8 Things You Need To Know From CES 2017
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Another year, another glimpse into the ever-developing world of technology that’s displayed at the annual CES tradeshow. Every year it gets more amazing but also more bonkers, there’s a lot to take in with hundreds of products being shown off by the likes of LG, Samsung and Razer. So we’ve broken it down into 8 things that stood out at CES 2017.
1. Move over driverless cars…
Driverless cars have been hitting headlines for years, from Google to Tesla, everyone is waiting for the UK roads to be filled with these automatic vehicles to take away the chore of driving. However, manufacturer Honda has taken things even further with a self-driving motorcycle. With Honda Riding Assist the motorcycle stays completely upright at low speeds and even followers the rider by itself. Motorcycles are often considered dangerous but this is great by Honda to refill a bit of trust back into riding.
2. The USB flash drive is not dead!
While the likes of WeTransfer has made transferring files faster than ever before, we often find ourselves scrambling around to find a USB to keep a portable hard copy. Storage masters Kingston have created a spacious 2TB USB stick, designed to fit basically anything you could dream of putting on it. You could store over 250,000 photos to your hearts desire but with no price tag just yet, this could set you back over £1000, so not something you want to leave lying around.
3. Extreme PC gaming from Razer
Razer is known amongst PC gamers as one of the industries leading manufacturers of cool and functional gaming peripherals. Two new projects shown off by Razer at this year CES have left gamers watering from the mouth. Project Valerie is a world’s first triple-screen gaming laptop, a top spec Razer Blade Pro kitted out with three 4K HD screens for gaming, video editing and more. Stepping away from screens Project Ariana is the first ever immersive gaming projector designed to extend your peripheral vision and fill a display with extended gameplay in a natural way for your eyes to perceive.
4. LG’s super thin wallpaper TV
TV’s are getting thinner and thinner, but just how thin can they go? At a width of just 4 credit cards stacked together, LG’s new OLED W7 TV has been named ‘wallpaper’ because it almost physically attaches to your wall in the same manor. Held up by a magnetic bracket just 4mm away from the wall, this latest model creates a levitating effect, which would look impressive in any household. But where do the cables go? With a single wire connecting to an input box, it eliminates the need for endless cable management, as you only need to hide the one.
5. The VR puzzle box for kids
They say the younger generation are becoming more tech-savvy than before, with kids getting their first tablet, smartphone and now VR headsets before even leaving school. Merge VR have created the Holo Cube, an AR toy designed for kids to put the digital world into their hands literally. An iPhone camera tracks the small cube you physically hold and through your VR headset it becomes digitally transformed into whatever you want. Picture a science lesson of kids wearing VR headsets while gazing at the Holo Cube in their hands, yet they’re see a human heart close up in a full 360 VR experience right there in their palms…
6. Life changing washing machine?
Not the most exciting piece of tech (I might be wrong), but one with functionality that really does make your life a bit easier. Samsung’s new FlexWash / FlexDry laundry system is designed to make the chore of washing easier. With 4 compartments laundry day can now cover more than just a single combination of clothing. Need to wash your whites, but also your colours? With two areas both can be done at the same time on a simultaneous wash, with replica compartments for the drying stage too. The technology isn’t mind blowing, but it is a clever combination none the less. All of which can be monitored and controlled from the handy Samsung Smart Home app.
7. Three new humanoid robots from Ubtech
It wouldn’t be CES without robots, and this year was no different. Ubtech Robotics had not one, not two but three humanoid robots designed for homes, offices and children. Starting at the lower end, LionBot uses infrared sensors to detect lines, objects and manoeuvre around them. Lynx, the second robot on the list uses Amazon’s Alexa technology to interact with families inside the household. It can play music, sing you happy birthday and react to questions you ask it. Lastly there’s Cruzr, a cloud based robot, which is designed for business to interact with customers. Cruzr can self-charge, create video-conferences and follow programmable reactions such as handshakes and hugs.
8. Thermal camera for your smartphone
Flir Systems has created smartphone attachments capable of detecting thermal imagery and heat signals. Without having to remove the phone’s case, the Flir One attachment can turn your smartphone into a low-cost thermal imaging device. They’ve created other versions designed specifically for drones that can be controlled remotely while using standard drone features like live footage, picture-in-picture at full HD video.