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CES 2017 Round-Up

Audra Reigle
Assistant Technology Editor

A new year brings on a whole world of new technology. The Consumer Electronics Show, which was held Jan. 3-8 in Las Vegas, brought many tech companies together to display the latest technological innovations. From kid-friendly technology to the latest computers, CES 2017 had it all.

The Rapael Smart Glove from Neofect is being launched as a rental for those looking to use it outside of hospitals, according to CNN. It’s a “high-tech rehab device” used for hand training. Currently, the glove is only available to hospitals and rehab centers within Europe, the U.S. and Asia, but it can be rented for $99 a month alongside its Android tablet companion. By tracking the user’s play time and progress through an app, doctors and patients can see how the glove helps them. The app will also be made available for Android users without the glove.

For gamers, Retro-Bit is picking up off of the success from the re-release of the NES to launch a retro Game Boy, according to Gizmodo. The system looks almost exactly like an old school Game Boy, but Retro-Bit’s version has two additional buttons below the A and B buttons. It will play all previous Game Boy, Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advance games. The retro Game Boy launches in August with an $80 price tag.

Razer is planning a gigantic gaming laptop with three screens, according to TechRadar. “Each of the three displays is a 17.3 inch IGZO panel with 4K resolution,” TechRadar said. The laptop, dubbed “Project Valerie,” doesn’t have many details released about it just yet. All that is known is that it’ll come equipped with a GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card and that it’s expected to be around 38 mm thick and 5.5 kg. Project Valerie is only a concept right now, so there’s no information on a launch date just yet.

LEGO is working on creating new toys to help kids learn how to code, according to CNN. The LEGO Boost kit carries off of the success of other similar kits. This one allows kids to build models with the help of sensors and motors. Kids can build one of five models, and then move that model around using the Move Hub packaged in the kit. An app, which is required for download, will allow kids to add voice recordings to their models and play with 60 coding activities. It will be released later this year for $160.

Samsung is trying to move on from their explosive Galaxy Note 7 and washing machine issues of 2016. With their new Chromebooks, users will be able to run apps from Google’s Play Store, according to CNN. The Chromebook Plus and Chromebook Pro will function as both tablets and laptops and they will feature stylus support. The Chromebook Plus launches in February with a $499 price tag and the Chromebook Pro will be released in the spring, though a price hasn’t been announced yet. In addition to their Chromebooks, Samsung announced their first gaming laptop, the Notebook Odyssey, among other products such as new TVs, washer and dryer sets and kitchen appliances.

These are just a few examples of the new products shown at this year’s event. It’s clear that 2017 will be an innovative and great year for tech producers.