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CES 2017: The Most Innovative Trends to Watch for This Year

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The holidays are over, and it’s a cold, gray January day throughout much of the country. Although, as usual, the view today happens to be a bit different in Las Vegas. That’s because it’s Day 1 of the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show, which runs from Jan. 5th to Jan. 8th this year in three separate venues throughout Las Vegas.

And if this year’s CES is any indication, you’ll have plenty of excuses to stay plugged in through the winter, and all year long. So, in honor of the latest tech wizardry, why not curl up in front of the soft warm glow of your favorite high-def display monitor, and take a look at some of CES 2017’s most intriguing tech offerings?

Smart Homes and IoT Devices

For many tech junkies, last year’s Christmas gifts were dominated with Amazon (AMZN) Echos and Alexas, Google (GOOG) Assistants and Apple (AAPL) Siris. Each is a game-changing personal assistant with a catchy name and a diverse array of features… most of which will most likely be discarded and forgotten in a few months’ time.

This is unfortunate though, because if the more-than-200 smart home exhibitors at CES 2017 are any indication, IoT will only further proliferate in the coming years, and early adopters will have a leg up when it comes to maximizing them. This year’s CES IoT panels will focus on exploring the pragmatic ways IoT can benefit our lives – from basic security monitoring to customized access to appliances, lighting, window coverings, irrigation, entertainment systems and much more.


What with all the talk of hacking and cyber breaches in 2016 – from Yahoo! (YHOO) to Oracle (ORCL), and most sensationally, the DNC – it’s no surprise cybersecurity will be a major concern in 2017. Marketing exhibitors at CES this year include POMM Inc., XY Findables, C-Slide, Beseye Cloud Security Co., Ltd., and 14 other cybersecurity companies, and will feature innovations ranging from smart wallets to secure messaging and private internet access. Could 2017 be the year when we finally feel safe online again? Perhaps. If it isn’t, will we likely spend 90% of our lives online anyway? Almost certainly.


It may have taken a few decades longer than we’d all hoped when peering through nausea-inducing Virtual Boy goggles back in 1995, but in 2017, there can be little doubt: virtual reality is real, and it’s really impressive. In 2016, the virtual reality and augmented reality footprint at CES doubled in size from the previous year, and this year proves to be even more larger, with 261 exhibitors showing off their latest and greatest in VR/AR and related fields. And while early offerings like Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and Playstation VR are already proving to live up to the hype with gamers, it’s becoming increasing clear that gaming is only the beginning, as uses in health and biotech, education and many other fields are discovered.

Self-Driving Cars

Believe it or not, even in this modern world of same-day grocery delivery by drone, there are still occasional reasons to leave the house… but that doesn’t mean you have to stop streaming your favorite show or reading your favorite online finance and emerging growth publication. That’s because the smart car revolution is officially upon us, and in the very near future, it’s going to dramatically reshape the way we live our lives.

Marketing exhibitors at CES 2017 include Autoliv (ALV), Honda (HMC), Delphi (DLPH), and NVIDIA (NVDA), among others. NVIDIA CEO Jen Hsun Huang also gives the keynote speech at this year’s CES.

The area will feature various specialized technologies designed to support the future of autonomous/automated driving, including parking assist, collision avoidance, emergency braking, and in the case of Autoliv, even night vision that uses infrared sensors to indicate potential hazards long before they’re illuminated by your headlights.

Speaking of auto innovations, earlier this week CES 2017 also featured an invitation-only “investor event” at the Tesla (TSLA) Gigafactory in Reno, Nevada. If you weren’t lucky enough to get an invite, you can check out this drone footage of the facility being built here:

Check into next week for more on the announcements made at CES 2017 this year! Tell us in the comments what you’re most excited about at this year’s show.

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