Top 5 Pieces of Consumer Tech to Watch in 2017

Tech Exec. looks at some of the best reveals at CES 2017, involving an Air Quality Tracker and Honda's Self-Balancing motorcycle.

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The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) kicked 2017 off with a sneak-peak into some of the exciting technology that will be released throughout this year.

Currently being held in Las Vegas, the annual event saw huge progress being made in the Virtual Reality (VR) and wearables industries.

Tech Exec. has created a list of some of the best technologies that were revealed:

Plume’s Air Quality Tracker

Plume Labs have come up with a wearable for citizens living in heavily polluted areas.

It takes into account several factors such as nitrogen dioxide levels in the atmosphere, as well as weather variables like the temperature and humidity. The wearable, which can be attached to a bag, bike or your clothes, will then produce the pollution status of the past 12 hours with several different coloured LEDs.

This is an important stepping stone towards understanding the issues that pollution can cause and it creates new methods for customers to stay healthy as air pollution reaches all-time highs.

Osterhout Design Group’s AR/VR Glasses

Despite a solid IoT concept and significant social attention, Google Glass was not successful. However, Osterhout Design Group (ODG) have taken the idea and developed it into something more, bringing Artificial Reality (AR) and VR into the eyewear.

Ralph Osterhout, CEO of ODG, says that the glasses could potentially be a new medium that consumers interact with online.

“ODG is pioneering glasses for the masses that play movies with cinematic clarity, drop you inside immersive 3D interactive experiences, and reveal new worlds of invention and productivity,” he said.

“This is so much bigger than just a device, it’s about a whole new computing medium that will transform how we interact with and discover information, and engage with people and objects in the world around us.”

The glasses look quite slick as well, which is an additional bonus.

The new ODG AR/VR Glasses
The new ODG AR/VR Glasses

 

Tactai Touch

VR took another huge stride with Tactai Touch, which not only lets you see a virtual world but lets you feel it as well.

Tactai co-developed this with electronic company Ericsson to create a virtual reality experience that no other company has been able to match.

The wearable platform allows consumers to grab features of the video as well as pausing it.

Taking the immersive, interactive entertainment to a new level could potentially change the future of the entertainment industry. Can you imagine feeling the snow in a movie like ‘Frozen’?

LG’s Thinnest OLED TV

CES showcased LG’s new W-Series 4K OLED TV, which is notable for its slight build, at only 2.6mm wide.

Often, companies sacrifice the quality of the product for aesthetics, however, LG has overcome this problem. Not only have they maintained the quality of previous products, but they have improved upon it with plentiful features like better colour accuracy and higher brightness levels.

Honda’s Ride Assistance Motorcycle

Automotive technology in the past few years has largely been seen through the development of autonomous cars and sensors.

Honda, however, has taken a different approach with a self-balancing motorcycle that could potentially save thousands of lives using AI technology.

Honda's Ride Assistance Motorcycle
Honda’s Ride Assistance Motorcycle

When travelling at fast speeds, it’s difficult to retain the control and balance of a bike. Honda has addressed this safety concern by introducing a system that can keep itself upright at all times.

The innovative technology retains the speed of the bike with the added bonus of extra safety.