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CES 2016: We've seen the future of technology, and it works

As the Consumer Electronics Show winds up in Las Vegas, Peter Jenkinson looks back at the new tech that dominated this year's event

There are four days in January which near enough define the tech landscape for the entire 12 months that follow. This global gathering in Las Vegas is the Consumer Electronics Show (CES).

More than 170,000 people turned up over the past four days and there were well over 3,500 exhibitors, whose wares ranged from the very niche to those very much in the mainstream.

So, what can we expect for the year ahead? Well, the show has thrown up a few things we think will be vying for your cash in 2016.

Last year, it was very heavily focused on the TV market, with 4K TV and Ultra High Definition taking much of the limelight. As yet, these eye-popping displays haven't really taken mass market share, as generally the population have only recently upgraded to smart TV sets.

The noise around the TV sector this year centred on incredible 8K displays - yes, double the definition - and the annual bun fight between the major manufacturers to see who can make the biggest set.

Virtual reality (VR) has been repeatedly touted as the next big thing over the last few years, but until 2015 was never really cost-efficient, or came equipped with enough content for it to be available (or attractive) for the consumer market.

There have been VR devices showing up from a variety of manufacturers and, this year, CES again had a dedicated Gaming & Virtual Reality Marketplace, which was massively expanded for the event - 77% bigger than last time, with more than 40 exhibitors.

Not famed for being a mobile handset showcase event, major South Korean player Samsung nonetheless gave us a preview of the new S7 handset.

There were plenty of computer processing units (CPU) to take a look at, too. This is what will be powering the next generation of smartphones and the hardware gave us a glimpse into how super-speedy our handsets will be getting this next year.

We had to queue for the Nvidia and Qualcomm shows, who took speeds to blistering levels for handsets in 2015.

With robots some time away from taking over, they are still much more sophisticated and accessible than ever before and the robotics marketplace had some interesting business place robotic offerings, devices for healthcare and hospitals, which will likely mean controversial additions to ward floors, particularly when it comes to menial tasks ... at first.

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