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CES 2017 wrap-up: Sunday 8th January

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CES 2017 is a wrap! As the team recover from four fantastic days of exhibits, keynote speeches, supersessions and conferences, it’s time to take a look at some of this year’s best moments.

IBM partnerships at CES 2017

Watson was making waves, as IBM and Medtronic teamed up to tackle diabetes and IBM partner Harman brought their personal room assistant to the hotel industry with the help of Watson’s cognitive capabilities.

CES Innovation Awards

The CES Innovation Awards shone the spotlight on outstanding design and engineering. Those deserving a notable mention include Aipoly Vision, AI that assists the blind by recognizing items in real-time, Cubit, a problem-solving smart DIY tool, and MotivRing, a fitness wearable compact in a ring that tracks your activity, sleep and heart rate. Take a look at the full list of honorees to discover other interesting products from this year’s exhibition.

Standing out from the crowd

With so much to choose from, it’s a tall order to pick favourites from the innovative start-up companies and smart devices on offer. We saw gadgets designed to entertain, improve fitness and well-being, and even tackle the problem of global food supplies.

Here is a selection of some of those that stood out from the crowd:

  • The ASUS ZenFone AR is the first smartphone to offer both virtual reality and augmented reality – the one with Google’s Daydream platform, and the other through Google’s Tango technology. It uses Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 821 processor, has 8G of RAM, and looks stylish into the bargain.
  • Icaros VR Flying Simulator: Icaros is a VR kit that gives gamers a tough physical workout while they try to keep to a virtual flight path. Players are suspended horizontally and must adjust their movements to stay on course. Great for the core muscles, and a lot more fun than most exercise.
  • Amber Agriculture: Start-up Amber’s array of sensors enable farmers to remotely check-on their stored grain and monitor the conditions that lead to spoilage. It’s a great way to prevent wastage and meet the challenge of food supply.
  • Willow smart breast pump: a portable gadget requiring no outlet that comes with a companion app designed to monitor a baby’s nutrition, this smart pump is already being hailed as a game-changed by mums everywhere.
  • Fisher-Price Smart Cycle: Basically an exercise bike for 3-6 year-olds, the Think & Learn Smart Cycle has a tablet holder on the handlebar that lets kids play educational games while they pedal. The idea is to exercise the brain and the body at the same time, while the bike keeps track of physical activity.
  • Whill’s Model M is an electric wheelchair with a sturdy design and omni-wheel technology that’s built to cope with tricky terrain. The built-in software has the potential to deliver autonomous driving capabilities, something the company plans to introduce. An app for wireless navigation is also in production.

Were you there? Let us know

Were you at CES this year? If you saw something interesting that you’d like to share, let us know in the comments below. Meanwhile, you can keep track of all our CES 2017 coverage with the tag CES2017.

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