CES 2017: The latest trends in Tech

5 January 2017| Post by Graham

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It’s that time of the year again where Las Vegas hosts the industries’ biggest event across three locations: Tech East, Tech West and Tech South.

CES is the world’s biggest tech event. On average, nearly 200,000 attendees fly into the Las Vegas strip for a whole week, all hunting for the latest tech due to hit our shelves this year and well into the future.

After taking a brief look through the Exhibitor list, here are some of the trendy topics and products likely to be displayed at this year’s CES, although we can’t wait to be surprised by the underdogs, there’s plenty of unknowns still left on the table.

Virtual Reality to be become even more “real”

Many of us are yet to fully experience it yet, but we all know the next big things to hit the global consumer tech marketplace will be VR.

Developers are rapidly re-tooling, agencies are looking for ways to make their mark and everyone is rushing to be first in the queue for the imminent boom.

HTC’s Vive VR Headset

We expect to see more standalone VR experiences at CES, possibly in the style of Home Theatre setups, Curved Immersive Laptops, or better headsets at a more consumer-driven price point.

Razer’s “Project Valerie” laptop with three 17-inch 4K displays.

TVs to promote HDR playback

While resolution and screen size usally steal the headlines, we expect HDR playback to become the buzzword featured on every new TV sold in 2017.

Samsung’s 4k Ultra HD HDR 49″ LED TV

HDR technology allows TVs to display a much wider range of colours and brightness than previously ever achievable and 2017 will bring colour and brightness to the forefront across all new models in all new price ranges.

Wearables & Smart Hardware to become more niche

Smartwatches weren’t quite the landmark product they were expected to be in 2016.

With the most successful, the Apple Watch often being slated for lack of usability and poor battery rendering it somewhat dormant. And Pebble, the Kickstarter fledging having just sold out to Fitbit.

EyeQue could not only detect if you need glasses, but help determine your eyesight over time.

Fitness tracking hardware, however, has survived because they have served a specific niche and have done it very well. There are plenty of other niches yet to be filled. Baby monitors, pet trackers, and even new kinds of fitness trackers will likely all be on display.

Advancing USB-C and the introducing of Bluetooth 5

USB-C

USB-C is the best connector ever invented. It’s way superior to the larger USB-A and smaller Micro USB and adds more speed more versatility than ever before in its predecessors.

The potential of powering almost any device using the same tiny connector could eventually rid us of varied cables and adaptors needed to survive in a modern connected world.

We’ll see USB-C ports launched on Apple MacBooks, Windows PCs, Headphones, TVs and many more random accessories. It’s about time a reversible two-way port became standardised.

Bluetooth 5

On the wireless front, Bluetooth 5 is truly re-inventing the technology.

With Bluetooth 5, you quadruple the range (crystal clear reception in even the biggest of houses) and double the speed up to 2 MBps, allowing accessories to be more powerful.

This technology will bring better range, incredible increases in sound quality and more powerful, faster wearable potential.

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