It was tough to pull together a blog post on CES 2017. In previous years, it’s usually pretty easy to find a common theme among the range of technologies on show and go from there – be it VR, smartphones, drones, 3D TVs etc. This year was definitely different in that regard. The theme just didn’t jump out at me. There were lots of gorgeous 4K TVs, some clever drones, more smartphones and even a gaming laptop with x3 4K screens (dubbed the Razer Project Valerie, which was made even more famous after it was stolen at the show – no such thing as bad PR eh?).
Isn’t this exciting!
I find the lack of an obvious theme really exciting. It doesn’t mean there weren’t great innovations. There really were. It just means everyone was trying their own thing, so it was even more interesting.
I had started to make a list of my standout tech at the show. But then I stumbled across one thing that really stood out from the crowd. That was BMW’s Sculpture car tech concept.
Car concepts are always good for a laugh, and BMW is certainly not innocent of going a bit nuts in its concepts. This one is nuts too (just look at it – it’s got fake grass under the rear seats and a library of leather bound books), but there’s an element of brilliance in the technology thinking behind it.
Popular YouTuber Austin Evans got a great demo of the tech in this concept, and it’s mind blowing. Here’s some of the highlights that made my brain explode:
Check out Austin’s full video for even more amazement:
While I said there was no theme. I didn’t say there was no tech. Here are some other cool things that caught my eye at CES this year:
I’m sure there were many other gadgets that I missed but these are the ones that got my attention. Maybe next year I’ll be organised enough to go myself for a Spartan PR reconnaissance trip. You know, for all that B2B tech that CES is known for…