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CES 2017 preview: What to expect in wearable tech, VR and smart home

Half of Team Wareable is prepping for CES 2017 as we type, the other half smiling smugly in their post-holiday glow. This year we’re a media partner and the big Las Vegas expo officially begins on Thursday 5 January. Check back on the site for startup and crowdfund launches on Tuesday 3, though, and big press conferences (including Samsung, Sony and HTC) on Wednesday 4 January.

Check out all the official info at CES.tech.

We’ll probably see new wearables from Fitbit, Garmin, Samsung, Polar, Jabra, Misfit and more at the show, based on previous years’ showing, plus we’re bound to see some new hearable and connected car launches.

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Below is just a taster of what to expect in terms of the big headlines based on leaked pictures, early announcements and likely rumours. Let us know in the comments what you’re hoping to see at CES and look out for all our coverage over the next week or so including news, interviews, hands on first impressions and trend round-ups.

AR vs VR

CES 2017 preview: What to expect in wearable tech, VR and smart home

This CES could be the first show in which AR gets truly as much hype as VR. We’ve seen a shift in the industry talk in the past few months and it’s high time mixed reality startup Magic Leap did some wider demos to shut the haters up. Also look out for what Snap, Vuzix, Meta et al are up to in this space.

Microsoft’s plans for a whole bunch of affordable Windows 10 mixed/virtual reality headsets could see new kit at CES from HP, Dell, Lenovo, Asus and Acer, though this may be wishful thinking that we will see the devices so soon.

HTC is holding a Vive press conference so the rumours were that it could steal the show with a HTC Vive 2 (codenamed Oasis) which was being teased as a refresh of design and performance, not necessarily a standalone VR headset. Now HTC seems to have ruled this out we’re looking at (probably) refreshed Vive controllers – revealed at Steam’s Dev Days – could be on the cards.

For mobile virtual reality fans, the Samsung Gear VR 3 is more likely to show up at MWC in late February but we could also see some Oculus and Samsung announcements.

Check back: HTC’s CES press conference starts at 3pm PT/11pm GMT on 4 January.

New Balance’s overdue smartwatch

CES 2017 preview: What to expect in wearable tech, VR and smart home

This one was announced by New Balance way back at CES 2016 and we’ve heard almost nothing about it since. So it would only be polite to give us an update on the Intel-powered, running focused Android Wear smartwatch this time around.

Expect to see it – with Android Wear 2.0, GPS, built-in music storage and a firm release date – in Vegas.

Check back: Expect to hear from Intel or New Balance on 4 January.

Safilo smartglasses get their debut

CES 2017 preview: What to expect in wearable tech, VR and smart home

Yes, we’ll see some augmented reality tech – as per above – but the trend is for deconstructed smartglasses with launches that have one or two features, not necessarily including an AR display.

One example is the Safilo Group’s Smith smart sunglasses – we know some details but haven’t seen any pics yet. What’s particularly interesting is that Safilo plans to roll out the tech across Dior, Gucci, Fendi and Hugo Boss glasses and sunglasses in the future.

LG’s Watch Pro/Style/Force/Sole

CES 2017 preview: What to expect in wearable tech, VR and smart home

This is semi exciting – LG hasn’t exactly blown us away with its smartwatch vision so far, though it did get on board with standalone Android Wear quickly (in theory at least). The new series hasn’t had any leaked pics but the four models should arrive with LG’s Watch Pay service.

Check back: We will have hands ons of any new LG wearables on 6 January.

A new Fossil brand – Chaps?

Fossil has hinted that we should look forward to plenty more wearables from its brands which include Armani, Michael Kors, Skagen and Diesel. Now, this could be completely new devices or it could be new styles of its huge list of 2016 wearables.

It has also hinted that a Fossil Group brand which has yet to announce a wearable will have a launch at CES. We’re gonna assume this is Chaps with some hybrid watches – it’s the only designer name mentioned in early 2016 that we haven’t seen something from yet.

Xiaomi’s first CES

CES 2017 preview: What to expect in wearable tech, VR and smart home

It’s Xiaomi’s first time at the Las Vegas conference so it will no doubt want to make a splash with some new devices. This might be phones, sure, but we could also see a new budget Mi Band (it launches them thick and fast) or a new addition to Huami’s Western-leaning, fashion-focused Amazfit series of trackers and wearables.

Plus, don’t forget Xiaomi sells all manner of smart home stuff in China so we could see some of this at CES too.

Under Armour’s new smart SpeedForms

CES 2017 preview: What to expect in wearable tech, VR and smart home

These are a shoe-in (sorry) for CES as they’ve already been announced for the show. The new Gemini 3 smart running shoes come in three new styles and offer up more data for runners, right down to a Jump Test feature that measures muscular fatigue and knows if you’re too tired for a long run.

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