CES 2017: Digital Catapult’s favourites


This week all eyes have been drawn to the 50th Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, bringing together the world’s leading companies and innovators to showcase the hottest tech products for the year ahead. Below are some of the key takeaways from CES 2017 which we think will drive commercial impact.


Data is being produced at an exponential rate; according to Forbes, “more data has been created in the last two years than in the entire previous history of the human race.”

The importance of keeping data safe and secure is being addressed at CES 2017. Symantec has revealed Norton Core, its first app-enabled home router with in-built security to protect all connected devices in a home. It receives regular updates to ensure the safety of your gadgets and in a worst case scenario; it can isolate infected devices to stop malware attacks spreading.


CES 2017 gave numerous companies the opportunity to reveal IoT-enabled healthcare devices to the world. We were particularly impressed by Gyenno Technologies’ spoon, which stabilises hand tremors from Parkinson’s patients, prevents food from falling and uploads the tremor data to the cloud for doctors to analyse.

Delegates could also explore the smart home of the future, laden with several IoT domestic appliances. Watch the video below for Rory Cellan-Jones’ overview, featuring a voice activated door lock and a ‘smart snoring device’:


We were delighted to see EmoTech, who participated in our Creative Showcase, gain lots of media attention with their smart lifestyle assistant Olly. It uses deep learning to reply with accurate speech and emotions and over time will build its own personality with users. We’re really excited to watch EmoTech on their journey and how they aim to further develop Olly.


Virtual reality is one technology that dominated this year’s show. Lenovo unveiled their first headset prototype, compatible with Windows’ Holographic platform and smaller and lighter than other competitors on the market.

The automotive industry is also getting the VR treatment, thanks to Honda’s Dream Drive-in experience. Created with DreamWorks Animation, the demo drives passengers down a virtual map of the iconic Las Vegas strip, where they can interact with nearby shops and gain information about the surrounding area with help from Trolls characters. Currently the demo is intended only for the passengers, but as autonomous vehicles take over the roads, Honda plans to roll this out to drivers too.

As CES celebrates its 50th birthday, we thought it would be a great chance to look back on the last half a century of shows and reflect on the tech innovations that have come and gone:

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