Gadget makers set to unveil 2019 plans at CES

Rollup TVs, 5G phones, lifelike robots and smart assistants are expected to take center stage at this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES).

CES will attract some of the world's biggest technology companies when it kicks off next week, running from January 8th to January 11th.   

The annual convention will see the likes of Sony, Samsung, LG and others announce new gadgets, while topics such as artificial intelligence, autonomous vehicles and 5G connectivity are expected to be prominent at the event.

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The 2019 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is likely to feature more intuitive robots and innovations across a range of sectors, alongside autonomous vehicles and 5G connectivity

The 2019 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is likely to feature more intuitive robots and innovations across a range of sectors, alongside autonomous vehicles and 5G connectivity

WHAT IS CES? 

The Consumer Electronics Show is an annual technology convention that takes place in Las Vegas. 

The show typically takes place in early January. 

It attracts hundreds of thousands of attendees from all over the world, as well as thousands of tech firms, startups and entrepreneurs.  

Companies show off their latest innovations, ranging from the latest robots, autonomous vehicles and smart assistant-equipped gadgets.  

The four-day exhibition is a key date in the industry calendar and is set to be attended by more than 180,000 people, who will be able to glimpse the latest technology from more than 4,500 companies appearing at the conference. 

Gadgets ranging from new televisions to drones, connected appliances and robots are all likely to feature heavily on the show floor. 

Organisers will hope to avoid a repeat of 2018 when heavy rain in Las Vegas caused flooding, power cuts and leaks from the convention centre ceiling. 

CES, which has run since 1967, has previously been the site for the introduction of notable technology including the DVD and HD television. 

With the first 5G mobile networks scheduled to launch during 2019, 5G-compatible devices are widely predicted to be part of the announcements at CES, including the first smartphones designed for the faster speeds offered by the new mobile network.

The 2019 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, one of the world's largest trade events, opens amid a backdrop of falling public trust in the technology sector

The 2019 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, one of the world's largest trade events, opens amid a backdrop of falling public trust in the technology sector

Elsewhere, Google is returning for the second year in succession, where the company is expected to push its AI-powered Google Assistant and the range of smart speakers it powers. 

Rival software such as Amazon's Alexa is also likely to be widely seen linked to new gadgets on display on the show floor. 

Fellow Korean tech giant LG has already confirmed

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