One of the world's biggest trade shows, the gathering features 4,500 exhibitors, an estimated 175,000 attendees, and 1,000 speakers in exhibit areas equivalent to more than 50 football fields. The CES runs from January 7 to 10.
Small startups and large tech firms from dozens of countries will be angling for a slice of the trillion-dollar-plus global consumer electronics marketplace.
The show, organized by the Consumer Technology Association, will see a large presence from tech giants such as Google and Amazon, vying for leadership in providing the "brains" or digital assistants for many smart products.
With improvements in artificial intelligence (AI), digital voice assistants are becoming smarter and more like humans, opening up new possibilities, said Simon Forrest of Futuresource Consulting.
"We can see devices that can now sound happy if your favorite football team has won and... dejected if your mother is at the door," Forrest said.
While the long-sought goal of "emotional intelligence" in computing is still far from reality, he said, advances are allowing more computing power to be packed into smaller spaces including smart eyeglasses, in-ear "hearables" and other devices.
"We can imagine the voice assistant in the ear which can do a lot more than it does today," Forrest said. "Maybe the restaurant across the street can read you their menu, or you can get turn-by-turn directions in your car."
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