Las Vegas: Walking through the showroom at the Las Vegas convention, you’d never know the world’s largest consumer electronics show — CES 2013 — was about to get underway. The show opens on Wednesdayday and runs until January 11. Boxes of unopened 3D glasses where stacked at the LG booth, workers dodged forklifts around the Panasonic booth and construction crews watched college football on at 84-inch television.
In amongst the chaos, technology giants still hosted press conferences for the global mobs of tech reporters who have shown up annually to this event since 1967.
Sony, Samsung, LG, Panasonic and Toshiba all focused on their televisions for 2013, most of which feature an ultra-high definition technology called 4K.
Smartphones are in short supply this year, especially with a major smart-phone event scheduled month in Barcelona. So far, only Sony has launched a new phone.
Reporters also got a look at what Toyota has been doing with its “autonomous” automobile technology. Despite the companies like Google trying to develop a driverless car, the company today said that with its vehicles, “autonomous does not mean driverless”. Instead the company is developing vehicle technology that will allow a vehicle to recognise when an accident is about to occur and take away control of the vehicle from the driver to minimise (or avoid, if possible) any damage.
Finally, the day ended with the annual keynote speech. Qualcomm took over the annual event when Microsoft announced they would no longer be hosting a booth at the show. Ironically, one of the highlights of the speech, which was meant to be company’s new Snapdragon 800 series of chips, was instead a presentation by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, who highlights a number of new Windows 8 smartphone features.