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What to expect at CES 2016

Emma Clark

Published 30/12/2015 | 10:22

CES 2016
CES 2016

CES 2016 gets underway on January 4th, if you're a member of the press, and runs until January 9th. It looks set to be a busy show; here's what to expect.

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The New Year will only just be underway when CES 2016 kicks off, introducing us to the technology to come in the months ahead. There have been plenty of rumours as well as some official declarations as to what we'll see at the show. So here is a breakdown as to what you can expect from CES 2016.

Automobiles have been a common sight at CES over the past few years and this year looks set to be no different. BMW is set to unveil a gesture-based interface called AirTouch, which will let drivers control certain features with just a wave of their hand. Meanwhile, Kia and Mercedes are expected to detail, and perhaps even show off, their own foray into the world of self-driving cars.

Virtual reality is also expected to make a splash this year with some consumer headsets scheduled to be released. One headset that many people are intrigued by is the HTC Vive. The air of mystery surrounding the headset bumped up a notch recently when HTC revealed that it was delaying the release of the headset, and replacing its original model entirely, because of a major breakthrough. This breakthrough will be revealed at CES. Sony has PlayStation VR up its sleeve, while Oculus, which is set to release the Rift in Q1 2016, may take advantage of the interest in VR to reveal more details at CES.

Everyone and their mother seems to have donned a fitness wearable of some sort in the past few years. Fitbit will host a press conference on January 5th where it says it will share "some exciting news that is sure to ignite the world of health and fitness in 2016."

It's not only fitness wearables that will be given some floor space and time in press conferences. Both Sony and Huawei are expected to announce new wearables.

Sony has quite a lot planned for its press conference, it seems. Its invite indicates that we'll see TVs, tablets, camcorders, wearables, and maybe even a phone.

Tablets may be growing in popularity, but the laptop isn't going anywhere just yet. With Windows 10 available, we're curious as to what Dell will announce at its press conference on January 6th. Meanwhile, Samsung is tipped to unveil a range of incredibly thin and light Skylake Ultrabooks.

Will we see smartphones at CES? They aren't a focal point for the show, but that does mean it's a chance for a smartphone manufacturer to get some uncontested attention. It's likely that announcements will be held back until MWC in February. But then again, Sony has hinted that it may show a phone off and LG announced a phone at CES 2015, so maybe we'll get an early announcement or two.

CES 2016 will ring in the New Year for tech enthusiasts. It looks set to be quite the show. We can hardly wait.

CES 2016 Press Conferences:

  • Faraday Future press reveal: January 5, 3:30am GMT
  • Nvidia press conference: January 5, 4am GMT Tuesday
  • Fitbit press conference: January 5, 3:30pm GMT
  • LG press conference: January 5, 4pm GMT
  • Huawei press conference: January 5, 6pm GMT
  • Panasonic press conference: January 5, 6pm GMT
  • TCL press conference: January 5, 7pm GMT
  • Qualcomm press conference: January 5, 8pm GMT
  • Toyota press conference: January 5, 9pm GMT
  • Asus press conference: January 5, 9pm GMT
  • Hisense press conference: January 5, 9pm GMT
  • Samsung press conference: January 5, 10pm GMT
  • ZTE press conference: January 5, 11pm GMT
  • Dish and Sling TV press conference: January 5, 11pm GMT
  • Kia press conference: January 6, 12am GMT
  • Sony press conference: January 6, 1am GMT
  • Intel keynote address with CEO Brian Krzanich: January 6, 2am GMT
  • Netflix keynote address with CEO Reed Hastings: January 6, 4:30pm GMT
  • Dell press conference: January 6, 6:15pm GMT
  • GM keynote address with CEO Mary Barra: January 6, 9pm GMT
  • Samsung keynote address with CMO Dr. WP Hong: January 7, 5pm GMT
  • YouTube keynote address with CBO Robert Kyncl: January 8, 12:30am GMT

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