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The pitch has always been a simple one: Place your phone down and watch it charge automatically, without the fuss of finding an outlet or connecting a power cord. The reality of wireless charging, however, has been anything but.
Differing technologies and incompatible standards have hindered broader adoption of wireless charging. It was good enough to work in Oral-B electric toothbrushes in the early ’90s, yet most phones still lack the ability to charge without a power cord.
But 2017 appears to be the year wireless charging gets its act together. You’re starting to see an accelerating trickle of products incorporating the feature, from a Dell laptop unveiled at CES to automakers looking for a way to more easily power their electric vehicles. The most obvious spark could come from Apple, which appears ready to get off the sidelines and commit to the feature in a big way by joining the Wireless Power Consortium. The rumors of the iPhone 8 getting wireless charging alone are enough to get people thinking about the feature.
Samsung dropped 3D support in 2016, Vizio hasn’t offered it since 2013. Other smaller names, like Sharp, TCL and Hisense, also failed to announce any 3D-capable TVs at .
The 3D feature has been offered on select televisions since 2010, when the theatrical success of “Avatar” in 3D helped encourage renewed interest in the technology. In addition to a 3D-capable TV, it requires specialized glasses for each viewer and the 3D version of a TV show or movie — although some TVs also offer a simulated 3D effect mode.
Despite enthusiasm at the box office and years of 3D TVs being available at affordable prices, the technology never really caught on at home. DirecTV canceled its 24/7 3D channel in 2012 and ESPN followed suit a year later. There are plenty of 3D Blu-ray discs still being released, such as “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” but if you want to watch them at home you’ll need a TV from 2016 or earlier — or a home theater projector.
Analysis: The long-predicted connected home of the future finally felt ubiquitous at CES 2017. The good news? You may actually love it.
Alexa’s momentum isn’t surprising given the amount of hype over the last year. For Alexa’s competition, Google Assistant is still new as a smart home assistant, and Apple is sticking to its slow-burn approach to growing Siri and its iOS HomeKit platform. That’s why our Scoreboard has a loose quality breakdown. I didn’t want to simply hand Amazon a prize for supporting yet another smart plug.
Autonomous vehicles. Superthin TVs. Triple-screened laptops. And Alexa everywhere. Welcome to another year in tech from Las Vegas.
Fifty years from now, the CES show floor may be some hybrid of the real and virtual world, as telepresence minidrones hover and swoop through the aisles, beaming the scene back to our VR contact lenses. But in 2017, the 50th anniversary show was something that would’ve been an equally unrealistic sci-fi vision to attendees of the first electronics exhibition in 1967: wall-sized TVs as thin as a house key. Electric cars that can drive themselves. Tiny robots that stand guard in your home. And an entire house that you can control with your voice. All of them real, touchable and available to home consumers soon, if not already.
Below you’ll find our selections for 15 categories, which range from accessibility tech to wearables. We’ll announce our category winners tomorrow, which is also when we’ll reveal the recipient of our Best of the Best award, the most coveted prize of them all. That special award is selected from our pool of category winners.
Get ready for some friendly robots in your airport. LG made two different ones — one is the Airport Guide Robot while the other is a Cleaning Robot. The Airport Guide robot, well, guides you through the airport. Simply feed it your boarding pass and it will tell you how to get to your gate and when your flight is going to take off. It can also respond to your voice, tell you the weather of your destination, and offer directions in one of four languages: English, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese and Korean.
Honda’s bike doesn’t just help a person keep a bike upright, though. The motorcycle also keeps its self upright, even without a rider. The researchers realized that if a bike can stay upright on its own, then why not allow the bike be able to drive itself, so it did. If you’re thinking that Honda has outfitted their research bike with gyroscopes, though, you would be mistaken. Instead the company has taken its Uni-Cub mobility research and applied it to a real-world problem.