With the close of New Year’s festivities comes the launch of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the biggest event in the tech calendar, showcasing the latest developments in robotics, smart homes, TVs, cars and smartphones.
CES is seen as a guide for some of the biggest upcoming tech trends, such as smart homes, self-driving cars and virtual reality.
For more than 50 years the annual event has revealed some of the biggest new consumer products and innovations. Held in Las Vegas, Nevada, the show runs over four days from Tuesday to Friday, although many tech companies reveal their new products to the media from the weekend.
CES has seen unexpected successes over the years, such as the launch of Tetris in 1988, as well as big reveals such as the Xbox in 2000. However some big names, including Apple and several major smartphone makers, do not use CES to launch new products, preferring their own events.
When and where is it?
CES has been held in Las Vegas, Nevada, in its current format since 1998. This year the show runs from Tuesday January 9 to Friday January 12. The show lasts for four days for ordinary visitors, while media briefings and press conferences are held over Sunday to Monday.