If you love gadgets, then you'll love the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the wall-to-wall tech expo that happens every January in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. Next year the show is scheduled to start on Tuesday the 9th of January, and it should be the biggest one yet.
So what can you expect? We're still some way off the big event, so details of specific products are a little thin on the ground, but we know the companies that are likely to be present, and the sorts of wares that are going to be shown off when January rolls around.
CES for beginners
If you're completely new to CES, then you might be wondering what all the fuss is about, and why you should care one way or the other about what's going to happen at the turn of the year.
The Consumer Electronics Show has been running since 1967 - this year it marked its 50th anniversary - and it is exactly what its name suggests, a show to celebrate everything in consumer electronics, from fridges to VR headsets.
Think a bunch of huge trade halls, packed with booths run by the biggest names in tech, and keynote speeches where the same companies announce some of their flagship products for the coming year.
We're talking cars, televisions, robots, smart home gadgets, miniature computers, smart materials and just about anything else you can imagine. In a lot of ways, CES is the starting gun for the year in tech, giving a flavour of what's coming down the consumer electronics pipe in the following 12 months.
Last year we saw concept cars from Toyota, Chromebooks from Samsung, add-ons for the HTC Vive, cameras from Panasonic, speakers from LG, an electric vehicle or ten, and a new product line from Lego designed to help to teach kids to code.
That should give you some idea of what to expect when the 2018 event rolls around in January, and if you can't be in Las Vegas in person, T3.com will be the next best place to be - we'll bring you all the announcements as they happen.
What to expect in 2018
So far we haven't heard much in the way of news - official or unofficial - about what's going to get shown off at CES 2018, but we can talk you through some of the product categories likely to see a lot of new hardware.
CES is always a major event as far as laptops, desktops, and 2-in-1s go, and 2018 should be no different. Look for new models from companies such as Dell, Samsung, Acer, Asus, HP, Razer and the others, and if you're in the market for a new machine, maybe hold off until CES is over to see what's coming up next year.
Televisions are also traditionally a big draw at CES. Think of any manufacturer and it's likely they're going to have some new gear to show off in Las Vegas, so that means more 4K screens, improved picture quality, and added smarts.
Also bound to be a big category this year: cars. Expect electric cars, self-driving cars, and more news about the smarts happening under the hood from companies like Nvidia.
Those are perhaps going to be the biggest draws this year but every other product category will be covered as well: audio, VR, wearables, smartphones, robots, home appliances and so on.
Then there's everything that doesn't quite fit - all the quirky sideshows and prototypes for the future that CES is known for, whether it's a smart hairbrush or a laptop with three screens or something else that you can't imagine ever going on sale to the actual public.
What not to expect in 2018
CES isn't the be all and end all as far as electronics go though - you won't see any big product announcements from companies such as Apple, Google, and Microsoft, who tend to have their own separate shows throughout the year.
There are usually new phones at CES, just not very many. The majority of phone makers either launch their 2018 handsets separately (like Apple) or wait until Mobile World Congress (MWC), which happens a couple of months after CES in Barcelona.
The big web and software firms, such as Facebook, tend to veer clear of CES as well, so we won't be hearing about any major changes to the News Feed from this event.
Don't expect too many products you can actually go out and buy either, at least not straight away - CES is more often used to showcase technology that's going to be launching in the months ahead, or perhaps prototype tech that isn't fully developed yet.
Quite often gizmos at CES aren't ever launched, but the ideas are developed in a different way into something else - it's like a barometer for which way the industry is going.
As we hear new rumours and speculation about specific products, we'll add them here. In the meantime, whatever we see at CES 2018, it's going to be worth checking out for anyone interested in technology and gadgets.
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Televisions and audio
Sony, Panasonic, Samsung and LG will all be in attendance, plus plenty of other set manufacturers, and you can expect plenty of buzz around the hottest tech upgrades of the day. In this case that's likely to include (HDR).
At this point we haven't been given much in the way of specifics about what's going to be shown off at CES 2017, but we're likely to see a plethora of TVs that will make their way to store shelves during the course of 2017.
The rise of VR and AR
We wouldn't expect to see any new products from the big names - unless one of them surprises us - but there'll be plenty of VR and AR gadgets on the show floor nonetheless, including the Google Glass-esque for filming your every waking moment.
Aside from that, there's likely to be a flood of VR and AR-related software - think apps, games, and all kinds of experiences for enhancing your dreary reality.
The occasional smartphone
CES isn't really known for phones - handset makers tend to wait for Mobile World Congress in February or March to launch new products, or just - but there will still be a lot of mobiles around, and a few new models break cover, including the mid-rangers from LG we mentioned above.
Huawei launched a new phone last year, although now revealed it's not all that likely that it'll have something else ready for CES 2017. Rumours suggest Sony does have something new to show off, while Samsung and LG might try and dispel with something brand new at CES.
Laptops and computing
And while it might not be the most glamorous bit of kit, Samsung has already confirmed it's going to be showing off at CES 2017 - so stay tuned if you need more room for your ever-growing digital media collection.
Most of the big names in laptops and desktops should be in attendance at the expo, although genuinely innovative hardware might be thin on the ground. One trend to watch out for is computer makers following the lead of the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga and building OLED screens into their devices.
Of course computing is going way beyond laptops and desktops and even phones now - Microsoft (along with LG) is one of the companies expected to unveil to the Amazon Echo at CES 2017. It's going to be powered by Cortana, naturally.
Drones and other future tech
Drones were big news at CES 2016 and nothing we've seen over the last 11 months has made us think 2017 will be any different - and Parrot will be demoing their best bits of kit and there's a good chance of seeing a new model or two.
Wearables should also be out in force again this year - we've already seen and appear at the official CES preview event, and as well as these rather exotic products, there will be more innovations from the big names in the field, .
Really, it's the more obscure, quirky gadgets that make CES what it is - and those are the niche gizmos that come out of nowhere. T3.com will be on the floor in Las Vegas during CES, and we'll bring you all the best tech as we find it.