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New for CES 2018 are dedicated areas and focus on sports, smart cities, AI, high-tech retailing, digital money and plenty more.

It will be my first time at CES, as a guest of AMD and Hisense, and while it's impossible to cover it all, I'll be doing my best to bring you a range of interesting content and stories from a range of tech companies.

Sunday and Monday, 7 and 8 January, are the two "media only" days of the event, with the general public able to attend from the 9th to the 12th, with iTWire here for the entire event.

CES organisers proudly boast the show "will once again feature breakthrough products and services across a range of industries and consumer interests", and that new topics for 2018 include "sports, smart cities, artificial intelligence, high tech retailing, digital money and more".

Indeed, we are told that "CES 2018 will showcase life-changing technology across more than 2.7 million net square feet of exhibit space – the largest show floor in its 51-year history".

The organisers state that :one of the fastest growing areas at CES, Eureka Park, will feature more than 900 start-ups from 42 countries, up 50% over last year".

"CES will also showcase the latest in vehicle technology, with more than 400 exhibitors making the automotive footprint at CES the fifth largest stand-alone auto show in the US.

"More than 170 government officials will attend CES to use the show and the Innovation Policy Summit conference track to examine hot-button policy topics that drive innovation and advance the industry.

"Last, but not least, C Space returns for its fourth year and brings together the world's innovators, content creators, marketers and creatives in one venue including Amazon, eBay, Facebook, Google, Hulu, NBCU, Spotify and more."

Gary Shapiro, president and chief executive, CTA, said: "CES is constantly evolving to capture the technologies and innovation of the future, it changes as our industry morphs and showcases the most cutting-edge work the tech world has to offer.

"CES 2018 has more new dedicated technology areas than I can ever remember us having in one year, and that speaks to the way technology is now in every single part of our lives, to make living easier through connectivity."

The organisers state that "CES 2018 is the global stage for innovation and will feature technology that changes lives. Additional expected trends include: voice and deep machine learning, 5G connectivity, self-driving tech, smart home, robotics, AR, VR, biometrics, security, sports and more".

Check back here at iTWire during the week to see articles and videos from the show floor, at special briefings and more.

The writer is attending CES 2018 as a guest of AMD and Hisense. 

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