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The Consumer Electronic Show (CES) helps you keep your fingers on the pulse when it comes to emerging technology trends. Since it launched in the 1960s, there’s been some game changing products unveiled at the show including the first VCR and Xbox. And who can forget last year’s news of the Toyota’s Woven City, a prototype community of the future which is to be built near Mount Fuji in Japan. This is where Toyota plans to create an experimental laboratory of future technologies from self-driving vehicles run on hydrogen fuel cells, robots, smart homes and new forms of personal mobility.
So what’s hot this year?
Self-driving car technology is still the talk of the town but despite the hype of Toyota’s Woven City in 2020, they are still to become mainstream. But once the pain-points are smoothed out self-driving cars are clearly the way of the future and it is no surprise that Mary Barra, the chairman and CEO of General Motors, was chosen to give this year’s key note address.
Intel’s Mobileye autonomous vehicle platform, Samsung’s Digital Cockpit initiative and self-driving vehicle company Aurora both had impressive showings.
You can find out more about self driving sessions from CES here.
TVs are thinner and 8K panels are more affordable
Get ready for next-gen consoles and more affordable 8K panels. 8K TVs are expected to generate US$3.3 billion plus in global revenue this year, according to Deloitte and that’s thanks to house proud early adopters who want all the mod cons when it comes to home entertainment.
Among those TVs getting thinner is Samsung’s customisable The Frame TV and you can expect tech companies to keep upping the ante on features.
2020 was the year of working from home and you could see this trend reflected in the features in the newly improved laptops. You’ll be seeing more in the way of webcams, battery life, OLED displays and more 5G options.
Gaming gear improvements
PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X were both released last year with new video game soles. Now it’s all about 3D-audio headsets.
Nvidia’s RTX 3080 mobile graphics card and a range of gaming laptops was something for gamers to get excited about.
Digital health and medical gadgets
Expect more medical gadgets with an emphasis on quick accessibility and convenience.
Deloitte research estimates home health care technology sales to rise will rise by almost 20% in 2021. This will mainly be in the form of medical-grade monitoring solutions and wearables.
Most tech lovers are already across self-care and DIY health technologies and there’s plenty of new products coming their way as well as new fitness trackers and smart home gym products. Check out these links: The Road to DIY Consumer Health, Next-gen Technologies to Transform Health Care and Samsung Health’s group challenge.
Key announcements At CES
ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG)
ROG Citadel XV online portal introduces viewers to the ROG gaming universe and brand heritage
Gaming laptops: Dual-screen ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE, gaming powerhouse ROG Strix SCAR 17 and ROG Flow X13 with external GPU
New monitor and peripherals: World’s first 32” HDMI 2.1 gaming monitor ROG Swift PG32UQ, ROG Claymore II keyboard and ROG Gladius III Wireless mouse
Debut of world’s first 360 Hz laptop display, new cooling technologies and first use of liquid-metal thermal compound on AMD mobile processors CPUs in mass-produced laptops
ZenBook Pro Duo 15 OLED: 15.6″ 4K OLED HDR NanoEdge display; 14″ tilting ScreenPad™ Plus; Intel® Core™ i9; NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3070 laptop GPU
ZenBook Duo 14: 14″ FHD NanoEdge display, 12.6″ tilting ScreenPad Plus, 11th Gen Intel Core CPU in a smaller form factor for effortless portability
Tilting ScreenPad™ Plus: 14″ and 12.6″ full-width secondary touchscreens with auto-tilt mechanism, ScreenXpert 2 software with new Control Panel creative tool
New ZenBook OLED models: All-new ultraportable 13.3″ ZenBook 13 OLED (UX/UM325) with an ultra-vivid OLED visual experience
New ultra-powerful ZenBook models: ZenBook Flip 15 (UX564) with 11th Gen Intel® Core™ H CPU; ZenBook 14 (UM425) with AMD® Ryzen™ 7 5800H CPU
Lenovo unveiled Yoga AIO 7 all-in-one desktop PC that takes up less space with a rotating display, unique LAVIE devices from NECPC, and new Lenovo monitors.
Plus the IdeaPad 5G laptop, family-friendly Lenovo Tab P11 tablet, and Amazon Alexa Show Mode debuts on select Lenovo PCs.
Planned partnership with Google to bring Stadia to LG webOS smart TVs in the second half of 2021, making LG the first TV manufacturer to natively support Stadia gameplay via webOS.