Five Hot Trends from CES 2017

 

We’re back on Canadian soil after a fast-paced trek through the halls and hotels of CES 2017. What a show! There was so much to see that it’s getting hard to do it all; it’s almost like you could use a robotic assistant to help handle some of it for you. Which, if this year was any indication, will be a reality within a few short years.

 

The overarching message for CES this year focused on a few things:

  • Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality
  • 3D Printing
  • OLED
  • Next level gaming accessories
  • Everywhere. Literally.

Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality

My favourite part of the show was looking around each booth and finding what gadget or gizmo they were pitching that related to VR or AR. Everyone had one. Not everyone can make something amazing, but some brands really stood out. Epson’s Moverio is a slick pair of AR glasses that can show you what it feels like to fly as a drone, while we saw half a dozen new control schemes thrown out there, including a fun one called Fingo that uses IR cameras to “see” your hands and fingers as interactive controllers in the game. Neat.

 

3D Printing

3D Printing continues to be a huge space, and I feel like the plastic section of Staples is going to be as big as the ink wall someday. Special mention goes out to Polaroid for their fun new 3D printer; I saw a prototype and want one. It’s coming to market soon.

 

OLED

LG continues to impress with their OLED line, rolling out the new Signature series display that comes with Dolby Atmos surround sound in a sound bar (the disappearing upwards-firing drivers on this were cool). Sony made a splash with their own OLED, but LG’s expertise and pedigree may give them an edge. Samsung continues to focus on LED with their QLED technology, which is beautiful… but it’s hard to beat that OLED look and feel.

 

Next level gaming accessories

We need to take a moment to appreciate all of the advances in computer accessories that we’ve seen in the last few years, but this year was an impressive one. Razer’s triple-screen laptop and immersive room projector, which they’re calling project Ariana, were both awesome. MSI came to the table with a handful of incredibly cool cases, components, and pre-built machines. I love that their motherboards now have anchors for 3D printed parts; you can find the specs online to print your own stuff. It’s an incredibly smart way to give back to the PC gaming community.

 

Robots

Someone call John Connor because there were robots everywhere at CES! While we saw some funky pre-built machines, I like the program-and-build kits from LEGO and Makeblock the most. Why? Because they teach kids (and adults!) to code with easy-to-use interfaces. It’s a smart way to make something challenging into something that’s even more fun.

 

There was so much more at CES, but these were some of my favourites. Did you see something cool in the Staples coverage that you liked? Let us know about it in the comments below.

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