The world’s largest technology convention is back, and it wasn’t only the tech giants that were making waves. The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2018 opened 9 Jan in Las Vegas on the Sin City’s first rainy day in over 116 days, creating problems for many exhibitors.
In the most extreme case, Google had to shut down its massive outdoors booth due to water leakage. You’d think that its designers would check the weather forecast and ensure that a mishap like this wouldn’t have happened, but it is its first CES after all. Nevertheless, Google more than made up for it with the array of partnerships it announced at the trade show – LG, Lenovo, Sony, and JBL will have Google Assistant built into one or more of their upcoming devices, and that’s a coup against its main rival, Amazon, in the fight for dominion in a smart home.
On the second day, the rain caused a power outage that lasted almost two hours, leading to a mass evacuation of the attendees from the Las Vegas Convention Centre. These were just some of the many setbacks that the tech world faced since the year began, starting with the Meltdown and Spectre, two major security flaws that affect almost every device that came out in the past 20 years – and we’re only wrapping up the second week of 2018.
However, as the industry has proven time and time again, it is resilient in the face of adversity. And the collaborative nature key players possess will be what makes tech great again in 2018. So when you have the greatest technological minds gathered under one roof, you can be sure that it’s going to be a spectacular convention.
There’ll be hits and misses, and some products won’t even make it onto the mass market. But CES is about paving the way for future technology, setting the foundation for what’s to come next. So here is our roundup for CES 2018, with special appearances by some of our predicted tech trends of this year.