The High Points of CES 2017

CES wrapped up its final day in Las Vegas yesterday, marking the show’s 50th anniversary with a showcase of innovation and new products and technologies that are guiding us into the future.

Connectivity was everywhere, enabling nearly every product category—from self-driving cars to TVs and audio/video entertainment products.

"CES 2017 was a global showcase that demonstrated that we are in a new era of innovation where technology is valued not just for the devices it produces but for the experiences it makes possible," said Bridget Karlin, managing director, IOT for Intel.

With more than 3,800 exhibiting companies and exhibit space of more than 2.6 million net square feet, CES 2017 was a record-breaker, welcoming the world's biggest companies in addition to hosting more than 600 startups.

More than 175,000 industry professionals, including 55,000 from outside the U.S., convened in Las Vegas to drive the ever-evolving global technology industry forward.

Here are some highlights from Sound & Vision’s coverage…

The HDMI Forum previews new Version 2.1 spec

Sony unveils XBR series OLED TVs

GoldenEar demos its new Triton Reference tower speaker

LG announces five new OLED TV series and showcases the 0.10-inch-thick W7

Samsung previews cutting-edge QLED TV technology

Atmos-enabled soundbars like this one from Sony gain in popularity

Smart-home ingenuity is abundant in products like this “21st Century” Alexa-enabled intercom system from Nucleus

Headphones get more sophisticated with products like Stage Audio’s Hero, noise-canceling headphones that let you control what you hear (and don’t hear) from the outside world

Hi-res audio gets a boost from the “Stream The Studio” awareness campaign while Napster embraces hi-res streaming

TCL shows world’s first $500 Dolby Vision TV

Virtual reality dominates the show, even in audio where the room-correction gurus at Dirac demonstrated a system designed to make VR sound more realistic

LG shows its first Ultra HD Blu-ray player

SVS unveils a couple “steroidal” subwoofers

High dynamic range (HDR) video comes to your phone

Crystal LED TV makes a comeback

Ford and Amazon team up to put Alexa to work in the car

DTS’s Play-Fi wireless platform turns up in numerous products, including this MartinLogan soundbar and speakers from Onkyo and Soundcast

China’s Hisense conducts impressive laser projection demo

Kenwood demos an aftermarket head unit that puts CarPlay and Android Auto in your dash

Here’s the official CES highlight video.

"CES 2017 shifted to a new level as large and small companies from around the globe gathered to reveal solutions for many of our world's most challenging problems," said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, Consumer Technology Association (CTA). "Our industry is bettering the world through connectivity and innovation, touching literally every facet of our lives. Today's connected world was on full display this week at CES 2017—our largest, boldest show in history."

Watch for more post-CES coverage from our stellar team of bloggers.

Traveler's picture

The best was that demo of a TV that uses its screen as a speaker. Think of it, never having to mess with speakers or the rest of that junk again.