What We Loved at CES 2017

Here’s what caught our attention at the year’s largest tech summit – and what could become part of everyday life in the near future.

Dave Roegge | UPS

Convenience was the hot item at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) with everything – including the kitchen sink – designed to make our lives easier and better.

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Convenience was the hot item at CES 2017, with products designed to make our lives easier.

This year’s smart devices were even smarter, artificial intelligence was more intelligent and virtual reality looked, well, more real.

As expected, drones were one of the big stories at CES this year. Large and small drones hummed around the arena.

But not to be outdone, a caravan of cars (with smart features and ergonomic designs) rekindled man’s love affair with the automobile – just with a futuristic twist.

Here are a few other examples of cool products on display in Las Vegas:

Kuri Home Robot:

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Credit: Mayfield Robotics

The Kuri “Nanny” robot was designed for friendly-looking security and companionship.

Standing about two feet tall and weighing 14 pounds, the kid-sized entertainer plays songs, audiobooks and podcasts. It also comes equipped with cameras and speakers to watch your child or read stories.

The robot’s voice recognition capability and Wi-Fi connections can be paired with other smart home devices.

The Kuri bot doesn’t talk or even have a display screen. Instead, it communicates through a series of beeps and chirps.

Created by Mayfield Robotics, the Kuri home robot will hit the U.S. market later this year.

[Also on Longitudes: What’s Cool at CES 2016]

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Credit: HP

HP Sprout Capture Stage 3D Scanner:

HP will offer its all-in-one Sprout computer owners a chance to do it all.

When they purchase the Sprout Pro G2 with an integrated 3D scanning system, they can use the computer’s inbuilt camera to create 2D or 3D images.

Or they can “quick 3D Capture” them from the Touch Mat before manipulating, editing or printing the 3D scanned objects.

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As expected, drones were one of the big stories at CES this year.

The scanner works in tandem with HP’s new suite of apps called WorkTools, which lets users manipulate 2D and 3D content on an interactive clipboard.

[Also on Longitudes: How Asking “What If” Will Lead Us to Tomorrow’s Innovations]

Sleep Number 360 Smart Bed:

Getting a good night’s sleep may be getting easier with the Sleep Number 360 Smart Bed.

The mattress uses sensors to detect sleep activity and an app to capture your sleep patterns while automatically adjusting firmness and support based on your needs.

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Credit: Sleep Number

It also tracks how well you sleep. Air chambers fill or deflate to give your pressure points the right support based on your tossing and turning.

The 360 also integrates with fitness apps to detect what your body needs following a workout. And if you snore, the bed can tilt your head to help silence the noise.

A foot warmer even turns on before you get in. Sleep Number expects to release the bed during first half of 2017. goldbrown2

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Dave Roegge is Director of Marketing, High Tech at UPS.

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