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CES 2017: The biggest tech show in the world – the highlights

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The Consumer Electronics show aka CES is one of the largest trade shows across the globe annually held in Las Vegas, bringing together developers, manufacturers, investors, media and many more. With the first show dating back all the way to 1967, it’s safe to say technology has changed a little since then. 2017 is a big year for CES, with the celebration of its 50th anniversary and its largest turnout to date, with over 850 first-time exhibitors in attendance; here are some of the highlights:

IoT: What does it all mean?

The Internet of things (IoT) is becoming an increasingly popular term which simply means that all of our devices will have the ability to connect together and make life as we know it smarter.

One of the products taking CES by storm this year is Amazon’s virtual assistant Alexa, which uses voice recognition to  play music, read the news, set alarms and more. Although Alexa is not without competition, such as Microsoft’s Cortana and Nvidia’s Shield. It continues to lead the way, with other brands keen to make their products compatible. The virtual assistant is currently being incorporated into a Ford car, a Motorola smart home system and much more.

Sensors gone mad

Products incorporating sensors are one of the fastest growing areas within tech right now, ranging from smart hairbrushes to children’s sleep trackers disguised as cuddly sheep. Samsung has recently unveiled the Powerbot VR7000 which is a robot vacuum cleaner that has been redesigned to work in harder to reach places and has gained a 2017 CES Innovation Award. One of the most unusual devices in this category is the ‘Smart tattoo’ produced by Microsoft and MIT which can be turned into a touchpad or used to control a smartphone, based simply on using gold as it’s a conductive material to create any type of circuit you’d want.

Rise of the robots

We saw many exciting robots this year, with both functional capabilities such as completing chores around the house and even enhancing education for children. Olly has gained a great deal of attention at this year’s show, although its functionalities aren’t dissimilar to amazon’s echo, it is unique in its ability to adapt to each person’s personality in the home. Some of the other bots exhibited at the CES include MoRo –  the Robot Assistant Can Help Around Your House, the Lego Boost Robotics Kit Teaches Kids How to Code and Ozobot which also teaches code using action-figure like small robots.

Super fast and self driving scars

A few of the large well-known manufacturers such as Toyota have produced new concept cars for the show and some smaller less established firms such as Faraday Future have also gained recognition. Faraday Future has produced their FF91 car which looks sorta out of this world and can accelerate from zero to 60mph in 2.39 seconds, now branded the ‘Tesla beating car’. Ford has announced that we can expect to see driverless cars as soons as 2021, however sceptics are unsure of how realistic this deadline is, so we will just have to wait and see.

Staying healthy through tech

Health tech is a very exciting field, as these products can potentially save lives and improve health through technology. Much of this years health tech seemed to be centered around pregnancy and various fitness products. Willow is a wearable hands-free breast pump which are a great alternative to existing electric pumps, allowing busy mums to get on with other things at the same time. Active Protective has created a smart belt that both detects falls and also deploys an airbag to prevent seniors from serious injuries.

 

To learn more about CES 2017, click on the link provided below for all of the highlights: http://www.ces.tech/.

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