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CES 2017 to showcase virtual reality, new televisions and artificial intelligence

CES 2017 begins in Las Vegas on January 4 and will set the technology agenda for the year.

The four-day convention brings together some of the biggest names in the industry, including Sony and Samsung, alongside hundreds of start-ups to display and discuss the next generation of products and previewing them to the public.

These are some of the key areas that will receive plenty of attention during the show

TVs

A tradition for many of the big name brands is to reveal their latest TV line-ups at CES, and 2017 is expected to continue that trend. Sony, Samsung, LG and Panasonic will all be present at CES and each is expected to push their own version of ultra high definition and the latest smart TV set-ups. Though some more futuristic concepts could also be on display - last year LG demonstrated a screen that could be rolled up like a newspaper.

Driverless cars

Following a year where Uber began trialling self-driving rides on streets in US cities while Google and others continue to test autonomous cars, driverless technology is expected to be a prominent talking point at CES. Start-up Faraday Future, who first appeared at the event last year with their concept driverless electric super car are due to return in 2017 with their first production vehicle. While Hyundai is believed to be planning driverless test rides down the Las Vegas Strip during the show. Other big name manufacturers, including Honda, BMW and Toyota are also hosting events during the week.

Artificial intelligence and robotics

Given the success of the Amazon Echo, CES 2017 is likely to see a huge number of new products that can be paired with the smart home hub and integrated into the voice-controlled home of the future that is slowly becoming a reality. While robotics should once again be a popular as another means of taking advantage of improving AI, particularly in the field of education.

Virtual reality

2016 was the year VR went mainstream, as HTC, Oculus and Sony all released high-end systems to consumers for the first time. It's been predicted that 2017 will see the software begin to catch up, with more everyday users of the headsets sparking new ideas and creations. However, reports suggest HTC may use CES to introduce a new version of their Vive system as well as some new experiences coming to the platform.

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