There’s only one place to see the future of technology before it arrives: CES.
CES is the world’s largest tradeshow for consumer technology and America’s largest annual tradeshow of any kind.
Every year, the world’s tech companies converge in Las Vegas in to give everyone a glimpse of all the new tech gizmos and trends to come.
CES is glorious tech hype if you’re into impossibly thin high-resolution TVs that are crazy expensive, levitating speakers (because why not?) and new PCs.
Hot off the heels of a year that saw devices hit peak maturity, we expected to see more of the same old (smart assistants, self-driving cars, VR and AR headsets, drones, etc.), but newer, better and faster. And we did.
With more tech products shown off than previous years, it’s practically impossible to navigate through the barrage of announcements without a proper guide. Life’s too short to waste on terrible technology.
These are Mashable’s Top Picks of CES 2017. And as CES continues, this compilation lives on: We’ll update the list throughout the show, so be sure to come back to see the complete list.
Helia Smart Light Bulbs
Called Helia, the new line of bulbs from Soraa are LED lights that aim to recreate the feel of natural sunlight. The bulbs, which rely on sensors rather than Wi-Fi, emit bright blue light in the morning when you’re waking up and then slowly reduce the amount of blue light until the sun sets and all blue light is eliminated. It’s kind of light iOS’s Night Shift mode and the result is light that’s easier on your tired eyes (and brain) and less disruptive to your sleep.
AIRE Digestive Tracker
The AIRE by FoodMarble is a portable app-connected gadget that is able to analyze the amount of gas in your bloodstream the way a breathalyzer would monitor your blood alcohol level. According to FoodMarble, certain foods that don’t gel with your system cause a buildup of gas in your gut. Using a series of breath tests and food tracking, the AIRE can help you find out which foods don’t agree with your body so that you can live a more comfortable life.
CARS & DRONES
Toyota Concept-i UX
Toyota’s new Concept-i UX car integrates everything from artificial intelligence to haptic feedback to create a new kind of relationship with the driver. This will be a car that not only protects you, but knows your needs and, perhaps, even your emotions. Not only does the interior look like a cross between a race car and something out of Star Trek, but it’s got a built-in personal digital assistant called Yui that lives in the 3D dashboard and can greet you with a cheerful “Hello” or communicate with the driver through light, sound and haptic touch.
Corning Gorilla Glass for Automotive
Go ahead, throw a rock at your windshield because it might survive — if that windshield is made with Gorilla Glass for Automotive. The special glass is related to the material used in smartphones, but with added ingredients to protect it against the extreme cold, heat and sun exposure experienced by most cars. And because the glass is thinner and lighter than a standard car windshield, cars that use Gorilla Glass could be more energy efficient.
Razer Project Valerie
Razer’s Project Valerie is big, heavy, has three screens, and we’re completely in love with it. Based off Razer’s shipping Blade Pro gaming laptop, Project Valerie crams three 17-inch 4K-resolution displays into a 12-pound body for the ultimate on-the-go gaming and productivity experience. It’s just a concept for now, but that’s not stopping us from wanting one badly.
Razer Project Ariana
Projectors have never been this cool before. Ever. Another wild concept from Razer, Project Ariana is a projector that extends your computer display or TV onto your walls for a more immersive experience. Using two depth sensors, Ariana scans your room and then tells its 155-degree fisheye lens to project an expanded field of view around your main display. The result is an impressive interactive light and projection show that augments whatever is happening on the screen.
LG 55-inch transparent TV
If there’s a piece of tech at CES 2017 that looks more like the future than this 55-inch transparent TV from LG Display, we must have missed it. This see-through TV leverages the natural transmittance of OLED displays to create a ghostly screen. Its usefulness is probably more geared toward commercial applications like heads-up displays, though we wouldn’t mind having one of these in our house. LG doesn’t have plans to sell the crystal-clear set anytime soon, but we still can’t take our eyes off it.
Samsung QLED TV
Shifting focus from curved and bendable TVs, Samsung has turned its attention to dots — quantum dots, to be precise. Samsung’s new line of 4K-resolution QLED TVs use quantum dot material (nano-particle-sized silicon) to create brighter screens — up to 2,000 nits — with what the company calls “perfect color,” better contrast and improved viewing angles. Indeed the picture quality is spectacular. But it gets better: Samsung’s QLED TVs are easier to wall-mount with virtually no gap, cut down on the clutter with wireless sound bars, and can be controlled with the included remote and via a smartphone app.
For cord cutters, getting as much free content as possible is the goal. So why isn’t over-the-air TV a greater part of the discussion? Because it’s damn inconvenient to set up an antenna, connect it to your TV, and then switch inputs every time you want to “watch TV.” Not so with the Mohu AirWave, which turns broadcast TV into just another app on your Roku, Chromecast or Apple TV. There’s no messing with cables either — just set up the antenna anywhere in your house, and it transmits OTA TV shows over your Wi-Fi network. Cord cutters, your local channels are back.
The successor to one of the best 4K mirrorless cameras is here and it’s called the Panasonic GH5. The mirrorless camera’s still based on the tried-and-true Micro Four Thirds lens system, but this time around it’s got a higher 20.3-megapixel image sensor, faster image processor to handle its 4K capture at higher framerates, and autofocusing that’s 6x faster than the GH4 it’s replacing. Another standout feature is the 5-axis in-body image stabilization that should help combat extreme shakiness. And the camera’s built like a tank: The magnesium alloy body is splash-, dust-, and freeze-proof body (down to -10 degrees Celsius).