CES 2017: What’s In The Offing This Year?
CES 2017 - that officially commences on January 5 at Las Vegas - is the 50th anniversary of the annual consumer electronics trade show. Onlookers are bound to witness major revelations from tech titans and innovators in the areas of smartphones, virtual reality, internet of things and more. Here’s what you can expect from CES 2017.
Artificial Intelligence to march ahead
Many have already witnessed how AI devices, ranging from smartphones to smart homes, are making life simpler. The next logical step would be in the direction of consolidating and a greater reach – making it available to all.
The Verge reports, keep an eye out for Apple’s Siri, Google Assistant, Amazon’s Alexa and Microsoft’s Cortana in 2017. Though, the spotlight will be on Samsung’s own AI after its recent acquisition, Viv.
Virtual reality to steal the show
VR market may have a smaller user base, but its potential is huge. New PC based VR headsets from VR experts such as HP, ASUS or Lenovo can be expected. Microsoft’s $299+ VR headsets can also make an appearance since it announced that OEMs are working on it. Qualcomm recently revealed its plan to partner with Lionsgate to bring up a Power Rangers VR experience based on the upcoming film. The demo zone will be open at CES 2017. PlayStation VR, Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, though big names in VR will unlikely to make an appearance at CES.
Self-driving cars to boom
Self-driving cars will be a big thing in CES 2017, exhibited by both automakers and technology companies. Add to that concept cars intended to show what a self-driving car of the future might look like. BMW plans to debut a new user interface concept for the interior of the car called the HoloActive Touch system at the show. The system is a virtual “free floating” display that’s controlled via finger gestures, not a touchscreen. Mercedes will have its all-electric SUV called the EQ on display. The electric car startup Faraday Future will also debut its first production car at the event.
Robots as service providers
The robotics industry is surely evolving and making them efficient service providers. There will be several robot gadgets such as a vacuum cleaner, which will double up as a security camera and an air purifier (Unibot), an iPad-headed robot called Cutii, clothes folding robots among others, mentioned The Verge in its report. It will be interesting to see how companies and startups will explore the limits of robotics engineering.
Smartphones come with infinite possibilities
CES 2017, among newer releases by multitude of mobile phone manufacturers will witness the comeback of new range of Blackberry phones (DTEK50 and DTEK60 already being revealed) in partnership with China’s TCL. BlackBerry has entered into a long term licensing deal with China’s TCL, under which the company will design, manufacture, sell and, provide customer support for BlackBerry-branded mobile devices. The Blackberry branded smartphone, rumored to be dubbed “Mercury” will have a physical keyboard and is said to sport a candy bar design.
Samsung is also rumored to reveal a foldable phone at CES. Foldable phones hold the likelihood of to increased screen size when one pulls them out of the pocket, a feature that would be extremely beneficial for enlarging text, seeing more of the inbox, giving developers more room for app features and making video more engaging among others.
Asus has scheduled its Zenovation event in CES 2017, which promised to reveal at least 2 new smart phones one being ZenFone 3 Zoom which will feature a dual-camera module including a dual-rear camera setup and a 13-megapixel front camera. The second possibility may be ZenFone AR which will be second Google Tango phone to be commercially available, after Lenovo Phab 2 Pro.
Huawei would be showcasing its Honor 6X powered by powered by an octa-core processor and a finger print sensor along with VoLTE support. LG would be officially introducing K3, K4, K8, and K10, along with the Stylus 3.
Laptops are still there
Variants of Dell laptop, such as convertible versions of its XPS 13 laptop will be revealed. It will also launch Latitude 13 business laptop in the convertible form factor. The company may also unveil Smart Desk, a PC with a second screen and a peripheral. Lenovo will unveil 9 Yoga range of laptops. Asus, HP, MSI and Acer will also be unveiling laptops, Chromebooks, AIOs and desktops at CES 2017.
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