2017 Trends in Tech 4

With more than 3,800 exhibitors at CES, the world’s largest tradeshow for consumer electronics, choosing just one sample of the “Best in Tech” to share is not easy. Here you’ll find a few major trends that you’ll be seeing in 2017 and the best in class products.

First, the smartphone is getting more affordable! Look for phones with more features at lower prices. Second, coding and programming will be accessible for everyone. If you know your colors and can draw, you can code robots. Finally, the Smart Home will improve your life. From our beds to the appliances we cook on, there’s an app for that!

The Smartphone with a Smart Price 

Honor 6X by Huawei is for the person interested in long battery life, sleek finish with optimized picture and video and gaming capabilities at the $250 price point. It provides a 12MP + 2MP dual lens camera with multiple shooting modes in the rear and an 8MP front camera. The screen is a full 5.5-inch HD (1920x1080p) display with 2.5 D curved glass and two days of battery life with normal use. It comes with 32 GB of memory and can be used in dual-SIM/SIM-plus-microSD card configurations. Honor 6X is currently available for purchase, but only from GSM carriers like AT&T and T-Mobile. Learn more at Store.HiHonor.com/US/Honor-6x.

Coding with STEAM at Any Age

Ozobot Evo is the next generation robot—smart and social. Evo introduces coding and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) with three ways to control its lights, sounds and movements. Users can choose from color-coding commands with any markers on any white paper, using a smart device to write code or letting Evo act independently. Among Ozobot Evo features are OzoChat for Evo-2-Evo worldwide messaging, character and content downloads and 60+ minutes of playtime on a single charge. To upgrade Evo, there are optional Marvel Avengers Action Skin kits with lights, sounds and behaviors unique to the Avenger characters. Evo is currently available at Ozobot.com and at major retailers, including Target, Toys “R” Us, Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Creating a Smart Home

The Samsung SmartThings line of products turns the average home into a smart home without wires or professional installation in minutes. The SmartThings Hub is the center of the smart home and connects to a standard Internet router using an included Ethernet cable. Once the Hub is connected, there are literally hundreds of smart devices that are available to help families control and secure their homes from anywhere. The free SmartThings app works with products from Samsung, Bose, Schlage, Yale, Cree, Osram Lightify, Honeywell, First Alert and others. The Samsung SmartThings product line is available for purchase now at SmartThings.com, Amazon.com, Best Buy, Home Depot and other home electronics retailers.

Smart Technology for Best Sleep

Sleep Number 360 is a smart bed for the most comfortable sleep using the latest in biometric sleep tracking. The SleepIQ® technology platform is self-adjusting through the night with the FlexFit™ adjustable base. Its features include ResponsiveAir™ technology that adjusts the bed’s comfort in real time, gently contouring to side, back or stomach profiles; snore detection and adjustment by listening to SleepIQ biometrics; and a feet-warming feature to help you fall asleep faster.

The new Sleep Number 360 smart bed provides an individualized sleep experience that syncs with other apps, including Fitbit® activity data or Nest Learning Thermostat™, which allows the sleeper to identify the optimal bedroom temperature for sleep. The new Sleep Number 360 smart bed will be available in mid-2017 through all Sleep Number® retail channels. More information can be found at SleepNumber.com.

Technology for Small Space Appliances

Haier Brand at GE Appliances has introduced a suite of small space living appliances to the U.S. marketplace. The Haier appliances offer the functionality and luxury of larger appliances, while their compact size makes them ideal for smaller spaces, such as in-law suites, secondary home entertaining spaces, urban condos and small houses. The small space living appliances include the 24-inch gas freestanding range or 24-inch electric cooktop, a 24-inch true European convention oven, 14.2-foot French door refrigerator with touch controls, 18-inch dishwasher and 24-inch combination washer/dryer with a stainless-steel drum. Haier Brand at GE Appliances are currently available at retailers. For more information, visit GEAppliances.com.