It’s the middle of December, and Christmas is only one week away (sorry Scrooge’s, the Christmas spirit is alive and well at AVADirect). It also means that the biggest tech event of the year is coming too. CES 2017 is imminent, and takes place January 5-8th in 2017. The monstrous event is being held in Las Vegas again, and we are beyond excited to see what new tech and gadgets are revealed at the conference this year. We’ve made a list and are checking it twice, hoping that the sneak peek we have for you will come true in a few weeks! Here are 10 highlights to what you can expect from CES 2017.
1. AMD to Showcase new CPU
We’ve known about the new Zen architecture from AMD for quite some time now, but rumor has it that they will be having demonstrations and a special showcase just for their new Zen chips.
2. Virtual Reality
With 2016 being named the year of Virtual Reality, you can bet that there will be even more VR at CES 2017. People are looking for more content for VR, and not just in the game department. There has been some chatter of possibly having video or movie streaming in VR, but we will just have to wait and see. In addition, there may be some announcements of cheaper and more mobile headsets in the coming year, and possibly even a wireless headset from HTC.
Last CES, drones were a hit, especially the fixed-wing, auto-pilot Parrot Disco. In addition, the drone industry has grown substantially in 2016, making them a ho item on many consumers Christmas lists. We have no doubt that there will be some new additions to the drone technology revealed at CES 2017.
4. NVIDIA CEO to Deliver Keynote Address
Last year, NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang revealed their DRIVE PX 2 supercomputer for self-driving cars. This year, he is presenting another keynote speech, and we can’t wait to hear the big news from NVIDIA. They released a teaser video earlier this year, but it is still unsure as to what the big reveal will be this year. Could it be the new GTX 1080Ti graphics cards? Or something even bigger?
5. CES Innovation Awards have been announced, but not revealed
Companies across the industry are competing to win the 2017 Innovation Awards for their newest inventions. The awards cover 28 categories, and some of the products selected have not even been revealed yet. This year’s honorees include companies like ASUS, Google, HP, ReSound, Bosch and many others that will be in the running for the awards this year.
Many companies are keeping their lips zipped on the CES front for the time being, but there are sure to be more announcements as the date approaches. This year, two of our own will be adventuring out to Las Vegas for the grand CES event to check out some of the new gadgets from PC companies across the board. CES is going to be even bigger than last year, and we may have some tricks up our sleeve. Stay tuned for more about CES in the coming weeks!