A Virtual CES Starts This Week

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The world's largest consumer technology show begins later on Monday as an entirely virtual event for the first time, as the tech industry adapts to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Samsung has confirmed that it will be broadcasting its CES 2021 keynote to viewers around the world, via its own website (there's no mention of a YouTube live stream this year but we'll embed one if it becomes available). CES, which has been held in Las Vegas for more than four decades, is being held virtually this year in light of the pandemic.

Samsung, as is the trend every time, kicks off the proceedings with its event on the eve of the CES 2021 opening day, but we can be nearly certain that the much talked about Galaxy S21, its upcoming flagship smartphone, won't be a part of the event.

"The support and long-term partnership we have with Las Vegas is invaluable", said CTA president and CEO Gary Shapiro.

Also on display will be an array of workplace health gadgets, from smart thermometers to air purifiers and sanitizing robots.

Several autonomous disinfection robots are being shown at CES, and other gadgets include wearables that monitor vital signs and could provide early detection for coronavirus infections.

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This will mean every at-risk person has easy access to a vaccination centre, regardless of where they live. More than 2,700 vaccination sites will be set up across the country to deliver the vaccines , they said.

As millions of Americans remain home and rely on tech to stay entertained, connected and healthy during the pandemic, streaming services, 5G connectivity and digital health devices will stand out in the tech sector in 2021, according to the CTA.

CES has more than 300 speakers lined up, and a heightened focus on sessions diving into issues such as privacy and 5G internet.

"The Loop was not delayed and would actually be open to CES attendees now if we were in Las Vegas", a CES spokesperson told Mashable.

Show organizers said they hope to deliver a new kind of experience which can be useful to the expected online crowd of 100,000 or more.

"This new experience will feature much more than 1,000 exhibitors from around the planet, showcasing the hottest trends and innovation in artificial intelligence, 5G, electronic wellbeing, smart metropolitan areas, vehicle or truck tech and beyond", he mentioned.

"And while we can't recreate that magic that happens in Las Vegas, we can bring our audiences a new and unique whole digital experience".

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