It's the most wonderful time of the year.

No, I'm not talking about the holidays (although those are ok too.) I mean only the BEST week of the entire year, my reason for living, one of the best things about Las Vegas - the Consumer Electronics Show.

OMG OMG OMG. It's so awesome.

Just look at this if you don't believe me:

 

That's Paro, who is possibly my favorite invention on this entire planet. I simply love living in a world where a robotic baby harp seal therapy robot exists.

Anyway, every year, CES is where major companies come to announce their new products relating to tech, and as the world has become more tech-centric, it basically means that every company on the planet comes there to announce something.

Over the past few years, I've watched this show expand from its more humble COMDEX roots to take over pretty much all of Las Vegas (including its suites, restaurants, and nightclubs) for an entire week, with such an array of awesomeness that I can't imagine being anywhere else the first week in January.

Here's a sneak peak of CES 2017:

Augmented / Virtual Reality

There are a ton of VR devices already on the market, but content for them has been lacking. Expect more "augmented" experiences (heads up displays), entry-level VR tech as well as a plethora of content that are all geared to helping entrepreneurs save time by immersing yourself in a virtual world (rather than have to actually go outside and do stuff.)

I'm looking forward to seeing a bunch of new compatible stuff for the super comfy Google Daydream.

Automotive

Just like last year, CES is all about the self-driving cars. Expect entries from BMW, Faraday, Hyundai and others all vying to get your hard-earned dollars and while giving you some precious minutes back into your work day.

Frankly, I don't need my car to actually drive for me - if it can just take care of finding a parking spot on its own, I'll be in heaven.

Cell Phones

There are tons of rumors circulating about the phones we're going to see, with LG, Samsung and Huawei all expected to come out with some sort of "foldable" phone, giving you a smaller profile to fit those skinny jeans.

I'm honestly a bit "meh" about this. I had a phone that folded on itself 20 years ago, so these would have to be something special to make me interested.

Wearables

Under Armour, Fitbit, Samsung and others are expected to have a lot of interesting things on the table this year. This is the geek mother lode category - any part of your body that you want data about can and will be tracked.

This is one of my favorite categories every year because it is so broad and creative. There's a company with designer IoT gowns, as well as some truly beautiful reasons to start wearing a watch again that don't rhyme with "Mapple".

Everything Else

Really, there are so many categories and things and all around "stuff" at CES that whatever your interests, you will find it here. The busy entrepreneur will definitely want to stop over at the smart kitchen area, to see how quickly and easily your meal prep will be thanks to innovative companies like Drop.

And, when you happen to get overwhelmed, there's always a little Japanese baby harp seal that just adores being petted... just don't be surprised if you have to fight me off him!

Published on: Dec 20, 2016
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