This year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is happening without the usual throngs of visitors, snaking taxi lines, crowded Las Vegas convention center, or over-the-top trade show booths. But, the all-virtual event that kicked off this week is still delivering what tech enthusiasts, media, retailers, and industry analysts anticipate every year: a glimpse at the products that will soon populate our lives.
What’s clear at least for the near future, is that our days will continue to be centered within our homes, with an emphasis on keeping ourselves safe and healthy, and making our spaces more comfortable and convenient places to do our jobs, go to school, and unleash our creativity.
From face masks with built-in earbuds and microphones to robots that can offer emotional support, CES 2021 paints a picture of a future influenced by the COVID-19 experience, but also leaping forward from it, with innovations designed to enhance health, safety, security, productivity, and comfort in our everyday lives.
“For us it’s really the ‘consumer experience show,’” says HP President and Chief Executive Officer Enrique Lores.
Based on what we’ve seen at CES so far, here are five predictions for how today’s innovations will transform tomorrow’s world.