Last week, Las Vegas was transformed into a completely different kind of mecca. Instead of the casino and entertainment heaven it is known for, Sin City turned into tech geek central during CES 2017 – not that we are complaining. Who cares about the Cirque Du Soleil when the show floor at the Bellagio is home to some of the most futuristic technology the world has seen to date?
With CES 2017 done and dusted, it is safe to say that we have seen a jaw-dropping array of technology at the exhibition this year. The 50th year of the biggest tech show in the world has given us a glimpse of the future – like each instalment always does. Besides, tablets and LCD TVs were only just newly-invented gadgets showcased at the tech show once upon a time.
From fitness tracking rings to refrigerators that will keep track of your milk’s expiry date and do your weekly grocery shopping, these inventions at CES 2017 has blown our minds. And while some of them are already out in the market, some are still concepts or in their early stages. We are infinitely excited to see what this means for the future of tech.
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Gone are the days of the bulky Fitbits. Motiv has managed to fit everything into a fitness tracker ring. Motiv’s ring tracks sleep and fitness, which includes steps, calories, distance, and even an optical heart rate sensor.
The waterproof ring is available in rose gold or grey and comes in seven sizes – definitely an improvement from the one-size-fits-all fitness trackers on the market. In the future, we can imagine fashion brands working to come up with statement pieces. The fitness tracker will not only be just a gadget but a statement piece at the same time. Working out has never looked so chic.
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Just when you thought our television screens can’t get any thinner, LG surprises us even further. At CES 2017, the company announced the thinnest OLED screen we’ve ever seen – at just 2.5mm thick.
The W7 Wallpaper OLED TV doesn’t need a stand or table, but can be mounted on a wall. The 65-inch W7 is available on the market at a hefty price of S$11K. While that is a price to pay, we can definitely see other companies catching up and ridiculously thin TVs becoming the norm 10 years from now.
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While it has had some issues the past CES, Chinese-backed startup Faraday Future unveiled its self-driving electric car, the FF 91. The model can accelerate from zero to 60mph (97km/h) in 2.39 seconds and comes with impressive sleek features – such as a LIDAR sensor and self-parking via smartphone.
Faraday Future isn’t the only automobile company introducing electric cars. Others include Fiat Chrysler, Ford, and BMW. Perhaps Uber’s self-driving cars concept isn’t too far-fetched after all.
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LG announced a connected smart refrigerator that includes both the webOS operating system and Amazon’s Alexa assistant integration.
The smart fridge has a 29-inch front touchscreen with Instaview, a panoramic camera that can show you the contents of your fridge and send reminders if products are near their expiration dates. The fridge allows you to look up recipes, play music, check the weather, and shop for your groceries online via voice command.
This is just one of the gadgets at CES 2017 that gives us a preview of smart homes that are getting bigger.
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If you think a hair brush is just an ordinary hair brush, you can’t be any more wrong. CES 2017 saw the world’s first-ever smart hairbrush, Hair Coach.
Withings, the brand behind some of the sleekest and smartest smartwatches, partnered with Kerastase and L’Oreal Paris to come up with a technology that might just revolutionise the beauty world as we know it.
Hair Coach is loaded with sensors and will tell you the health of your hair. The smart hairbrush contains microphones that pick up the sound of the bristles working their way through the strands of hair. Based on the sound, the brush can tell if your hair is dry, damaged, or oily – and then help you address the issue.
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