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New Gadgets Galore as the 2018 CES Kicks Off

13 January 2018

Although a handful of announcements were made before this week's event, press previews began on 7 January and announcements will run until 12 January.

Meyhem erupted at CES Wednesday as a power outage in the Central Hall shut down the giant tech conference, taking place in Las Vegas this week.

First held in 1967, the annual consumer technology trade show has become a mammoth event, now spanning 3 huge venues across Las Vegas.

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The Las Vegas Convention Center, where CES is taking place, is now experiencing what event organizers are calling an "isolated power outage".

One of the word's largest gatherings for the technology industry, the Las Vegas-based convention will see more than 170,000 people attend, looking to see the latest innovations from the likes of Intel, Samsung and Sony.

Other unusual tech on the CES 2018 show floor include the Moodo, a smart device for dispensing customized home fragrances; the Kolibree Magik AR toothbrush to help children learn proper brushing technique; and the Care OS smart mirror, which can take selfies, play music, and provide skin-care tips.

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CES 2018: What trends will we see at CES 2018?

An Amazon Echo device is displayed at the Ford booth at CES 2017 (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)What will be at CES 2018? As AI chips increasingly filter down into consumer-grade products, we definitely anticipate a larger focus on robots at CES 2018. Last year's IFA saw an influx of exciting smart home products; think smart wireless speakers that connect you to your home network, and automated fridges that bring you beer.

The key themes already emerging are smart home, augmented and virtual reality, self-driving cars, eSports, smart cities, and startups from all areas of technology.

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There will be plenty of companies promoting new AI and VR products, with Google and Amazon expected to unveil new additions to their Alexa and Google Home products.

New Gadgets Galore as the 2018 CES Kicks Off