From Robot Baristas to Next-Gen Touchscreens, the Coolest Gadgets Unveiled at CES 2017
For the biggest tech convention in the United States, CES 2017, better known as the Consumer Electronics Show, was dominated by innovations to more traditional forms of technology—screens and cars.
The most impressive products unveiled at the trade show in Las Vegas arguable came from the auto industry, which showcased a fleet of next-gen concepts and road-ready models. They also brought along an understanding of where the industry is going. Many companies, like Cadillac, announced ride-sharing services or components for its vehicles.
Meanwhile, the future of screens looks bigger and brighter than ever. LG showcased its W7 television, which uses the OLED tech that’s so good that Sony licensed it, is the thinnest TV on the market. Haptic touch, screens that simulate the physical feel of textures, seems to have made a comeback after struggling to produce impressive results previously. Tanvas seems to be the leading product in that field.
There were also laptops with two fold-out monitors (Razer’s Project Valerie) and a keyboard mounted projection that turns laptop screens into touch screens (such as the Neonode Airbar).
Other innovations on display included the requisite robots and artificial intelligence. Amazona’s Alexa saw a spike in usage, as it was incorporated into numerous other third-party consumer products from big brands like Mattel, Hyundai, Whirlpool, and Huawei. Drones and robots wandered the convention floor in all shapes and sizes, but kid-friendly products like Lego Boost—which allows children to build and program their own mobile lego robots—and Mayfield’s Kuri robot stood out for their ingenuity. Part of the ever growing smart home trend, robots and AI were integrated into a bevy of household products unveiled at the trade show as well.
See all the coolest gadgets from CES 2017 below.