What You Can Expect at CES 2017

Set to kick off for the 50th year in a row Thursday, CES 2017 will feature hundreds of startups as well as exhibits by existing big name tech companies, including Amazon, Facebook, Google, Intel and Microsoft. Being held at several venues across Las Vegas, CES is scheduled to run through Sunday.

In addition to new products in the usual consumer device categories -- TVs, audio equipment, video game technologies and more -- CES will showcase the latest innovations in augmented reality and virtual reality, drones, biotech, robotics and smart home devices.

Among the speakers set to give keynote addresses during the conference are Nvidia founder, president and CEO Jen-Hsun Huang, Huawei consumer business group CEO Richard Yu, Nissan chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn and Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf.

A number of companies, including automotive startup Faraday Future, LG, Qualcomm, Samsung, Sony and Toyota, have scheduled press events during CES to unveil new products. As usual, though, Apple will not be attending, so iPhone fans will have to wait until later in 2017 for that company's latest device rollouts. And Samsung is not expected to make any announcements about the Galaxy S8 launch until the spring.

Smart Car Demos and New Models

Smart car technology is one area where CES is set to make plenty of headlines. The California-based electric car startup Faraday Future, for instance, plans to unveil its first model, the FFZero1 (pictured above), from Las Vegas in an event that will be streamed live later today. Like Elon Musk's Tesla vehicles, the FFZero1 was designed from the ground up as a new kind of car and features a carbon fiber body, connected intelligence and a top speed of over 200 mph.

Meanwhile, Microsoft and several partner companies have scheduled a media event for tomorrow to demonstrate a "highly automated vehicle" that...

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