Tech Trends at CES 2017
2017 has certainly kicked off to the best possible start, feeding our gadget-obsession with all sorts of weird and wonderful technologies. And the beating heart of this tech overload lies in Las Vegas at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), taking place all of this week. So let’s take a tour through some of this year’s newest and most exciting tech tapas and feast our eyes, ears, and minds on the technology trends innovation on offer at the show.
LG’s levitating speaker
Sure, it’s not the first product of its kind, but it’s the first produced by a major manufacturer. And that should have people excited.
This magical little device has the shape and size of an egg. A powerful subwoofer and 360-degree sound spread surprisingly good noise for such a small specimen. This one’s definitely a party starter!
So how does LG's levitating speaker fly? It defies the laws of gravity, floating on a small base known as a levitation station. Once its battery life of up to 10 hours is depleted, you’ll experience one of its coolest features: It descends back into its base when the juice runs out. Coolness level: max.
Mayfield Robotics’ cute little Kuri
Last year, Mayfield Robotics unveiled Kuri, an affordable smart home robot. Well, Kuri’s done a bit of growing up since then. She (at least that’s what we’re going with) can now understand context and surroundings, recognize people and respond to questions with facial expressions and movements.
This $699 piece of tech is kitted out with an array of microphones, a 1080p camera, and sensors which help map its surroundings. The “if this, then that” responsive protocol that’s been built into her is a little unnerving, but for now she’s not taking over the world – instead far better suited to waking you up with your favorite music or monitoring your home while you’re away.
Cerevo Taclim’s VR shoes and gloves
We’ve seen VR for your eyes. Now we’ve got VR for your hands and feet. Taclim is a set of VR shoes and gloves that helps you gain greater control over your actions in VR worlds. These generate different virtual reality textures and responses for your hands and feet to feel and engage.
Imagine walking through the desert, and feeling the sinking sensation as the sand gives way beneath your weight with every step – that’s kinda what Cerevo was going with here.
Technology Trends for the kids
Motorized, app-connected bricks that teach coding. For anyone who’s ever thought that LEGO couldn’t possibly get any cooler. Well, it might just have happened. Their new product Boost is aimed at teaching kids how to code. Yes, we’ll be seeing eight- and nine-year-olds working out advanced computer systems in the not-so-distant future.In addition to programming, kids will be able to use Boost to assemble functional robots. For about $160, a standard Boost kit comes with a motor, sensor, and a pile of bricks to put your creation together. And when you’re done, you’ll be able to
In addition to programming, kids will be able to use Boost to assemble functional robots. For about $160, a standard Boost kit comes with a motor, sensor, and a pile of bricks to put your creation together. And when you’re done, you’ll be able to program it through apps for Android and IOS. Sarah Connor, you’re going to have a ton of competition.
In case your kids are somehow not forever enthralled by coded LEGO, Fischer-Price has produced the Think & Learn Smart Cycle. And this is more than just a glorified kids’ bike. There are all kinds of games to go with it, that sync with the speed of the pedaling, so now your child gets to work their mind and their body.
Reasonably priced at $150, this gadget will be perfect for 4 to 7-year-olds and may signal the end of the iPad addicted baby generation.
Kingston’s 2TB DataTraveler Ultimate GT
The name’s a bit of a mouthful, but essentially this is storage, storage and more storage without any of the bulkiness. The world’s highest capacity flash drive will put all of the movies (probably) in the palm of your hand.
And of course, it wouldn’t be quite as incredible if it didn’t offer cutting edge USB 3.1 rapid read and write speeds. Because you don’t want to spend your life waiting for all those movies to move across to another device before watching them.
The Sleep Number 360
Before the name misleads you, we’re talking about a bed. A bed designed to keep you comfortable by sensing your movements and automatically adjusting your position to keep your rest blissful. Temperature controls also keep you at the perfect level of snugness while you sleep.
It works even when there are two people in the bed. But here’s the real dealbreaker: It can help stop snoring by shifting snorers into better positions. A real marriage saver.
The annual technology show attracts more than 150,000 people and draws companies from around the world to showcase their latest creations. If you’re interested in keeping up with the latest technology trends then read our article featuring some of the
The annual technology show attracts more than 150,000 people and draws companies from around the world to showcase their latest creations. If you’re interested in keeping up with the latest technology trends then read our article featuring some of the coolest AI-enabled gadgets and tech from CES 2017.