The world's biggest consumer electronics show has opened this week, kicking off a brand new year in the world of digital technology.
At the Consumer Electronics Show, more than 18-hundred companies will be showcasing their latest products and solutions, from dazzling TV screens and driverless cars to pizza-making robots and health care devices.
But due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the massive event is being held not in its usual Las Vegas venues but online for the first time in its fifty-four year history.
While we may be disappointed that we won't be able to touch and experience the new jaw-dropping technologies, there's still a lot to get excited about as the virtual experience unveils state-of-the-art gadgets and some of the biggest trends we can look forward to in tech in 2021.
To discuss all this, there's no better person to turn to than Jeremy Kaplan, Vice President and Editor-in-Chief of Digital Trends.
1.CES going online this year is it weird for you not to be at Las Vegas at this time?
2. Of course, among arguably the biggest attractions in the CES every year are the massive, dazzling TV displays. Last year, we saw rollable TVs, portrait mode screens and 8K TVs from Samsung and LG. What new trend do you expect from this year's TV lineups?
Do you think consumers are generally going to fork out for premium TVs like LG's bendable TV and expensive audio systems to get a more immersive experience at home where we're spending more time due to the pandemic?
3. How has the COVID-19 pandemic changed or affected the consumer tech market? You also said smart health devices and connected home gadgets were likely to grow last year. Has the COVID-19 pandemic accelerated this trend?
4. Also, we've seen a growing number of mobility companies participating in CES over the past several years. What can we look forward to this year?
5. We're talking a lot about 5G. It was first commercialized in 2019, the new iPhone 12 finally has it but it hasn't exactly taken off. Even in Korea, there are still doubts about the speed and connectivity. Will 2021 be the year that 5G finally takes off?
6. Samsung is unveiling its Galaxy S21 this week. Are you looking forward to it, and do you think it will face tough competition from Apple as the iPhone 12 now comes with 5G, and the new Galaxy is rumored to have the same processor chip?
7. Are we going to see CES become more and more about software rather than hardware? In that regard, is that something Korean companies need to improve?
8. If you had to pick three top buzzwords for tech in 2021, what would they be?
9. What are you personally look forward to seeing the most at CES or in 2021 in general?
This is where we'll have to wrap up our interview today.
That was Jeremy Kaplan, Vice President and Editor-in-Chief of Digital Trends joining us from New York City.