event is always important to set the tone for the entire year.
The guts of the next mobile device
For a few years, CES hasn’t been a huge event for mobile devices, but there are still many products and innovations to see that point to the next trends. Several big names may be skipping CES entirely, but in any case, they probably wouldn’t have made big announcements either.
So what should you expect from mobile devices at CES? The focus really is on component innovations like cameras, displays and sensors that could be included in the next generation of foldable phones, tablets and devices. It’s easy to expect new low-end phones focused on a low budget, which will complete a company’s portfolio for the year. However, if the rumors stick, all that could change if Samsung gives a small sample of the upcoming Galaxy S21 during the show.
The only area where we might see a typical variety of products is in the wearables space, as CES has earned a reputation as a health and fitness event. There are likely to be new smartwatches, sports bracelets of all kinds, and the usual quota of glasses with eccentric concepts.
The dominance of high-end televisions
Historically, televisions have taken center stage at CES and this year will be no exception, even if that stage is virtual. Samsung already announced a 110-inch MicroLED TV ahead of the event and we’re likely to hear about more models. On the other hand, after leading the way with another TV technology, Mini-LED, TCL will see competition from other major TV brands and its own Mini-LED TVs.
The HDMI 2.1 port, after infiltrating select high-end TVs in 2020, will also see more widespread adoption, bringing lower-priced TVs with a host of features ideal for video games. And while it’s still in its early stages of implementation, ATSC 3.0, also known as NextGen TV, will make its presence known as more TVs with built-in ATSC 3.0 tuners are announced. This year’s theme is the massification of high-end television technology.
The path to autonomy
Automakers no longer need to reserve space at CES to showcase their electrification projects – electric and hybrid cars are already in showrooms across the country or scheduled to arrive there in the next few years. Autonomy is the next frontier for many companies and it is a topic we hope to hear a lot more about during CES 2021. While the technology is better than ever, there is still a lot of work to be done and there are many obstacles (including regulations) that are yet to be have been overcome.
The way users interact with their car, either as a driver or as a passenger, will evolve significantly during the 2020s. Infotainment systems will learn new tricks and allow, for example, to shop or play video games from the dashboard. automobile, and these advances will go hand in hand with autonomy. Looking ahead, in five to 10 years, your car’s touchscreen will offer the same feature set as your smartphone. It all starts at CES.
Oddities of all kinds
One of the most exciting parts of CES is the strange and unexpected technology that appears on the show floor and captures the world’s attention with a novel demonstration. It happens every year. Last January, for example, we stumbled upon a hydroplane-type electric bike and an incredibly skilled robotic prosthetic arm.
This year, there will almost certainly be some strange announcements along these lines, but as CES 2021 will be a significantly smaller event than the previous years, the strange and unusual devices will be slightly less in number.
But do not worry. Despite this year’s low exhibitor count, we know in good faith that there are still a number of odd teams ready to debut. Unfortunately, we can’t provide details yet, but be prepared for oddities like kitchen robots, VR workstations, and one-handed drone controllers. The strange and wild technology will be fully on display at CES 2021.