The Las Vegas 2017 Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2017) has just wrapped up, and once again, we got a sneak peek at what technologies are on their way to Australia. Many new gadgets and technologies including unbelievably thin TV screens were showcased at the show. Here’s our roundup of the most innovative concepts and designs you’ll want to keep an eye out for in 2017.


1. Sevenhugs Smart Remote



Sevenhugs has announced its new Smart Remote, which is a stand-out when it comes to universal remote controls. The Smart Remote has built-in internet access, allowing the remote control to interact with over 25,000 smart devices you may have in your home. If you point it at your TV, the Netflix interface will appear. Point it at your lamp, and the Philips Hue controls will appear. With a small charging dock that can sit on the coffee table, the Sevenhugs remote is designed to complement any space where sleek technology is a focus. Our favourite feature? Losing your remote is a thing of the past. If you misplace the remote, you can simply ‘call it’ using your smartphone. Unifying a smart home has never been easier.


2. Tanvas


Tanvas is reinventing touchscreen control. This next-generation technology allows users to feel sensations of what they’re looking at on their tablet – such as making objects on the screen feel light or heavy, smooth, sticky, stretchy or stiff. While this sounds like magic, Tanvas are achieving this through electrostatic fields, which mimic sensations and create friction to fingertips. Until now, the only type of haptic feedback that’s been available is the familiar buzz of vibration, which smartphones have used for alerts and other features since the start. We’re looking forward to seeing how this technology is used by developers in retail, gaming, consumer electronics, education, automotive and visual impairment in coming years!


3. LG OLED W7 Television


The latest iPhone is 7.1mm thick. The new LG OLED W7 Television’s thickness is just 2.57mm. With a 65-inch display, it’s just one of the new television technology concepts being created (Samsung also announced a similar product at CES). LG’s TV hangs flush to the wall from a light steel frame, or it can be pushed even flusher to the wall using the available magnets.

How they’re achieving this is removing all of the inputs from the display. Power and input ports are now on LG’s Soundbar, which is designed to sit under the television. With the LG OLED W7 Television commencing shipping in the US in March, the availability of these razor-thin televisions shouldn’t be too far away for Australian consumers at all.


4. Honda Riding Assistant Technology


We now know what Honda has been using their sizable R&D budget for in recent times. Revealing its new Riding Assistant technology, a motorbike is now kept completely balanced at slow speeds (such as when it’s being pulled out of a parking space or traffic light). Any motorcycle rider knows the fear and potential shame of dropping a bike – could this be a thing of the past?

This impressive technology even works with no rider onboard and to keep the weight down, doesn’t use traditional gyroscopes for balance. Instead, the angle of the front is automatically lowered to improve stability. Simultaneously, left and right steering adjustments are made at a minuscule rate, to ensure the bike always maintains balance.

Still in concept phase, we’re unsure if we’ll ever actually see this technology used on bikes on our roads, but it’s something to remember and look out for in coming years.


5. Kolibree AI Smart Toothbrush



Possibly the most significant development in dental hygiene since the original electric toothbrush, the Kolibree AI Smart Toothbrush uses Bluetooth and connects to an app, which collects data from brushing techniques using integrated artificial intelligence (AI). This data can be presented to you (or your dentist!) in a weekly email. In coming months, a multi-international clinical study is being undertaken to ascertain how AI helps improve oral health. Priced at $129 and available for pre-order in February, this is one of CES’ most attainable showcase technologies.


6. Kuri Robot



2016 saw an influx of robotic technologies enter the consumer market. The one thing missing was the actual ‘robot presence’ that many of us have grown up to expect as parts of our far-off futures, from loveable housekeeper humanoid Rosie from the Jetsons, to R2-D2 and WALL-E.

Until now. Introducing the Kuri Robot from US startup Mayfield Robotics. This 50cm tall robot responds to its users with head movements, sounds and facial expressions. Using voice-control, the Kuri Robot is equipped with a 1080p camera, allowing home owners to set Kuri out on ‘partrol’ to check up on pet behaviour and do a once-over of the home while you’re away. Four in-built microphones allow for voice commands, music and podcast playback are possible with dual speakers, and of course, it’s all connected through Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

Available for pre-order at $699, the Kuri robot would make a fun and conversation-worthy addition to any household.


7. Faraday Future FF 91 Concept Car



Tesla revealed their game-changing Model S car at CES 2016, brining electronic cars to the attention of the mainstream market. Now in 2017, Faraday Future have revealed their FF 91 concept car, a head turner for any auto lover.

The FF 91’s battery gives the driver a range of just over 600km on a single charge, as well as staggering horsepower, which outperformed Ferrari and Bentley when showcased. Only million-dollar machines such as a Ferrari LaFerrari can summon 1000 horsepower, while Tesla’s top electric sedans provide a 480km range.

Dozens of individual screens surround the driver and front and rear passengers, presenting information and providing interfaces for controls. There are even screens in the pillars on the outside of the car, welcoming the driver by name as he or she approaches the vehicle. Side mirrors are also now a thing of the past, being replaced with a series of HD cameras and displays.

Entering production next year and already receiving a reported 64,000 pre-orders, there’s still speculation of a final price for this new breed of automobile.


Now over to you – what do you think was a stand-out from CES 2017?