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Tech Times | CES 2017 highlights

Published:Monday | January 23, 2017 | 12:08 AM

The biggest consumer electronics show is over, but the buzz around some of the devices unveiled is still alive. So this week let's recap and highlight four devices that stood out this year at CES 2017.


Huawei Fit


Although Huawei unveiled the Mate 9 at CES 2017; they also had many more devices pouring onto the showroom floor and The Huawei fit was one of them. The emphasis of this device is fitness to the core with a heart rate monitor, pedometer and a promised battery of at least six days. Design wise the Huawei fit looks simple and compacted. It comes with a black and white display that most people might find too old school, but the six days of battery life is certainly appealing.


Samsung QLED TV's


So, with the scandal surrounding the Note 7 and other randomly exploding products, Samsung still came through for CES 2017 and brought their new line of QLED TV's. At the Samsung booth they had the flat 88" Q9F TV and 65" Q8C TVs which they were showing of some astonishing visuals of HDR videos. They also had informative graphics explaining how the Quantum dot has been upgraded to provide even more pure colors (True RGB) as well as strengthen their durability and energy efficiency.


ZTE Axon 7 Max


Who said 3D was dead? ZTE seem to miss that memo and went right a head building a unique Smartphone that uses naked eye 3D technology. Simply put, you can see the 3D visual effect without any additional accessories. The truth is that the first time you see the 3D on this display you'll be blown away by how good it looks. If that wasn't enough, ZTE added the ability to take 3D photos with the rear camera. We tried this feature out and it worked exactly as how it was advertised. The ZTE Axon 7 Max has all the bells and whistles that you would expect from a flagship device like super AMOLED display, the last android OS, 4GB of ram and so on.


Toyota Concept-I


Everyone has their own vision on how future tech should look and function, but Toyota took those ideas and made it a reality. CES is a place to showcase tech that person wouldn't dream existed and artificial intelligence was the main theme of the automotive industry this year. So, believe it or not Toyota said that the Concept-I can measure your emotional response to the places you drive while using the information to build a relationship with you. Yes, you read that right. I wonder what kind of personality this car would develop after a month being a taxi running Downtown to Half-Way Tree route in Jamaica. Anyhow, this is the pet project of the Californians at Toyota's CALTY design centre that believe cars should be more personally invested in our lives. This eerie future is all possible due to a built-in AI named 'Yui' which is represented by a flashing blue circle and a quirky tone; 'Yui' can be used to operate every function of the car by just speech.


Final thought


CES 2017 is the place to be for future technology and it always astound us at what can make it on the showroom floors each year.

Writer: Payton H. Wilmott