Held in Las Vegas the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2017 was a global technology spectacular – with attendees coming from an impressive 81% of the world’s countries according to the Consumer Technology Association’s blog. The event ran this year from 5th January-8th January.
CES 2017 was as mammoth as previous years with tech giants including Samsung, Nvida, Google and Intel. Several exhibitors have announced revolutionary new products, from Robots equipped with face recognition technology to a Lego kit that teaches kids how to code at CES. Here are the designs we are eagerly awaiting.
ROBOT HIGHLIGHT: Meet Kuri
Mayfield Robotics’ Kuri is a dinky robot friend standing at 20 inches. This is a multi-purpose helper for your home like you’ve never seen before. Sound good? There’s more.
Tech Crunch dubs the robot as ‘like an Amazon Echo designed by Pixar’ and they’ve hit the nail on the head. Kuri can read your children a bedtime story, take video footage, provide surveillance whilst you’re out. It’s especially efficient if you’re a concerned parent: you can introduce Kuri to your family, connect him to an app on your mobile and when your children get home Kuri will send you an alert that they have arrived.
CODING APP HIGHLIGHT: Lego Boost Kit
On Wednesday at CES 2017 Lego unveiled their newest educational kit designed for children from 7 years old. There are five robot versions to choose from including a cat, a space rover and a guitar – ensuring all tastes are catered for and with 850 pieces to this kit it’s sure to keep the kids busy.
What make Boost Kits unique is that they come with a ‘move hub’ which is home to a computer, wireless system and a tilt sensor in addition to sensors that detect subtleties such as colour and motors that bring the Lego wonders to life. Kids can programme their robot to perform custom actions using simple coding and their app – genius.
TV HIGHLIGHT: LG’s Wallpaper TV
Fancy a telly that camouflages itself as dazzling high resolution window? LG’s Wallpaper might just be what you’re looking for. The high tech TV comes equipped with 4K capability, a flexible, ludicrously thin screen achieved by a sophisticated System on Chip (SOC), typically used in mobile devices.
It’s not only the screen that is super-charged, the sound bar supports Dolby Atmos playback, uses a new Active HDR system and comes at a hefty $8,000 price tag.
INTERACTIVE HIGHLIGHT: VR shoes made for walking
These sandals may look like something your gran would wear but they could allow you to walk on the moon. How?
Let us explain, these prototype feedback shoes are called the Cerevo Taclim. This super sensitive device can work across a variety of tech platforms from your laptop to your mobile working via Bluetooth – handy if you have a penchant for VR on the go.
These will be the coolest granny sandals you ever wear – they make you really feel you’re walking across a foreign landscape by sending tactile feedback vibrations which mimic the feel of surfaces including snow, sand, wood and even poison.
Which releases are you most excited for? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.