Got batteries? Outage stalls giant tech show in Las Vegas

Got batteries? Outage stalls giant tech show in Las Vegas

If CES is a success for the guys, the product could hit the market to create videos games, movies and shows and could even highlight Tampa Bay area tourism.

Artificial intelligence (AI) is set to be the overriding focus of 2018's show, which opens its doors on Tuesday 9th January, as companies scramble to piggyback on the extraordinary success of Amazon's Alexa digital assistant on a consumer level, and the incredible capabilities of Google's Deep Mind AI division in the field of scientific research.

In addition to cutting-edge consumer technologies, this year's CES attendees can also - as usual - expect to see offbeat, concept, and odd innovations. This year, more than 900 start-ups will exhibit at Eureka Park, a 50 per cent increase on last year.

"After coming to CES for so many years with all of the power draw that this show puts on, I was surprised that happened because it's never happened before to my knowledge", says Tim Alessi, head of home entertainment product marketing for LG Electronics USA. Will your next shower head be an Alexa, Bixby or Google Assistant? We also saw Amazon's Echo range given a new lick of (technological) paint - definitely symptomatic of a big rejuvenation of the smart home industry.

"These devices are growing rapidly with lots of consumer interest", said Mike Vorhaus, president of Magid Advisors consultancy. They could be used the aid performance, help injury recovery or to give real-time updates on an athlete's performance during a big game. eSports will also have a presence in the sports section. Like always, companies are going to be showing off their fancy new sets that you'll be drooling about in January, but will have to wait until Black Friday so you can actually afford them. This year, thanks to AI, voice interfaces and advanced sensors, robots are inching closer to becoming useful. That is because the focus has changed from the most recent vehicle design and the way in which they drive to the tech inside. That will consist of matters like low-latency portable broadband in your auto. Numerous products will be quickly forgotten - like last year's wi-fi connected trash can with voice controls. But there's also the chance of stumbling on the next big thing in some dim corner of the Las Vegas Convention Center.