New cell phones, autonomous cars, wearables and laptops – CES 2017 was full of the latest in tech with a focus on efficiency. In case you went on a New Year’s resolution-induced social media hiatus or simply didn’t tune in, we’ve put together a quick overview of all the major trends that came out of this year’s show – and hint, we’re going to see some awesome technology in 2017. Here’s what you have to look forward to:
- Tech You Can Wear: Wearables aren’t just for your wrist anymore. CES brought us technology that consumers can wear all over – from VR and AR headsets (think, Snapchat Spectacles) to sensors embedded directly into clothing and exoskeletons, the accessories of the future are officially here. While a good number of wearables are health-related and help to track steps, heart rate and more, many of the devices we’ll see in 2017 will keep you more connected than ever. Never miss a beat by receiving call, text and email alerts no matter where you are – a type of technology that’s essential for the modern-day business professional.
- Mobile Devices: While mobile phone announcements tend to get lost in the CES madness, one thing is for sure – mobile phones are going to make you a lot more productive in 2017. With faster chips, better wireless connection and smaller, sleeker devices (yet larger screens), you’ll remain efficient even on-the-go.
- Smart Homes Will Be…Well…Smarter: Smart home devices have been around for a while, but that’s just allowed companies even more time to improve. This year, the big trend was the “Smart Home Assistant,” a voice-powered system powered by artificial intelligence technology that helps you with household chores, such as turning the lights off or queuing up your favorite playlist for a party. Any way you look at it, these devices will make life much smoother and maybe one day – hopefully – they’ll even do the laundry for us, too.
- Autonomy is Almost Here: Smart home devices affect our world inside, so the next best thing in technology would obviously be to improve the experience outside. Case in point – autonomy. Self-driving cars remained a hot topic at CES this year, and it doesn’t look like they’re going away anytime soon and in fact, are more realistic than ever. Many brands announced their plans for self-driving vehicles, but others were focused on automotive interior technology. For example, this year, cars will be more connected than ever, offering cellular data plans that record maintenance issues, driver preferences (music, temperature, etc.) and more. And if self-driving becomes a reality, this technology will be used to provide information on road conditions, traffic and routes. Sure, this seems a little futuristic, but hey, a hands-free commute where we can continue to work? Doesn’t sound too bad to us.
- Hybrid Laptops Are Hot: Long gone are the days of having to choose between a traditional clamshell notebook and the futuristic tablet; consumers can have both with a 2-in-1 hybrid device. More laptop manufacturers are hopping on the trend in the hopes of providing the ultimate productivity and it will be interesting to see what features resonate best. (P.S. see our ultra-portable 2-in-1 device, the VAIO Z flip, here).