Technology's largest convention, CES (formerly known as Consumer Electronics Show), a four-day event that draws over 150,000 people to Las Vegas, officially starts Tuesday.
It features more than 4,500 exhibitors – including big names in the technological world such as Microsoft and IBM, but also less startups – showing the latest state-of-the-art gadgets (some of them can't even go on sale in 2019 or ever). The Keynote speaker this year will be transport secretary Elaine Chao.
Here's what to expect from this year's convention and what some of the hottest technological trends will be in 201
AI: Expecting Artificial Intelligence to Dominate CES in 2019, according to Gary Shapiro , CEO and CEO.
"AI will not only have its own site at CES, it will be pervasive throughout the show," Shapiro said. "It's an ingredient technology in the future that will change our lives, keep us healthy, stay safe in our cars and do so much more for us in every aspect of our life."
Smarthomes like Amazon Alexa and Google Home will probably be among the most talked about devices next week.
5G: Heads of AT&T, Verizon and Sprint will, among other things, present this technology at CES, according to Shapiro. 5G is the fifth generation mobile mobile communication, which is transformed every 10 years.
The new technology used by carriers and mobile operators can enable technology such as smarter homes and businesses, as well as self-propelled cars.
"You see a lot in 2019 and 2020," he added.
Chips: Chipmakers like Qualcomm, AMD and Nvidia will all participate in this year's CES, Shapiro said. During last year's convention, all three semiconductor companies introduced new products – which can help the video games play faster, pave the way for self-propelled cars and allow thinner laptops.
Nevertheless, Qualcomm is involved in litigation with Apple, less than a year after it succeeded in averting an unwanted takeover of its competitor Broadcom.
Self-propelled cars: Participants will be able to test technology that could ultimately be used to create self-styling cars, such as parking assistance, collision failure and emergency braking. Most likely, the 5G technology will also be used to help develop self-propelled cars.
Who will not be there: Apple, perhaps most, will not attend CES. But it made sure that its technological competitors still felt their presence and took out a gigantic ad on the building right next to the convention center that says "what happens to your iPhone stays on your iPhone."