6 tech trends to watch at CES 2018

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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.

The International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) bounded onto the scene in 1998, set up by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), and is now celebrating its 10th anniversary with CES 2018.

Over the course of the four-day show, televisions, home appliances and autonomous auto technology are also expected to be prominent trends.

However, with over 3,900 exhibitors, CES remains a place where you can locate the most recent tech trends.

While major tech companies, such as Apple and Google, typically don't make big announcements at CES, their technologies will be powering products and services from start-ups and other small companies.

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Television manufacturers have been eager to jump on the talk-to-me bandwagon, with Samsung Monday announcing it would bring the Bixby voice assistant now found on its Galaxy phones to its television sets in 2018, and LG opting for an assist from Google Voice.

CES is held each January in Las Vegas and has served as the proving ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies for 50 years-the global stage where next-generation innovations are introduced to the marketplace.

CES 2018 has become the first major event of the year to showcase the latest vehicle technology, too, and our sister title Auto Express will also be at the show bringing you the next-generation in motoring.

Other devices seemed to extend the definition of smart home to new corners.

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And while a few companies like Apple and Fitbit are now dominant in wearable devices, many startups are eager to challenge them with new approaches for tracking fitness and medical issues. There will even be a robot that folds your laundry-though at a snail's pace of one shirt every two minutes.

"The successful development of the world's first 8K OLED display is a milestone for the 8K era and underscores the exciting potential of OLED", LG Display chief technology officer In-Byung Kang said.

"Twenty years ago, people bought products sold at retail stores in very defined categories", he said.

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