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CES 2017 – Our Top 5 Tech Round-Up

January 10, 2017
OtterBox CES 2017

CES (formally known as the Consumer Electronics Show) is the world renowned, annual US based tradeshow organised by the Consumer Technology Association. It consistently features the coolest up-and-coming technology innovations from the World’s leading companies, including, of course, OtterBox!  Pre-event speculation dictated that gadgets, such as Amazon’s Alexa assistant and VR headsets, would be a forerunner in terms of what’s hot in the tech world right now.  While there was certainly no shortage of these at the event, we are beyond impressed with the surprises that CES had in store.  Following a busy show, we’ve rounded up our Top 5 Features of CES 2017:

The W7 TV from LG®

Televisions, like the OtterBox Symmetry Series range, have been consistently getting thinner over the last decade. We moved from fat screens to flat screens and now, TV manufacturers are challenging these physical limits with every new incarnation they produce.  LG’s brand new W7 television rings in at just 2.57mm, which is thinner than your index finger.  It is also 65 inches wide and weighs a mere 7.25kgs. The ports and brains of the W7 are all housed in a Dolby Atmos soundbar, which looks pretty slick and futuristic!

Super Game Boy from Retro-Bit

Nineties kids of the world, rejoice! The folks at Retro-Bit have brought us a late Christmas gift in the form of a new and modernised Game Boy! Not only will it play all of your original Game Boy, Game Boy Colour and Game Boy Advance games, but it also comes with a 10 hour battery life and shatter resistant display. With a price tag of $80, this gem looks set to make its mark on the marketplace this year.  Somebody pass us the Pokémon!

A tiny thermal printer from Mangoslab

If (like most people after the festive season) you are a bit of a featherhead, Mangoslab have produced a possible solution for you. The Nemonic printer allows you to print notes, photos, messages, screenshots and virtually everything else from your phone and turn it into a sticky note.  Simply download the accompanying App (available for iOS and Android) and this ink-free printer will instantaneously print whatever you want at the touch of a button. Simple and convenient for anyone who wants to appear as though they have their game on point.

e-Ink Smartwatch from Sony®

Sony® have issued a new take on the Smartwatch. With their keen appreciation for style, Sony® have produced a prototype of their 2nd generation e-Ink Smartwatch. The watch is thinner than a bank card, plus it can change colour and design, meaning you can adjust it depending on your outfit of the day.  Ideal if you try on twenty outfits before choosing the one you originally picked out. This is not in mass production yet, but we’ll keep are techie fingers and toes crossed!

LEGO® Robots

LEGO® has been producing robotic kits for some time. However, in the past they required some coding skills and a lot of building.  Now, LEGO® have produced Lego Boost for those of us that are less gifted and a little more lazy.  Once you build your robot (you have a choice of five different projects which include a cat, a bulldozer and a guitar) you use the companion app to drag and drop different commands, which the robot then executes. If you play your cards right, you could almost have a Lego butler…

This year’s CES show has given us a deeper insight into the up and coming technology revolutions across the  globe. We truly cannot wait to see them come to life in the very near future!  What was your most interesting observation from CES?

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