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break­ing year - ex­pected to reach US$398 bil­lion (RM1.6 tril­lion) in re­tail. Emerg­ing tech such as smart speak­ers, smart home de­vices, wire­less ear­buds, smart­watches and drones are ex­pected to con­tinue to grow in pop­u­lar­ity and break­through tech like 5G and 8K UHD TVs are set to hit the mar­ket. A vis­i­tor try­ing on a VR head­gear.

But don’t get too ex­cited. Car­ri­ers say the new net­work tech­nol­ogy will be de­ployed this year in only a few cities in the United States, and in some parts of Bri­tain, Ger­many, Switzer­land, China, South Ko­rea and Aus­tralia.

Not many smart­phones will be com­pat­i­ble with 5G ini­tially. Some Chi­nese hand­set mak­ers and Sam­sung Elec­tron­ics have said they will re­lease their first 5G smart­phones this year. Ap­ple is not ex­pected to re­lease a 5G-com­pat­i­ble iPhone un­til 2020. Peo­ple view the LG OLED TV Mas­sive Curve of Na­ture at the LG dis­play. The Hyundai El­e­vate con­cept ve­hi­cle. voice as­sis­tants to help peo­ple use maps, play mu­sic or get a sports up­date with­out tak­ing their eyes off the road are avail­able now, how­ever.

If the econ­omy does cool off, sales of cut­ting-edge gad­gets will drop. Fast. But that didn’t faze peo­ple here. None of the CES at­ten­dees I spoke to ex­pressed con­cern.

Matt Strauss, who over­sees Com­cast’s Xfin­ity in­ter­net and ca­ble ser­vice, was es­pe­cially bullish about the year ahead. He said just about ev­ery­thing an­nounced at CES re­quired an In­ter­net con­nec­tion, so that’s the last thing that peo­ple would cut off.

Con­sumer Tech­nol­ogy As­so­ci­a­tion said AI and con­nected tech­nolo­gies are driv­ing the US con­sumer tech in­dus­try to a record break­ing year. Emerg­ing tech such as smart speak­ers, smart home de­vices, wire­less ear­buds, smart­watches and drones are ex­pected to con­tinue to grow in pop­u­lar­ity and break­through tech like 5G and 8K UHD TVs are set to hit the mar­ket.

“It’s be­come like oxy­gen,” he said.

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Gary Shapiro, pres­i­dent and CEO of the Con­sumer Tech­nol­ogy As­so­ci­a­tion, speaks on ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence dur­ing a keynote ad­dress at CES.

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The Mercedes-Benz EQ Sil­ver Ar­row, an elec­tric pow­ered homage to the record-break­ing W 125 car from 1937.

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The new FlexPai bend­able phone by Roy­ole.

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