Bigger. Better. Brighter. Faster. Connected. If there's anything that almost every company has in common at the 2013 Consumer Electronics show, it can be described by these adjectives. Whether it be a voice controlled television system or a robot that cleans out gutters, one thing you can count on is seeing incredible advancements in almost every industry you can think of. From audio technology to automotive to healthcare, just about everyone is represented at CES.
The Central Hall is dominated by Intel, which is showcasing a variety of products: tablets, smartphones, convertible Ultrabooks, and even "Wi-Di" (wireless display) devices. After releasing and updating its family of processors, Intel is poised to take a big step in the wireless market this year. Also in the Central Hall is Hitense, Panasonic, LG and Samsung, all showing off "connected home" products such as refrigerators, washers, dryers and vaccuums. These companies all have a huge presense this year, and it should be interesting to see how each contributes to the "connected home" in 2013.
The automotive industry is well represented in the North Hall, both by automakers and companies specializing in accessories. Everything from safety equipment to infotainment products can be found here, and with more than 500 exhibitors representing the auto industry, this portion of the show is larger than ever. As cars become more connected and electronic focused, we should only expect that trend to continue.
One thing you'll notice at CES this year is who is not here. No Apple. No Microsoft. No Dell. No HP. Asus, Acer and Siemens have a minimal presence. However, though companies such as Apple aren't at CES, their presence is definitely felt, as many companies are displaying products designed to work with iPhones, iPads, etc.