What to Expect at CES 2017

The Consumer Electronics Show begins tomorrow. Technically, some companies like NVIDIA are giving presentations tonight. It’s all part of a huge annual electronics show that starts the year with lots of big promises and tech demos. For companies, this is a great opportunity to get advertising by appealing to tech journalists. For tech journalists, there are plenty of unique devices and people that can make for great stories. Although we won’t be attending, we will be following everything online.

What kind of things do we expect? CES can often have central themes, which are derived from certain types of devices that appear to be pretty common. Driverless cars, IoT, drones, wearables, and VR have all been popular in past years. These will certain be here this year, with more polish than before. I imagine we’ll see some more products in the AI space, similar to the Google Home and Amazon Echo. Can computers answer all our questions? Can they interface with our homes to automate tasks?

Deep learning and neural networks have been a modern research topic that have been making their ways into new products. New software products will likely try to predict actions for you to take, or do them automatically. Our phones are becoming more powerful, and finding new ways to use them can create entirely new product areas. We saw AR really take off last summer with the introduction of Pokemon Go. It’s not hard to imagine many companies will try to take advantage of that success with their own unique spins on the idea.

This is all exciting, but what about Android TV?

This January, NVIDIA will kick off CES and usher in a new year of technology innovation when co-founder and CEO, Jen-Hsun Huang, takes the stage to give the preshow keynote address on January 4, 2017, 6:30 p.m. PST, of the industry’s most exciting tech unveilings in artificial intelligence (AI), self-driving cars, and gaming.
-NVIDIA Keynote description, src: Facebook

NVIDIA may announce a successor to their Shield Android TV. Gaming is big for them, and they may try to extend their game streaming service, GeForce Now, to virtual reality or even 4K.

We may hear more about Sling’s cordcutting plans with their Android TV set-top box, the Air TV. While their website has been light on details, it does seem like it’ll have a custom launcher on top of standard Android TV.

CES is a time for device makers to announce upcoming product lines. Sony may discuss their 2017 TVs. Last year RCA was one of several new partners that would be integrating Android TV. With Android TV hitting roughly 5 million devices, we may see more OEMs dropping their custom solutions for a more robust TV platform.

Every year things feel new. Personally I’m excited to watch these keynotes and all the demos, and get immersed in these futuristic dreams. As always, we’ll keep you posted if we see anything.

Nick Felker

Nick Felker

Nick Felker is a student Electrical & Computer Engineering student at Rowan University (C/O 2017) and the student IEEE webmaster. When he's not studying, he is a software developer for the web and Android (Felker Tech). He has several open source projects on GitHub (http://github.com/fleker) Devices: Moto G-2013 Moto G-2015, Moto 360, Google ADT-1, Nexus 7-2013 (x2), Lenovo Laptop, Custom Desktop. Although he was an intern at Google, the content of this blog is entirely independent and his own thoughts.

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