We just returned from the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and our overall impression from what we saw was, well, impressive. It was the CES 50th Anniversary, and with an overall attendance of 178,000 people in over 5 million square feet of display and conference space, was a massive force of technology on display. Since our focus was mostly on computer gear, we checked out what the show had to offer in that segment and were not disappointed. Up and coming new items included both virtual and augmented reality, more advanced wireless networking equipment, gaming gear, new processors from Intel and AMD, and more.
Virtuality and augment reality was well represented by more then 70 venders in that segment alone, with Samsung Gear VR and Intel/Qualcomm being well represented among many others. Companies like these which have considerable financial clout will be investing billions into VR/AR technologies and will be driving that market to comsumers, companies and government users for gaming, teaching and training. Expect to see VR/AR shape up quickly over the next year and be in the marketplace in a big way by then.
Wireless networking speeds and distances will be bumped up by new high-speed routers from companies like Linksys, IOGear and TP-Link. One of the most innovative wireless products we saw was TP-Link's new DECO Wi-Fi system, which allows multiple unit deployment across a home or office. The units operate on a single SSID and feature seamless handoff, enablign wider converage areas with none of that dreaded signal loss.
Other new computer gear that is available soon (if not already) are new 7th Generation Intel processors, AMD Ryzen Processors, new Z270 chipset motherboards form MSI and Gigabyte, and new gaming cases from InWin.
NVidias booth was in the automotive area so they could show off their new artifical intelligence technology for autonomous vehicles. They also demo'd HDR gaming.
Our overall takeaway was that things in the computer world are jumping higher, running faster, and getting more connected to everyday life than ever before. CES 2017 was an amazing experience.