I always look forward to early January.

To me, it means my annual pilgrimage to Las Vegas, and the Consumer Electronics Show, CES 2019 January 7-12.

It’s arguably the largest Tech and Gadget show in the world. A world of innovation, with 184,279 attendees in 2018 (2/3rds of them from the U.S.) 3,900 exhibitors, on 240,000 sq. feet in the Las Vegas Convention Center and Hotels on the Strip.

It started in 1967, and during those 52 years nearly every major development in the space was displayed and demonstrated.

A few highlights to remember include, the Sony VCR in 1970, camcorders in 1981, the Atari Commodore 64 in 1982, The DVD in 1996, HDTV in 1998, Microsoft X-Box in 2001, Blu-Ray Discs in 2004, the 102” Plasma TV in 2005, OLED-TV’s in 2007, 3D Porn in 2009 (back then the Adult Video Convention was held simultaneously at the Convention center), Mobile made a huge splash in 2013, Wearable’s in 2014, and on and on.

Obviously, not everything that happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.

From new developments, in-car tech, cameras, sound, toys, video screens, and more will be shown off by vendors happy to wine and dine the buyers, the press, and the visitors.

It’s the greatest party of the year set in the Disneyland for Adults, Las Vegas, Nevada.

Some of the predictions so far this year include: VR fading and AR moving to the front of the pack (we’ll see about that). Electronic cars will take center stage, as advancements in mobility will be impossible to avoid. Word is that TV will adopt more HDR formats and OLED’s will be everywhere.

If you wear a smart-watch, look for more devices to make your life healthier (and they won’t all be on your wrist). Voice technology will also be a big deal as Google takes on Alexa. Gaming (which has become even more realistic) will be a huge draw, as will devices partnering with big-name beauty brands to make you look even better than you already do – and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

But CES also has a big conference track. Digital Hollywood and Variety hold panels, discussions, and presentations all week.

This year, I will be moderating a chat with some leading members of the Immersive Media community from Intel, Microsoft, Paramount Motion Pictures, R/GA, Accenture, and QUALCOMM for an AR/VR/MR Think Tank that will be a “Must See” for anyone interested in the state of this important and developing technology.

The Immersive Media Leadership Think Tank will be held on January 7th at 2:15 pm PT and will be streamed on Facebook Live.

See you at Nerdstock!