New York (CNN Business)Disinfectant devices, next-generation health tools and robots that provide help to prepare dinner dinner.

Those are just a few of the numerous new merchandise anticipated to be unveiled subsequent week at CES, the annual splashy tech convention that usually units the tone for the most important tendencies of the 12 months. Home automation, well being and 5G will as soon as once more be buzzy subjects, however many corporations may also introduce pandemic-specific options to mirror our elevated time at house.

Each 12 months, reporters, exhibitors and traders usually discover Las Vegas showrooms crammed with large TVs, good vehicles and robots fixing martinis, however CES shall be on-line just for the primary time in its 54-year historical past as a result of Covid-19.

The Consumer Technology Association, the nonprofit behind the four-day occasion beginning Monday, mentioned 1,800 exhibitors from around the globe will fill its “digital venue” this 12 months — a quantity that is down considerably from 4,000 in-person exhibitors final 12 months. The transfer will enable tech corporations from nations who’ve by no means attended earlier than to participate within the on-line spectacle, however may additionally make it more durable for smaller corporations to get seen with out a bodily showroom sales space to encounter.

Registered attendees will be capable of stream (and re-watch) keynotes from corporations corresponding to Verizon (VZ) and General Motors (GM), tune in to breakout classes — about how, for instance, know-how is enjoying a task in vaccine deployment — and search via a registry of exhibitors to observe new product shows.

It’ll lack among the signature substances of the commerce present, corresponding to hands-on time with the newest devices, demos and networking. But the know-how that makes our lives extra related and handy will nonetheless resonate as we proceed to navigate a worldwide pandemic. CNN Business shall be monitoring all the massive bulletins after which some.


5G will dominate discussions at CES 2021 a lot because it did final 12 months.

Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg will kick off the present with a keynote targeted on what the corporate has realized from rolling out its 5G community and tease its future plans. And Anne Chow, the CEO of AT&T Business, is predicted to do the identical in a breakout session. (WarnerMedia, the mum or dad firm of CNN, is owned by AT&T.)

About 20 classes, as listed on CES’ web site, will dive into how 5G will reinvent varied industries, from vehicles and good cities to healthcare and farming. 5G-connected laptops may additionally make an look, in accordance with David McQueen, analysis director at ABI Research. Manufacturers, together with Dell (DELL) and Lenovo (LNVGF), have but to disclose their 5G plans, pricing and general methods and will use this week to put it out.

5G is right here in lots of our largest merchandise, together with the iPhone and Samsung Galaxy smartphones, however it actually has not reached what’s believed to be its potential but. These bulletins could provide a roadmap for the way it will get there.

Health tech

Health devices, health tools and wearables have lengthy been common at CES, however the class shall be supersized this 12 months, each due to a rise in demand from the pandemic and the trade regularly transferring on this path even earlier than.

Next-level wearables will transcend conventional monitoring, very similar to the one which claims to affect your desires. New health companies and tools that maintain you related to others may also floor, and there shall be no scarcity of devices that mirror how we stay now.

“Look for a number of health solutions, especially those that claim that they can tell you if you are showing signs of possible infection — raised body temp, elevated heart rate and respiration — or if you are socially distanced enough,” mentioned Ramon Llamas, analysis director at market intelligence agency IDC. “Or look at different disinfection solutions for the home, similar to the ones that claim they can zap unwanted or dangerous microbes on your phone.”

Digital transformation

Last 12 months’s transfer to online-everything — telehealth, working from house, distant studying, streaming — shall be a fundamental speaking level at CES, however so will tech’s position to raised assist these adjustments.

Microsoft (MSFT) president Brad Smith is predicted to debate increasing international broadband through the use of unused broadcast spectrum through the firm’s presentation, in accordance with Gary Shapiro, CEA president and CEO. Meanwhile, telehealth visits could get extra superior with new augmented actuality instruments, and a rumored chip from AMD may assist computer systems higher deal with multiplayer video games. Samsung (SSNLF) already introduced new Chromebooks — a less expensive different to higher-tier laptops — as hundreds of thousands of scholars be taught from house.

Smart house

With hundreds of thousands of individuals staying house, corporations are hoping they’re going to add extra good units and methods into residing rooms, kitchens and elsewhere. Beyond merchandise like good fridges and washers, home equipment corresponding to robotic vacuum cleaners and air filters could get smarter with voice integration.

According to ABI Research analysis supervisor Jonathan Collins, the pandemic helped enhance the enchantment of house care, social and academic robots, so we are able to anticipate much more of that this 12 months at CES, too.

Samsung Galaxy S21

Samsung’s Galaxy S21 launch occasion is not formally a part of CES, however the firm will use the convention’s final day to unveil three new smartphones. (It usually hosts its annual Unpacked occasion forward of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona — the primary main convention that was canceled final 12 months as a result of Covid-19). This 12 months, we’re anticipating the lineup to incorporate an improved digital camera, a flatter design and a decrease beginning worth.

– Correction: An earlier draft of this text misidentified CES and the Consumer Technology Association.