10 January 2017

FUTURE TRENDS - CES 2017 Highlights Future of Technology

CES® 2017 (formerly called Consumer Electronics Show) celebrated 50 years of innovation and connectivity as its annual show closed on Sunday.

With more than 3,800 exhibiting companies and exhibit space of more than 2.6 million net square feet, CES 2017 was a record-breaker.

“This year’s show was all about connectivity – both in the form of the technologies unveiled and in the valuable face-to-face business connections happening throughout the show,” Karen Chupka, senior vice president, CES and corporate business strategy, Consumer Technology Association (CTA), said in a release.

The first CES opened its doors in the summer of 1967 in New York City and Featured 117 exhibitors showcasing technology like transistor radios, stereos and black and white televisions.

CES is no longer home to only consumer electronics.

Exhibitors from nearly every industry come together at CES as technology has become integral to all business.

Now CES plays host to automobile manufacturers, healthcare companies, software and hardware producers and more.

5G, cars, clothes, content, health care, sports, travel, smart cities, augmented reality, virtual reality, robotics, artificial intelligence and more debuted at CES 2017.

More than 175,000 industry professionals, including 55,000 from outside the US, attended the event which was covered by more than 6,500 members of the media.

Alexa, Amazon’s virtual assistant, was found in a lot of devices including Hubble’s Hugo a smart, rotating, connected camera shaped like an oversized robot eyeball.

The camera can track people around the room, recognize faces, respond to questions with Alexa and figure out your mood based on facial expressions.

Super thin televisions were a hit at the show with LG’s W7 just 2.5mm wide and housing all of the components that power it in a Dolby speaker bar.

LEGO Boost is earning praise and will be released in August 2017.

Aimed at ages 7 and up, the Boost kit allows kids to build LEGO robots and learn some coding.

A variety of autonomous or self-driving cars were featured at CES.

BMW’s i Inside Future concept has people talking with its take on what the interior of cars of the future will look like and HoloActive Touch system.

The system uses mirrors to project what appear to be holograms above a display embedded in the center console. A set of cameras track your finger movements as you interact with HoloActive Touch.

When the cameras detect you’ve made contact with an item in the virtual display, an ultrasound source will confirm your selection by providing tactile feedback - yes, that means you will feel it even though you haven't actually touched anything.

It’s worth viewing the BMW Blog video about HoloActive Touch to marvel at where technology is going.

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