CES 2017: Fancy a levitating speaker or finger phone?
A LEVITATING portable speaker, 4K to 8K televisions, concept cars, drones and virtual reality are expected to feature at the 50th anniversary of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas next week.
Some of the biggest companies in the tech world, including Samsung, Sony, LG, HTC, Huawei, and Panasonic will show off their innovations to more than 165,000 attendees, including 7500 journalists.
Samsung will launch three new Smart TV services and is also expected to unveil new televisions and other gadgets.
LG's new Levitating Portable Speaker promises to amaze at the massive show which will take up 2.5 million square feet of space.
Gadgets for babies and pets, a smart strap that allows you to talk through your finger, personalised sound devices and even a high tech fashion show with augmented reality are likely to turn heads.
Virtual reality and the Internet of Things, which connects everything from fridges to home security and lighting to smart devices, are expected to remain big themes.
Health devices, sleep tech, beauty and baby tech, and even personal robots are also likely to attract plenty of scrutiny from government officials and investors.
A staggering 3800 exhibitors will be on show including major car makers including Nissan, Hyundai, Audi and Honda.
Electric carmaker Faraday Future, which showed off its concept car at CES 2016, is expected to unveil its first production car.
Keynote speakers at CES 2017 include Nissan chief executive Carlos Ghosn, Qualcomm chief executive Steve Mollenkopf and Under Armour boss Kevin Plank.
CES runs from January 5 to 8, although there will be plenty of product announcements during the show's media days on January 3 and 4.
Australian Regional Media's group digital editor Mark Furler will be reporting from the show next week.
Celebrating 50 years of CES
Since its start in 1967, CES has showcased an estimated 700,000 products.
These include the VCR (1970), the DVD (1996), digital radio (2000) and Blu-ray recording standards (released in 2002), as well as more recent technologies - consumer 3D printers, tablets and 4K Ultra HD Television.
Owned and produced by the Consumer Technology Association, the 50th anniversary of CES will celebrate the evolution of the industry in 2017.
"Only a few events and tradeshows have 50 years of success, and we are humbled to be in this elite group," said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, Consumer Technology Association.
"Over the past 50 years CES has evolved as the industry has changed, reflecting and helping drive the ever expanding consumer tech landscape.
The first CES was held in June 1967 in New York City, attracted roughly 17,500 attendees and featured 117 exhibitors demonstrating products such as transistor radios, stereos and small-screen black-and-white TVs, including the first solid-state TV.
Top companies exhibiting at the first CES included: 3M, Memorex (now MEM-CE), Motorola with Lenovo, Panasonic - Matsushita, Philips, RCA (now a Technicolor brand), SANYO Fisher (now part of Panasonic), Sharp, Sony, Toshiba, Westinghouse and Zenith (now part of LG).
Tech leaders have presented keynotes at CES, including Microsoft, Intel, Google, Apple, and Samsung.