This week the tech world is looking ahead to the 44th International CES, one the biggest tech events in the world, held in January in Las Vegas. With over 100 exhibitors listed under the category of Connected Home, household products and in particular smart appliances and smart grid integrated products are well represented at next year's event. Prior to International CES the 10th Homex & Household exhibition in Hong Kong brings together the latest products in the field of appliances, interior design and furniture.


10th Homex & Household Exhibition
December, 24-27
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center
Hong Kong

The 10th annual Homex and Household Exhibition is aimed at promoting designs that reduce the problems associated with modern living. This year's exhibition is strongly linked with mainland China and will focus on furnishings, household appliances and interior design. However, the Homex & Household trade show lacks the international exposure of  trade shows such as Ambiente (February 2011) or ISH (March 2011).

44th International CES

January 6-9, 2011
Las Vegas Convention Center/Las Vegas Hilton
Las Vegas, America

One of the biggest consumer electronics events of the year CES, which has been running since 1967, is often used as a launching pad for the latest consumer gadgets. With the smart grid and connected home appliances becoming an increasingly common phrase eyes will be turning towards International CES 2011 where the big names in the smart appliance industry are planning to showcase their latest  intelligent, energy saving appliances. The event attracts over 126,600 visitors each year and is one of the most important dates on technology enthusiasts' calendars.

28th IMM Cologne
January 18-23
International Expocentre Fairground
Germany, Cologne

A showcase of household designs for the following year, IMM Cologne 2011 features a specialized section dedicated to young, emerging designers, attracts exhibitors from around the world and is billed as the "central meeting place for exhibitors and designers." Last year's event attracted 100,000 visitors from 120 countries. A number of designers at this year's event are exploring how we can re-design our futures and give householders more flexibility in interior design. The Living Kitchen exhibition, which showcases the latest in kitchen product design and hosts a number of kitchen-related and cooking shows, will run concurrently to the event.