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The countdown to the biggest tech show on earth is on. Held annually in Las Vegas, the 52nd CES is the place to be if you are interested in next-generation innovations.
They say “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas”- but not in this case. CES, which stands for the Consumer Electronics Show, first took place in 1967. In the 50 years since, thousands of products have been announced, including many that have transformed the lives of people around the world.
The show will run between January 8h and 11th, with press conferences set to start a couple of days earlier. Over 180,000 people will descend on the city, known primarily for its gambling, shopping, fine dining, entertainment and nightlife.
The 2.75 million-square-foot convention will host some 4,400 exhibiting companies, including manufacturers, developers and suppliers of consumer technology hardware and content. This will be accompanied by a conference program featuring more than 1,000 speakers.
Expect to see everything from self-driving technology and wireless to drones, to sleep technology, artificial intelligence and robotics. If you can imagine it, there is a good probability someone exhibiting at CES 2019 is already working on it.
Most big wearable tech companies will be there, apart from Apple that is. But don’t let this come to you as a surprise. The Cupertino outfit has been a no-show for years now, instead preferring to hold its own product launch events.
Here’s is a selection of companies that will be there.
Fitbit never fails to make a showing. The San Francisco outfit launched its second smartwatch, the Versa, last Spring and followed this up with an updated version of its most popular fitness device. Charge 3, which was announced in late-Summer, comes with a larger screen, water-resistance, improved battery life and an SpO2 sensor.
Looking forward, there have not been any credible leaks on what could be next. Flex 3 is a possibility as its predecessor was launched back in 2016. Fitbit Alta 2 and Ionic 2 are also candidates. But it’s equally possible the company uses the event, instead, to announce news on the software front.
We recently wrote about Fitbit’s new Sleep Score features. Still in Beta, the company is utilizing the relative SpO2 sensor on some of its devices to arrive at deeper sleep insights. Fitbit has yet to specify a date for the public release but we may hear more in Las Vegas.
Garmin is another wearable tech giant that is a regular at the event. Last year, it used the opportunity to announce the Forerunner 645 Music, a watch with built-in storage for music and Garmin Pay. But more than that, the company has been very busy in 2018, dishing out a slew of new wearables.
It is a fair bet Garmin will have something in store on the hardware front for CES 2019. It always does.
A watch in the Forerunner series that is rumored for a debut in the near future is the 245. An upgraded version of the 235, it is likely to resemble the 645 but with fewer features and performance metrics. A Forerunner 935 plus (or 945) is also a possibility. Fenix 6 is a bit of a long-shot considering we saw the release of the Fenix 5 Plusduring the summer. But we may see something new in Garmin’s fitness tracker line.
Another possibility is an entirely new device. A new Garmin sports-watch hit the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) in November. And there’s a mystery sport watch called MARQ. In June this year, Garmin registered the trademark in the category – Computer & Software Products & Electrical & Scientific Products/Jewelry Products. The accompanying documentation suggests that devices under this brand will feature GPS capabilities and a wide variety of fitness and navigation sensors.
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