CES 2017 Roundup – Day One

Caroline Clancy

Hello and welcome to the roundup of day one at the world’s most anticipated technology event of the year.

The future of the future is here…

Our tech scouts have compiled the best of the show so far, which includes some of the wackiest gadgets we have ever seen, such as sensors that turn fruit into alcohol.

We have used our 3 technology trends for 2017 to help you navigate through the sea of product and service innovations; Embedded Technology, New Realities, and Smart Systems.

 

EMBEDDED TECHNOLOGY

Gartner has predicted that by 2020 we will have over 500 connected objects in our homes. In 2017, moving beyond wearable tech, we expect the uptake of more invisible technology that sits in the background, proactively optimising our lives with ever less need for correction or guidance. Our reliance on our mobile phones will recede as our lives, homes, cars and cities are augmented with technology.

This is the most fertile area of the show in 2017 and there are sensors, everywhere:

The race is on between Amazon, Google and Apple. A race that Amazon is set to win this year, and CNET are keeping a smart home score board at CES so you can see who’s winning.

Whirpool demonstrated how you can build Alexa skillz to work across appliances. This is just the beginning, if those home units are to be any more useful than “what’s the weather” and “play music”.

In the sea of forgettable gadgets at CES, Leka stands apart as a smart toy with purpose. It’s a robot for children with developmental disabilities.

There is a phone with a molecular sensor which knows which strawberry is sweeter and a smart phone controlled service that promises to turn fruit into alcohol.

Here is a full run down of the deluge of smart home devices and here for smart home robots.

The BBC has raised the question whether techs sensor obsession has gone too far?  L’Oréal may be an example of this with their smart hair brush.

And finally, no self-respecting electronics show would be complete without a fridge innovation. FridgeCam lets you make your dumb fridge smart with a simple camera

 

NEW REALITIES

Technology is changing what reality means for us all, adding seamless digital layers to our physical world and creating virtual environments that are convincing enough to make us feel present within them. Through headsets, and mobiles in particular, millions will try Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and, soon, Mixed Reality. It will also soon be possible to offer VR e-commerce functionality.

CES has been relatively quiet this year as many of the headset launches happened in 2016. Here’s some of the interesting launches

Intel has shown off a headset that can replace a room’s pre-scanned furniture with more appropriate video game scenery in virtual reality.

HTC wants to drive the VR revolution by introducing a subscription service: ‘The Netflix for VR’.

Holo Cube lets you hold holograms in your hand.

A new untethered VR headset was revealed solving the tripping hazard when locked into a virtual reality.

A company has prototyped an exosuit which when combined with VR lets you experience what it would be like to fly, this brings potential military uses.

On the flipside Tinder is reminding CES attendees that real-life love beats virtual reality

 

SMART SYSTEMS

Software platforms that demonstrate understanding or intelligence can create new user experiences and improved output. These Smart Systems allow devices to understand our gestures, as well as our written and spoken words, in order to deliver experiences that are increasingly personalised and emotionally sensitive.

CES is predominantly a hardware show so smart systems are understandably underrepresented, however, it is these systems which are powering much of our business innovation in 2017. These systems include AI and Chatbots which we will cover in the implications of CES next week.

What we have seen is how car manufacturers are embracing AI with Nissan and BMW bringing Microsoft’s Cortana assistant to cars and Toyota unveil a car for a ‘meaningful relationship’ with drivers.

 

TECHNOLOGY TALKING POINTS

A robot that teaches children to read is one of the stars of the show.

Polaroid aims to bring affordability to the third dimension.

A TV thinner than a smartphone unveiled by LG.

Any screen can be a touch’ish’ screen by AirBar .

The crazy and wacky gadgets of CES 2017

 

UK NEWS

Despite the fact there was more investment in UK start-ups in 2016 than in 2010-2015 combined we are still not well represented at CES, according to Guy Shapiro, the event organiser.

Look out for our second edition of CES FWD which will round up the entire show on Monday.

 

Thanks for reading and have a great weekend.