Next week, the tech industry will descend on Las Vegas for the annual Consumer Electronics Show, the country’s top showcase for technology and innovation. As technology continues to seep into every aspect of daily lives and increasingly inform consumer habits, this year’s CES is poised to be pivotal.
What will this year’s show predict for the future of human-centered technology? And what trends will rise to the top? Below, we round up our top picks.
Apple, who has been famously absent from CES, will be officially participating this year. The company’s involvement, however, is unconventional for the annual tech conference. While Apple’s smart home system, HomeKit, will be on display, they will not be launching a product or introducing new capabilities. Rather, the company will be taking an ethical stance: Jane Horvath, the company’s senior director for global privacy, will be speaking on a panel about consumer privacy. The nature of the tech giant’s deliberate participation indicates a growing demand for a concerted and unified approach to security and underscores the importance of consumer privacy in the tech world.