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CES 2017 to Feature Smart-Home Devices, Drones, Robots, Cars

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The Consumer Electronics Show 2017, kicking off Thursday in Las Vegas, will feature smart-home systems like the Amazon Echo. (Screengrab)

By    |   Wednesday, 04 Jan 2017 02:10 PM

The Consumer Electronics Show, CES 2017, will feature some of the biggest electronic companies in the world, including Samsung, LG, Dell, Apple and Google.

The tradeshow, which kicks off Thursday in Las Vegas, is expected to reveal just how far the tech world has come since its showcase last year, according to USA Today.

This year’s tradeshow will showcase several technological advancements, including TVs, smart-home devices, drones, cars, robots, and more.

CES is “the one place you can go and see everything that’s out there,” said Jan Dawson, an analyst with Jackdaw Research, according to USA Today. “There are some exceptions, but it’s a great way to take the pulse of the industry.”

High-definition TVs and smart-home accessories could steal the show this year, according to The New York Times.

Ultra HD TVs, known as 4K offer a TV screen that is “two times the vertical resolution and twice the horizontal resolution” of TVs with a 1080p resolution, the Times noted.

While the Ultra HD didn’t receive the greatest reception when it was first introduced a few years ago due to its price tag, that’s no longer the case.

“Now’s a fine time to buy one,” said Chris Heinonen, who tests high-definition TVs for The Wirecutter, according to the Times.

The Apple HomeKit, which serves as a central controller for home devices, will be another attention-grabber at Thursday’s showcase.

This technology advancement got off to a rough start as well, but thanks to companies like Amazon, Apple and Google, that offer compatible accessories, smart-home systems have experienced growth.

Intelligent virtual assistants, such as Alexa, Siri and Assistant are making it easier for consumers to operate smart-home devices.

“Now there’s an ecosystem to plug into and build support around, and I think that’s going to help a lot,” said Ben Bajarin, an analyst for Creative Strategies, according to the Times.

Robots are also expected to grab much of the spotlight at the tradeshow with elite features, including legs, virtual eyes, and the ability to move around.

“You’re seeing a lot of companies taking advantage of the technologies that have been made cheaper by smartphones and video games,” said Kaijen Hsiao, chief technology officer for Mayfield Robotics, according to USA Today. “We can now finally have the robots of our dreams.”

In 2016, eye-catching products like drones, virtual-reality headsets and 360-degree cameras were on display, according to USA Today.

Consumer Technology Association CEO Gary Shapiro expects some 175,000 people to show up for CES 2017, which will mark their 50th tradeshow.

According to CBS News, tech leaders wonder how President-elect Donald Trump and his team will work with the new tech advancements when he’s sworn into office later this month.

In the past, Trump Tower’s “tech summit” excluded a social media mogul in Twitter, and Trump himself has encouraged Apple to move manufacturing from China to the U.S.

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