The biggest consumer tech show of the year lands in Las Vegas this week to celebrate the next great innovations that we should look forward to in the coming months. While many will have just received tech presents just a couple of weeks ago for Christmas, CES 2017 looks to whet the appetite of those already looking for the next best thing.
The show brings together tech from next-gen TVs to futuristic cars, mobile devices and virtual reality.
Officially the CES 2017 show runs from the 5th of January through the 8th of January, but pre-show announcements are often made on the 3rd and 4th.
2016 saw significant advancements made in the world of virtual reality and the birth of the first truly successful augmented reality game. It also saw the idea of the connected car really take off, with plenty of deals between tech companies and car manufacturers being done.
CES 2017 gives the world a glimpse of the tech to come in the year and CBR has a look at what some of the most anticipated releases will be.
HTC Vive 2
Rumours have been flying around the Internet since December about the possible launch of version two of the HTC Vive.
The first generation proved to be one of the best virtual reality headsets around, and while it is only a few months old, a second generation is rumoured to be showcased at CES.
Expected improvements are rumoured to be the removal of wires by adding a wireless transmitter and the addition of 4K displays for crystal clear image quality.
An improved refresh rate is also expected to up the specs from 90Hz to 120Hz.
Although these are rumours, they are backed up by HTC offering £100/$100 off the HTC Vive headset in post-Christmas sales, perhaps because a new version is coming soon.
Lenovo’s VR headset
This may not have been highly anticipated, but, this is a big release to come out of the show.
Coming in at around £325, this VR headset prototype is expected to be released later this year and is one of several Windows 10 headsets that are being created to work on Microsoft’s Windows Holographic Platform.
What this means is that it’ll be able to run Windows Store applications.
With two front-facing cameras that will provide room-scale VR experiences it offers two 1440 x 1440 OLED panels for displays, giving it a higher resolution than most of its competition.
It’s also expected to weigh a lot less than the likes of the HTC Vive, coming in at 350 grams instead of 550 grams for HTC’s product.
In October last year Samsung acquired a company called Viv. Viv has developed an open artificial intelligence platform that gives third-party developers the ability to use and build conversational assistants, in addition to integrating a natural language-based interface into applications and services.
While CES doesn’t tend to be the number one place for mobile phone makers to reveal handsets, they typically hold them back for Mobile World Congress, it is still a good opportunity for them to show off some upcoming capabilities.
A new virtual assistant or just better voice controls may well be showcased by Samsung as it looks to recover from the whole exploding phone debacle.