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CES 2017: all the latest gadgets from this year's key tech show

T3 logo T3 05-01-2017 David Nield

Courtesy of T3: T3 image© Courtesy of T3 T3 image 2017 is certainly starting with a bang as far as gadgets go, with the biggest tech firms in the world gathered in Las Vegas for the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this week. To save you the trouble of pushing your way through the crowds, we'll be covering the event live.

Here's the best of what we've seen from the show so far... 

Electric cars, kids' bikes, and friendly robots

© Provided by Future Publishing Ltd. The mysterious Faraday Future has treated CES attendees to a demo of its FF 91 electric car with self-driving capabilities, which it says is ready to take on Tesla in the next generation of road wars. The car's 130 kWh battery offers a range of 378 miles and can reach 0-60 mph in 2.39 seconds, Faraday Future says.

It's packed with smart features - so it can recognise who you are as you approach and adjust the driving position accordingly, for example - but even though it appeared on stage in Las Vegas, the car won't appear in your driveway until 2018.

Meanwhile, make sure your little ones are still getting some exercise while they play on the iPad with the Think & Learn Smart Cycle, launched at CES by Fisher-Price. There are a set of games to go with it too, that sync with the speed of the pedalling. The bike (which stays stationary, in case you were wondering), will be out later in the year for $150 or so, which is roughly £120.

Also likely to catch the attention of younger folk is the Kuri robot, one of a growing number of smart robots designed to act as assistants and companions in the home. Designed by an ex-Pixar employee, Kuri certainly looks cute enough, and can read out kids' stories, keep an eye on your home, control other gadgets, answer your questions and more besides. 

Lego and smart gadgets

© Provided by Future Publishing Ltd. Lego has a new product line called Boost aimed at teaching kids to code and building some cool-looking robots at the same time. From the summer, $159.99 (about £130) gets you a Boost kit with a motor, a sensor, and a pile of bricks, and everything can then be programmed using the matching apps for Android and iOS.

CES is known for its quirky gadgets and in that department it's hard to beat the Kerastase Hair Coach. It's a smart hairbrush made by Withings and L'Oreal that uses a microphone and sensors to monitor your brushing technique - the device can then tell you exactly what you're doing wrong, and in theory will put an end to frizziness, dryness, breakage and split ends. It's going on sale in the middle of the year for about $200 (roughly £165).

And speaking of smart household gadgets, take a look at the Kolibree Ara, which (at last!) brings artificial intelligence to your toothbrush. As with the smart hairbrush, the idea is your brushing gets analysed and the accompanying app gives you feedback on how to get those pearly whites looking shinier and cleaner than ever.

Sound and audio

© Provided by Future Publishing Ltd. LG has some funky-looking audio kit on show in Vegas, including not one, not two, but three sound bars. The SJ9, SJ8 and SJ7 come in different configurations, but at the top-end you get Dolby Atmos sound, 4K signal pass through, 24-bit Hi-Res Audio and even built-in Google Cast support.

Then there's Logitech's G533 Wireless Gaming Headset, featuring DTS Headphone:X surround sound and premium materials for an upgraded PC gaming experience. Unlike a lot of gear on show at CES, you can buy it in the very near future, for $149.99 (about £120). 

Smart 4K TVs

© Provided by Future Publishing Ltd. Samsung has three new TVs - the Q9, Q8 and Q7 - that it's labelling as QLED, or Quantum Dot LED (like OLED, but different). With better colour and brightness management, Samsung says it's the most "true-to-life picture" you can get. The Q8 models are curved, for a more immersive experience.

Meanwhile Panasonic has packed 4K Ultra HD, HDR and OLED technology into the EZ1002 (the EZ1000 outside of the UK), a new 65-incher that promises "professional grade image processing" and is capable of twice the brightness of a normal OLED panel - according to Panasonic at least.

Also at CES: 4K televisions with Amazon Fire TV technology built into them, made by Seiki, Element and Westinghouse. Basically, all the apps and functionality of an Amazon Fire TV, but integrated into the set, so you don't need to plug in another box or a dongle.

Laptops and 2-in-1s

© Provided by Future Publishing Ltd. There's been an avalanche of laptops and 2-in-1s at CES, so if you're in need of a new computer, you should find something of interest to fit your needs and budget.

One of the most impressive models - even if it's probably out of your price range - is the gaming laptop juggernaut that is the Acer Predator 21X. This 21-inch, curved-screen monster was first shown off last year but it's back at CES with a price tag: from $8,999 or about £7,330. For your money you're getting two GeForce GTX 1080 X graphics cards, the latest Intel Core i7 CPUs, up to 64GB of RAM, and up to four 512GB SSDs.

You don't have to spend that much though. Acer is also demoing the Aspire VX 15 and V-Nitro lines in Vegas, which pack some impressive specs into much slimmer bodies that one the Predator 21X is sporting. With a choice of i5 and i7 processors and Nvidia GeForce graphics, prices start at a more reasonable $799 (about £650).

© Provided by Future Publishing Ltd. The Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 looks like being one of the stars of CES this year. The XPS 13 is one of our favourite laptops of the moment and it's now available in hybrid format, so you can flip the screen over and use it as a tablet as well as a laptop. Prices are going to start at $999 (roughly £810), though that will go up depending on the spec you choose.

Dell isn't finished there either. It has a new Latitude 5285 2-in-1 model aimed at business users, with some advanced security software and a fingerprint reader. There's also the Dell Inspiron 15 7000 laptop, aimed at gamers on a budget - with an FHD (1,920 x 1,080) LED display, 7th-gen i5 processors from Intel, 4GB of memory and a choice of entry-level Nvidia chipsets, prices start at $799 (about £650).

Smartphones and wearables

© Provided by Future Publishing Ltd. CES isn't known for smartphone launches but Huawei sub-brand Honor has launched the Honor 6X to tempt those on the look-out for a decent phone that doesn't cost much. With a  5.5-inch Full HD display, a smart-looking brushed metal chassis, and 3GB of RAM combined with a nippy processor, it's an appealing option at the recommended retail price of £229 (UK) and $249.99 (US).

© Provided by Future Publishing Ltd.BodyTrak offers a new way of measuring all your vital statistics - through your ears. These professional-level earbuds can keep track of your core body temperature, your heart rate and a bunch of other advanced health and fitness readings... oh and they'll still play your music too. They're expected to launch in the summer.

Smart rings, surround sound, VR controllers and home robots

© Provided by Future Publishing Ltd. If you've always wanted a fitness tracker but don't want anything on your wrist then you're in luck - Motiv is showing off its smart ring at CES 2017. Apparently it can monitor steps, sleep, calories and even heart rate from your finger, and lasts between 3-5 days on a single charge. It's up for pre-order in the US now for $199 (about £165).

For those of you who'd rather invest in a quality pair of surround sound headphones there's the Cloud Revolver S from HyperX. Its maker is claiming it's the first plug-and-play, 7.1 Dolby surround sound pair of headphones of its type, with a high-quality sound card built into the USB dongle. It can be yours from February for $149 (about £120).

© Provided by Future Publishing Ltd. We've also been quite taken by the new 3DRudder Wireless controller, which lets you move through VR with your feet as well as your hands and fingers. Controlling the action in VR is tricky at the best of times and we're hopefully that alternative input devices like this could help - it goes on sale in the spring for $199 (about $165).

Meanwhile Kuri, from Mayfield Robotics, is also being shown off in Las Vegas this week. The home robot is like an Amazon Echo with extra personality, and it's designed to be as much a companion as a smart assistant. It won't be available to buy until the end of the year, and it's already got a lot of competition.

Smarter networking

© Provided by Future Publishing Ltd. If you've got a fast, reliable broadband connection at home, consider yourself lucky. Companies like Google and Eero are trying to improve home networking and plenty of other tech outfits at CES are following suit.

Seasoned networking expert Linksys just unveiled its Velop Wi-Fi mesh system, where each device acts as a router, repeater and access point, ensuring strong coverage over your whole home - oh and it works with Amazon Alexa too. A single device goes for $200 (about £165), with bigger savings the more you buy.

Then there's Norton Core from Symantec, better known for its security software. This Wi-Fi router uses machine learning and some advanced security tools to keep your Internet-of-Things-enabled home secure. Again the price is $200 (about £165).

Lenovo: VR headsets, new laptops, a smart home speaker, and more

© Provided by Future Publishing Ltd. Lenovo is having a busy CES: the Chinese tech firm has unveiled a bunch of new products in Las Vegas, including two new powerhouse laptops built with gamers in mind. The Legion Y720 and Legion Y520 come with VR-ready Nvidia graphics (an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 configuration is available), the newest 7th-generation Intel Kaby Lake i7 processors, Dolby Atmos sound, and some funky keyboard backlighting.

The Legion Y520 goes on sale from February, with prices starting at $899.99 (about £730). The higher-end Legion Y720, with the option of a 4K display, can be yours from April, starting at $1,399.99 (about £1,140).

As we said, these are VR-ready machines, and Lenovo has also been demoing a lightweight VR headset for Windows that will set you back less than $400 (£325) - it won't have the graphics quality of the Vive or the Rift, but it won't cost you as much. As yet we don't have pricing, a launch date, or even a name.

© Provided by Future Publishing Ltd. Added to that is the Miix 720 2-in-1 tablet/laptop hybrid, running the same Kaby Lake processors and with the Surface Pro 4 firmly in its sights (it even has its own stylus). It goes on sale in April, priced from $999.99 (about £815).

Lenovo has also unveiled its answer to the Amazon Echo in the form of the Lenovo Smart Assistant. In fact it's so much like the Echo, it's running the same AI software - Amazon's own Alexa assistant. It's a US-only exclusive for now though, on sale from May for $129.99 (about £105).

There are also new ThinkPad X1 laptops aimed at business users, a smart network storage drive, a keyboard-equipped remote for your smart TV, and apps for its Phab 2 Pro phone powered by Google's AR Tango technology.

More from LG: smart TVs, smartphones, floating speakers and more

© Provided by Future Publishing Ltd. LG has a strong presence this year and some snazzy new 4K TVs for you to take a look at. Its 2017 Super UHD TV line-up features what the company is calling "nano cell" technology, where the screen is made up of uniformly-sized, microscopic particles.

That leads to more accurate and realistic colours than ever before - according to LG. The party trick is that each nanoparticle can blend with its neighbours for a more life-like look.

The SJ9500, SJ8500 and SJ8000 ranges use LCD technology and come with an advanced HDR (High Dynamic Range) mode, as well as LG's webOS software. We're still waiting for pricing and availability information.

© Provided by Future Publishing Ltd. Included amongst the other wares LG is showing off in Vegas is the Levitating Portable Speaker, which pumps out your tunes via Bluetooth and floats in the air thanks to the power of magnetism. It lasts for 10 hours between charges but LG hasn't yet said how much it will be or when you can buy it.

There's plenty more to talk about from LG: for the audio fans out there, this surround sound wearable - kind of like a next-generation pair of headphones - can make your movies, music and games sound great even when you're away from your home cinema setup.

And while they might not be flagship phones, the mid-range handsets unveiled by LG at CES this week are definitely worth a look for those who are after good value (and they're all running Android Nougat too): the stylus-equipped Stylus 3, the K3, the K4, the K8 and the K10, with displays ranging from 4.5-inches to 5.7-inches.

More from Samsung: curved monitors, high-end audio and more

© Provided by Future Publishing Ltd. As one of the biggest names in tech on the planet, you would expect Samsung to have a strong showing at CES 2017 and it hasn't disappointed so far. We like the look of the curved CH711 gaming monitor, a 2,560 x 1,440 pixel resolution beast that gives you a juicy 178-degrees' worth of viewing angle.

Available in 27-inch or 31.5-inch sizes, the monitor can be adjusted to sit horizontally or vertically - should you want to put your curved gaming monitor in a vertical position.

Samsung is also impressing us with its audio products in Las Vegas this year. Both the H7 wireless speaker and MS750 sound bar use a digital audio upscaling technology developed by Samsung itself that promises crystal-clear audio no matter what your source. Considering Samsung picked up audio specialists Harman last year, we're hoping it sounds as good as Samsung is promising.

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