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NBC Bay Area reporter Jonathan Bloom is in Las Vegas where he will be checking out the latest tech trends at the Consumer Electronics Show.

Watch this space for more from Jonathan @BloomTV.

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That shiny 4K TV you just got? Already obsolete.

This year, 8K TVs will be among the innovations taking center stage at CES in Las Vegas, the biggest annual event in the consumer electronics world.

With an estimated 2.5 million square feet of exhibit space and nearly 4,000 companies showing off their goods, CES (which used to be called the Consumer Electronics Show) is where the biggest makers of TVs, cars and computer chips come to announce their latest advances, and smaller companies come to debut their new products — including some that might not ever make it to market.

TVs are expected to get bigger, laptops are expected to get smaller, and cars are expected to get smarter. Many of these devices will talk to each other over next-generation 5G cellular networks, and we can expect to hear announcements from the major wireless carriers about how they’ll begin rolling out 5G data speeds to consumers.

In a classic case of “what’s old is new again,” there’s an awful lot of buzz about foldable phones leading up to CES 2019 — though they’ll do a lot more than your old flip phone from 2005. In this case, the technology is foldable color displays, and we could see them show up in futuristic laptop and tablet designs — products that may or may not ultimately be mass-produced for consumers.

In the past, CES has served as the center of the self-driving car world. This year, things are expected to be quiet in that department, after an Uber self-driving vehicle struck and killed a pedestrian in March, slowing the pace of innovation across the industry. Car makers appear focused on innovation for human-driven cars, including all-electric concept vehicles.

We’ll be covering CES in Las Vegas starting on Sunday evening, so watch this space for updates on all the announcements!

FRIDAY:

5G Cellular Could Change How You Drive:It’s called Cellular V2X — which means “vehicle to everything.” Automakers and cell phone chipmakers are teaming up to get cars “talking” to each other — which could help prevent crashes whether the drivers are humans or robots.

THURSDAY:

Google’s Amusement Park Ride at CES: In the battle of the smart voice assistants, Google’s CES marketing stunt outdid them all: a full-fledged indoor amusement park ride, complete with rain and fog effects, that takes riders through a chaotic day in the life of a dad chasing after Grandma’s birthday cake with the help of the Google Assistant.

WEDNESDAY:

Do you like beer? Now, you can brew your own right on your kitchen counter — even if you’re not a certified brewmaster. LG’s HomeBrew sits on your counter, with two stainless steel tanks and a shiny beer tap, and takes care of all the details. You add the ingredients, it makes the beer — and cleans itself when it’s done.

At @amazon’s #CES2019 booth, the message is clear: your new car is front and center for #Alexa integration. pic.twitter.com/mBtYzg5U1J

— Jonathan Bloom (@BloomTV) January 11, 2019

Check out these moves by the dancers at @instagram’s #CES2019 party at @ontherecordlv! pic.twitter.com/dwTzBepk1R

— Jonathan Bloom (@BloomTV) January 10, 2019

.@LironSlon developed what she says is the smallest and longest-lasting smart tag on the market. It’s being used to make “smart clothing” that rewards fans for wearing their favorite brands and team logos. #CES2019#WomeninTechpic.twitter.com/DsGxTZJR0e

— Jonathan Bloom (@BloomTV) January 10, 2019

#CES2019 has been far more inclusive for women than last year. CTA says 40% of keynote speakers are women. Last year, there were none. @ELLEmagazine and @HP are hosting this after hours dinner for #WomeninTech (and, yes, a couple of male journalists who are covering it.) pic.twitter.com/jdatPIn1LJ

— Jonathan Bloom (@BloomTV) January 10, 2019

TUESDAY:

CES tech show kicks off in Las Vegas: From a flying taxi to a virtual roller coaster, the tech world’s biggest yearly event shows a peek at what life could be like in the not-so-distant future.

I got to check out the @Etergo_official “Tesla of scooters” — right before its creators were surprised with this innovation award! #CES2019pic.twitter.com/HwHZYLjhhI

— Jonathan Bloom (@BloomTV) January 9, 2019

Kangaroo is a home security system that costs $30. That’s the price of this motion sensor, which connects to your home WiFi. You can buy more sensors if you want, or get professional monitoring if you want it to call the police. #CES2019pic.twitter.com/MNE94EkLb1

— Jonathan Bloom (@BloomTV) January 9, 2019

At #CES2019, the battle of the tiny drones continues. The $99 “Selfly” snaps onto the back of your phone case! It flies for just 4 and a half minutes, but it has a swappable battery, and you can get a charging case for $25. pic.twitter.com/e1WiLxPRJ8

— Jonathan Bloom (@BloomTV) January 9, 2019

For seniors in Japan who live in places where they can’t have pets, this adorable pillow “Qoobo” wags it’s tail when you pet it. #CES2019pic.twitter.com/ZR5CutJGjh

— Jonathan Bloom (@BloomTV) January 9, 2019

This $180,000 machine can be a virtual roller coaster — or a few different ones — and fits in a shopping mall. It’s a bargain compared to $5,000,000 for a REAL roller coaster. You can even feel the wind in your face! #CES2019pic.twitter.com/Xw1slQi4FM

— Jonathan Bloom (@BloomTV) January 8, 2019

Augmented reality is becoming real. But the glasses still look kind of funny. The nearly flawless face tracking AI on my @Sony camera doesn’t recognize these women as human — so it focuses on the crowd of onlookers instead! #CES2019@RealmaxARpic.twitter.com/FL1hgqTmbd

— Jonathan Bloom (@BloomTV) January 8, 2019

Beer here! @LGUS won a #CES2019 innovation award for this kitchen appliance that home-brews beer. Just drop in the ingredients, and in 2-3 weeks, you can pour a cold one straight from the tap! pic.twitter.com/UytsdaVqWV

— Jonathan Bloom (@BloomTV) January 8, 2019

Similar to the pilot going on at @bishopranch, companies like @MercedesBenz are showing off their visions for small, shared autonomous buses — no driver’s seat required. #CES2019pic.twitter.com/qiUNZ6dzcN

— Jonathan Bloom (@BloomTV) January 8, 2019

The @BellFlight#FlyBellNexus takes off and lands vertically, and flies horizontally at up to 150mph. That means your flying @uber could get you from San Francisco to San Jose in less than half an hour. pic.twitter.com/NkCz9wG7XK

— Jonathan Bloom (@BloomTV) January 8, 2019

MONDAY:

The biggest tech event of the year has arrived. We got early looks at some of the biggest exhibits at CES, and talked with experts about the trends that might change lives and living rooms in the coming year.

It’s makeup gone digital. By 2020, @PGVstudio will launch Opté, which scans your skin and prints tiny bits of makeup right onto age spots and sunspots, leaving the rest of your skin uncovered. #CES2019pic.twitter.com/2MI1lgeKph

— Jonathan Bloom (@BloomTV) January 8, 2019

Good boy! @Sony is here with Aibo, the robotic dog that remembers your face. They’ll start shipping Aibo in the U.S. this year. #CES2019pic.twitter.com/egDdC10S65

— Jonathan Bloom (@BloomTV) January 8, 2019

Here it is… @PepcomEvents Digital Experience at #CES2019, where a lot of the brands you already know show off products you haven’t seen before. pic.twitter.com/k6wCt9oIoH

— Jonathan Bloom (@BloomTV) January 8, 2019

LG’s roll-up OLED TV is the biggest thing in your living room… until it’s not. They say this is the year it will finally go on sale to consumers. #ces2019pic.twitter.com/OvCn2Yo95e

— Jonathan Bloom (@BloomTV) January 8, 2019

This “waterfall” of over 200 curved OLED displays is the dramatic entrance to LG’s #CES2019 booth. pic.twitter.com/I71ZyvDIS3

— Jonathan Bloom (@BloomTV) January 8, 2019

SUNDAY:

A cordless hair dryer you can use in your Uber, a robot that will fold your clothes, and a kitchen sink you can talk to — CES 2019 is off to a start!

Live from #CES2019 media preview! https://t.co/3GGqmfZ3dX

— Jonathan Bloom (@BloomTV) January 7, 2019

FoldiMate folds your clothes for you. An entire load of laundry in just a few minutes. (It also folds way more neatly than I do!) #CES2019pic.twitter.com/iDrBSYr5HP

— Jonathan Bloom (@BloomTV) January 7, 2019

You can talk to your car, your TV and just about everything but the kitchen sink. Well, now… there’s a voice activated kitchen sink! #CES2019pic.twitter.com/tToyfle6KO

— Jonathan Bloom (@BloomTV) January 7, 2019

This nondescript box could be a porch pirate’s worst nightmare. It watches and streams video as couriers approach your house and drop in a package. Then it holds that package in a secure compartment until you come home. pic.twitter.com/p8k0gN7bBQ

— Jonathan Bloom (@BloomTV) January 7, 2019

The VOLO Go is a cordless hair dryer. Its makers confirm that YES, you can use it in an Uber on the way to a party. pic.twitter.com/ZB0A9HXqGH

— Jonathan Bloom (@BloomTV) January 7, 2019

AirSelfie is a 2.8-ounce drone that flys for 5 minutes — which is just long enough to grab a couple of epic #selfies. #CES2019pic.twitter.com/vqMLYadbmZ

— Jonathan Bloom (@BloomTV) January 7, 2019

“D free” is a medical device that scans your bladder and tells you BEFORE you have to go to the bathroom. Its makers say it could change lives for people suffering from incontinence. #CES2019pic.twitter.com/vzNB49XBDx

— Jonathan Bloom (@BloomTV) January 7, 2019

Got bread? The Wilkerson BreadBot bakes a hot fresh loaf every 6 minutes. The first prospective customer? The U.S. Navy. #CES2019pic.twitter.com/mQOpqx9jrh

— Jonathan Bloom (@BloomTV) January 7, 2019

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