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CES 2012The 2013 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) officially kicks off here in Las Vegas tomorrow, Tuesday, January 8, 2013, but there’s already a lot of buzz.

First up, a “Trends to Watch” Prezi presentation from Consumer Electronic Associations Chief Economist and Sr. Director of Research Shawn DuBravac.

Here he explores some of the major themes influencing the 2013 International CES, including the status of the smartphone and tablet. He says that although smartphones are now the central hubs or remote controls of our lives — accelerating all things “smart” and “connected” — we are moving into a post smartphone era, into the age of algorithms, contextual connectivity, and an era where the flow of storytelling is changing.

He also predicts that 2013 will see significant growth in connected devices driven by sensorization and curation. Increasing sensor density in Near Field Communications, Thermal Infrared Sensors, Pressure, and MEMS (Micro-Electo-Mechanical or Nano devices) are quickly digitizing and tracking our physical world. This is a trend digital advertising agencies could leverage in their mobile campaigns.

Some other trends include:

  • Motion and voice detection will ultimately eliminate keyboards, touchpads, remote controls and dials.
  • Ultra high definition pixel density is finding its way onto every kind of interface screen imaginable.
  • Flexible materials and nano (MEMS) technologies are providing new on-the-go smart technologies.
  • Never before seen analog world items like shoes, healthcare, pets and more are changing how we interact with our environment.
  • And Google’s driverless cars have driven over 300,000 miles accident-free.

And there’s much more on the way.

We will be sharing all the magic in current and prototype forms right here, including new Lexus and Audi self-driving vehicles, Samsung’s super secret all new way of thinking about smart TV, sensory projection and much, much more! Sign up for our RSS feed to get all the updates.