HLC’s 3 Favorite Tech from CES 2017

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2016 was a great year for tech and with the start of 2017, everyone is waiting in eager anticipation on what new gadgets, applications, and technology this new year will bring.

Don’t worry, you don’t need to wait in suspense for very long.  The recently concluded CES 2017 has revealed just enough for us to have an idea what new tech innovations we can expect this year!

The Consumer Electronics Show, also known as CES, is a yearly gathering of technology enthusiasts and innovators.  This year’s show, which was held in Las Vegas, Nevada from January 5 to 8, 2017, brought together a record-breaking 175,000+ attendees, over 3,500 exhibitors and 6,500 members of the media making it a fitting celebration for the show’s 50th year anniversary.

Many enthusiasts from the USA and outside the country flock to CES yearly to have firsthand access to the latest technology.  Just in case you missed CES 2017, here’s a look at some of our favorite mobile tech, which you should keep an eye out for this year!

ZTE Hawkeye

ZTE Hawkeye, also known as Project CSX, is the World’s First Crowdsourced Phone.  The phone was designed based on user inputs about the features that they would like to have in their phones.  The result is a self-adhesive smart phone, which you can navigate with just your eyes.

PHOTO: ZTE | The ZTE Hawekeye is the first crowdsourced phone. It boasts of a self-adhesive surface and eye-tracking sensors that will allow you to navigate your phone with your eyes.

There were mixed reviews from the users and tech experts who reviewed the ZTE Hawkeye at CES 2017.  Although ZTE still has a lot of work cut out for them in perfecting the self-adhesive and eye-tracking features, it is definitely one smartphone that we will be keeping an eye on this year.

The ZTE Hawkeye is currently available for pre-order in Kickstarter for $199.00 and will tentatively hit the market on September 2017.

Sony VPL-VZ1000ES Ultra-Short Throw 4K HDR Home Theater Projector

Sony wowed the crowd at the CES 2017 with their latest projector, the Sony VPL-VZ1000ES Ultra-Short Throw 4K HDR Home Theater Projector.  The projector’s name should already give you an idea why we chose this gadget as one of our top CES 2017 picks.

PHOTO: Sony | This ultra-short throw projector can display a 100-inch image at just 6 inches away!

The VPL-VZ1000ES is approximately 36 x 20 x 9 inches and weighs around 77lbs.  It is High Dynamic Range (HDR) compatible, 4K resolution light laser source projector that can throw a 100-inch image at a distance of 6 inches.  Since the projector is mounted in front of viewers, you don’t have to worry about shadows or obstructions ruining your viewing experience.

One of the things we loved about this projector is your ability to manipulate the projected screen allowing you to play on screen!

The Sony VPL-VZ1000ES should be available in stores by April 2017 at a suggested retail price of $24,999 USD.  It is currently available for pre-order from authorized Sony retailers.

Project Ariana

Razer received numerous praises and awards at CES 2017 due to, none other than, Project Ariana.  This gaming projector takes environmental information from a game and projects it into a room, which will give you a one-of-a-kind immersive visual and auditory experience.

PHOTO: Razer  | This award-winning prototype, Project Ariana, brings your gaming experience to the next level!

There are no official release date for Project Ariana, because Razer is still working towards developing a consumer-ready model by the end of the year.  During the CES 2017, Razer encouraged users to provide them with feedback to help them bring Project Ariana to life.

One blog is definitely not enough to share all the gadgets and latest innovations that we fell in love with at CES 2017.  The tech that was available there set the tone for what is to come this 2017 and you can rest assured that we will be keeping you updated all throughout the year!

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