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CES 2017: What to expect

File photo of participants along a board outside the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Jan. 5, 2016. (REUTERS/Rick Wilking)

The eyes of the tech world will be firmly fixed on Las Vegas at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) starts next week.

CES 2017 will also mark the event’s 50th anniversary.

“One of the big themes is going to be connectivity,” Jeff Joseph, senior vice president for communications and strategic relationships at the Consumer Technology Association, which hosts CES, told FoxNews.com. “For example, the Internet of Things, vehicle-to-vehicle communication, voice-activated communication with things like Alexa and the Google Home page, and higher-value-content – 4K produced content that you can move from device to device.”

Companies like Samsung have been aggressively touting high-resolution 4K technologies, such as Tvs and smartphones, to help fuel the consumer demand for 4K content. Samsung will launch three new Smart TV services at CES announced this week.

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Another home entertainment technology for generating a lot of buzz is LG’s new Floating Portable Speaker, which will be on show at the CES.

The Internet of Things, which aims to connect with a wide range of consumer gadgets, is one of the biggest technology trends of the past few years. Carnival Corp. CEO Arnold Donald to use CES to showcase the cruise line’s efforts to improve the experiences of our guests by making use of the Internet of Things.

Interesting information is also on the deck around the content for augmented and virtual reality devices at CES, according to Joseph, as well as wireless charging for cars. “That is now possible,” he said. “They started to show some prototypes last year at CES, but I expected more to see this year.”

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The CTA executive also cites privacy concerns around cybersecurity and robotics technologies at the CES in 2017, specifically around personal assistant robots in the home. “The interactions are becoming more natural with things like voice activation, in contrast to the manual activation,” he told FoxNews.com.

“Another theme is around mobility,” he added, with attention to the rise of parking assist and driver alert technologies for cars.

As in previous years, the CES will offer a range of “marketplaces” where specific technologies are grouped around a theme, such as 3D printing, sports, technology, or drones. Some 39 companies, for example, show their products in the drone market. The show of the Eureka Park exhibit space, host approximately 600 startups, of 500 a year earlier.

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A new “Sleep-Tech market, launched in cooperation with the National Sleep Foundation, will also debut at the CES in 2017. “We will be more advanced sleep monitors that will help us track sleep patterns and technologies that help us to sleep better, such as, for example, mattresses with built-in sensors,” said Joseph.

“Beauty Tech” and “Baby Tech” markets will also for the first time at CES.

The show, which is spread across a number of locations in Las Vegas, will last 2.5 million square feet of space, the most in the case of the history. Some 3,800 exhibitors at the fair and an estimated 165,000 participants.

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This is a far cry from the show’s debut in 1967. “It started in New York with 117 exhibitors and 17,500 attendees. There was a lot of audio [technology], some color Tv’s, portable radios – these were all big breakout devices,” said Joseph FoxNews.com. “We have come a long way.”

One of the Keynote speakers at the CES 2017 are Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn, Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf and Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank.

CES runs from Jan. 5 Jan. 8, although a number of product announcements are expected during the show’s media day on Jan. 3 and Jan. 4.

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