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From Robot Baristas to Next-Gen Touchscreens, the Coolest Gadgets Unveiled at CES 2017

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Attendees take photographs with mobile devices while standing under a tunnel wall of LG OLED 4K TVs during the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S., on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017. CES, celebrating its 50th year, will showcase self-driving cars, TVs, drones, robots and a slew of other gadgets. Photographer: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Attendees take photographs with mobile devices while standing under a tunnel wall of LG OLED 4K TVs during the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S., on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017. (Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

 

For the biggest tech convention in the United States, CES 2017, better known as the Consumer Electronics Show, was dominated by innovations to more traditional forms of technology—screens and cars.

The most impressive products unveiled at the trade show in Las Vegas arguable came from the auto industry, which showcased a fleet of next-gen concepts and road-ready models. They also brought along an understanding of where the industry is going. Many companies, like Cadillac, announced ride-sharing services or components for its vehicles.

Attendees participate in a Samsung virtual reality ride at CES 2017 at the Las Vegas Convention Center on January 5, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. CES, the world's largest annual consumer technology trade show, runs through January 8 and features 3,800 exhibitors showing off their latest products and services to more than 165,000 attendees. (David Becker/Getty Images)
Attendees participate in a Samsung virtual reality ride at CES 2017. (David Becker/Getty Images)

 

Meanwhile, the future of screens looks bigger and brighter than ever. LG showcased its W7 television, which uses the OLED tech that’s so good that Sony licensed it, is the thinnest TV on the market. Haptic touch, screens that simulate the physical feel of textures, seems to have made a comeback after struggling to produce impressive results previously. Tanvas seems to be the leading product in that field.

There were also laptops with two fold-out monitors (Razer’s Project Valerie) and a keyboard mounted projection that turns laptop screens into touch screens (such as the Neonode Airbar).

Other innovations on display included the requisite robots and artificial intelligence. Amazona’s Alexa saw a spike in usage, as it was incorporated into numerous other third-party consumer products from big brands like Mattel, Hyundai, Whirlpool, and Huawei. Drones and robots wandered the convention floor in all shapes and sizes, but kid-friendly products like Lego Boost—which allows children to build and program their own mobile lego robots—and Mayfield’s Kuri robot stood out for their ingenuity. Part of the ever growing smart home trend, robots and AI were integrated into a bevy of household products unveiled at the trade show as well.

See all the coolest gadgets from CES 2017 below.

Robotic arms make coffee in a demonstration using a pair of VS-S2 Series robots at the Denso booth at CES 2017 at the Las Vegas Convention Center on January 5, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. CES, the world's largest annual consumer technology trade show, runs through January 8 and features 3,800 exhibitors showing off their latest products and services to more than 165,000 attendees. (David Becker/Getty Images)
Robotic arms make coffee in a demonstration using a pair of VS-S2 Series robots at the Denso booth at CES 2017 at the Las Vegas Convention Center on January 5, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (David Becker/Getty Images)

 

 

Simon Tchedikian displays a Sevenhugs smart remote during a press event for CES 2017 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center on January 3, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The USD 299 device is designed as a universal remote to operate many household devices and is scheduled to be released in June 2017. CES, the world's largest annual consumer technology trade show, runs from January 5-8 and is expected to feature 3,800 exhibitors showing off their latest products and services to more than 165,000 attendees. (David Becker/Getty Images)
Simon Tchedikian displays a Sevenhugs smart remote during a press event. (David Becker/Getty Images)

 

 

The Faraday Future FF91 electric car is unveiled at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S., on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017. Faraday Future staked its claim to the world's fastest electric car with its FF91 production model, showing footage of it outracing Tesla Motors Inc.'s Model S in a glitzy event in Las Vegas. (Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
The Faraday Future FF91 electric car is unveiled at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

 

 

A Lynx robot toy by UBTECH Robotics dances at ShowStoppers during the 2017 Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada on January 5, 2017. (David McNew/AFP/Getty Images)
A Lynx robot toy by UBTECH Robotics dances at ShowStoppers during the 2017 Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada on January 5, 2017. (David McNew/AFP/Getty Images)

 

 

10 Vins co-founder Thibaut Jarrousse shows off the French startup's second-generation D-Vine tech 'sommelier' during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) on January 7, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The swirl of technology at the Consumer Electronics Show seeped into all aspects of modern life, even happy hour. Those inspired to reach for a cocktail after navigating seemingly endless CES show floors packed with dizzying displays and throngs of gawkers and talkers were in luck... there were gadgets for that. (Glenn Chapman/AFP/Getty Images)
10 Vins co-founder Thibaut Jarrousse shows off the French startup’s second-generation D-Vine tech ‘sommelier’ during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) on January 7, 2017. (Glenn Chapman/AFP/Getty Images)

 

The new Honda NeuV concept vehicle is displayed during CES at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, January 5, 2017. (David McNew/AFP/Getty Images)
The new Honda NeuV concept vehicle is displayed during CES at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, January 5, 2017.
(David McNew/AFP/Getty Images)

 

 

An Ehang 184 autonomous personal helicopter is displayed during the 2017 Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada, January 6, 2017. (David McNew/AFP/Getty Images)
An Ehang 184 autonomous personal helicopter is displayed during the 2017 Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada, January 6, 2017. (David McNew/AFP/Getty Images)

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