Las Vegas is known for the casinos, Grand Canyon tours and CES! The CES tradeshow where its visitors see the latest products from the usual tech giants (Samsung, LG, Apple, Google, etc…) and new competing brands, has returned for 2017.
What will consumers be buying in 2017? Are we ready for more wearable tech, speakers with personalities and slimmer TVs..?
Let’s share what may catch your eye in this new year and beyond.
LG SIGNATURE OLED W7
At a 2.5mm thickness and ranging from 65-inch to 77-inch, the LG Signature OLED W7 rightfully deserves its nickname, “Wallpaper”. Being a showstopper at CES, LG has delivered a 4K TV and one of the thinnest TVs ever produced.
Shipping starts in March and – ahem – not the cheapest of OLED TVs (there’s no official price, but expect to be in the thousands).
LEGO BOOST CODING KIT
After focusing their efforts on teaching code to kids in educational classes and releasing WeDo 2.0, Lego unveiled a product (Lego Boost) that will allow kids to programme robots! With over 60 coding activities, voice recording enabled and an accompanying app, LEGO is assisting in paving the way for our future budding coders.
There has been no official UK starting price but, assumptions are that it will cost £159.99 – keep your eyes peeled in August 2017.
POLAROID POP INSTANT CAMERA
As we grow older, as does Polaroid, marking their 80th anniversary – wow – they announce their new product, Polaroid Pop Instant Camera. Charmingly petite, this camera features a 20-megapixel CMOS sensor, dual-LED flash and 1080p video capability.
LENOVO SMART ASSISTANT
Teamed with Amazon’s Alexa technology (voice command), the Lenovo Smart Assitant delivers a slightly different look to the smart home tech collection. Continuing the sphere trend, Lenovo’s design offers more versatile colour combinations compared to Amazon Echo.
Priced around £105.
LG HUB ROBOT
Amazon’s AI technology (Alexa) is being packaged in more and more smart home assistants, like LG Hub Robot. LG have given a face – in the shape of a digital display with blinking eyes – to the Alexa personality. Dancing on command to your music choice and coming in mini sizes, this product gives us the feeling we will see more adapting designs for smart speakers in the future.
Teamed with an AI agent named “Yuri”, the Toyota Concept-i‘s strength is to continuously improve user experience. Whilst flaunting a futuristic Tron-like exterior, this concept car learns its driver’s behaviour and preferences to then cater more personal trips, such as give suggestions for destinations.
Toyota does not focus on full autonomous driving, but on the true synchronisation of vehicle and driver.
HERE ONE EARBUDS
Powered by Doppler Labs, but controlled by its user, the Here One wireless earbuds are paired with an intuitive app which allows you to control its functions. Functions like, “eavesdropping” which sets the mic to pick up sound behind you, and its ability to control the volume of sound around you – truly magical.
Ships in November and starting price is £250.
WILLOW BREAST PUMP
There is intelligence to gain from pumping breast milk and it looks like Willow will present this. Amongst the ease of applying the cordless hands-free device, there is an app which will give detail on pump volumes and timing. Making this common parenting process more impactful, with data.
POWERRAY AQUATIC DRONE
PowerVision introduced its PowerRay Drone which is set to redefine the fisherman’s operations. With its PowerRay app, users can control a great amount of functions (speed, travel modes, lighting) whilst viewing the real-time position of the PowerRay robot, all through the integrated 4KHD camera.
The NVIDIA Shield has been well upgraded and now boasts smaller hardware without losing its graphics and processing power. We will see an update to its software where Google Assistant will be enabled, allowing it to take control of smart home devices.