Kuri Mayfield Robotics Kuri Mayfield Robotics The Kuri home assistant from Mayfield Robotics is one of several high-tech gizmos we're looking forward to learning more about at CES 2017. (Photo: Mayfield Robotics)

See some mind-boggling tech from the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show

From helpful robot assistants to driverless vehicles, the future is once again on display.

Starting today through the weekend, the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas will pull the curtain back on technological innovations set to impact everything from your living room to your vehicle. With 24 product categories ranging from robots to aerial drones, there will be plenty to see and interact with for the more than 200,000 visitors expected to attend.

Below are just a handful of the gadgets and innovations we're looking forward to learning more about at this year's CES.

Delphi Automotive and Mobileye's Automated Driving Tech

The incredible science fiction-inspired technology of driverless vehicles is about to receive a very big unveiling at CES 2017. British-based Delphi Automotive and Mobileye – which is based out of Jerusalem, Israel – have partnered up to present the world's most complex automated drive ever publicly demonstrated.

The 6.3-mile drive, featuring a combination of highway and city routes, will leverage camera, radar and imaging systems from both firms. In addition to 360-degree pedestrian sensing and the ability to detect vehicles from any angle, the advanced mapping onboard will also ensure the vehicle knows its location within 10 centimeters.

Delphi and Mobileye hope to begin offering their turnkey solution commercially within the next two years. Curious to see how the demonstration goes but can't attend CES? Check out a live stream of this groundbreaking demonstration here.


Mayfield Robotics' Kuri home assistant

Ever wish Alexa, Google Home or any other number of smart home assistants had a bit more mobility and personality? Enter Kuri, a new "intelligent robot for the home" being introduced at CES 2017 by California-based Mayfield Robotics. The robot can do everything from play your favorite radio station to read bedtime stories to your children. It can shoot videos while roaming around the house and let you know who's at the front door, and It will continue to add new functionalities down the road.

Measuring just over a foot and a half tall, Kuri comes packed with technology like touch sensors, a microphone array, speakers and a high-definition camera. Much like R2-D2 from the "Star Wars" film franchise, Kuri communicates using an array of pleasing beeps, head-turns and two expressive eyes. In fact, when it came time to inject some personality into their new robot, Mayfield hired a former animator from film giant Pixar Studios to achieve the desired result.

“For generations, people have dreamed of having their own personal robot in the home, and we’ve been focused on making that dream more of a reality,” said Sarah Osentoski, COO and co-founder of Mayfield Robotics. “We’re proud to introduce Kuri to the world and can’t wait to see how he touches the lives of everyone, ranging from parents and children to early technology adopters.”


Vayyar's 3D imaging sensor technology

Imagine being able to monitor your kids or other loved ones in your home with absolutely no cameras. Or see through a wall to better understand where pipes, electrical wires or other hidden obstructions are located. Vayyar, a tech startup based out of Tel Aviv, is hoping to bring these capabilities and more to homes and businesses around the world with their advanced 3D imaging sensor technology.

"Our 3D sensors do not need cameras to gather and share data or multiple networks set up throughout the house," said Vayyar CEO and Ben-Gurion University alum Raviv Melamed. "They open up incredible opportunities for cable companies, fire and security companies, healthcare and other service providers to offer premium, value-added services to their customers at low cost and with minimal implementation requirements."

While it may seem like something out of a superhero film, Vayyar's tech is purely grounded in reality – with advanced sensors sending out radio waves to detect and locate objects masked behind barriers. The company, which will be demoing its wares at CES 2017, envisions its tech being used to do everything from track intruders in a building to accurately monitor the breathing of infants.


Lenovo's VR headset

With virtual reality games and out-of-this-world experiences heating up across platforms from Oculus, Vive and Playstation, the technology is poised in the coming years to enhance everything from automobile showrooms to physical therapy sessions. The Hong Kong-based Lenovo is hoping its new headset debuting at CES 2017 will become a big player in this burgeoning industry.

Built on Microsoft’s Windows Holographic platform, the as-yet-unnamed headset will boast two 1440×1440 OLED panels and weigh in at less than 350 grams. It also features something called "inside-out, six-degrees-of-freedom tracking," meaning you don't need any external sensors to track movement. Coupled with the two front-facing cameras embedded in the headset, this system will reportedly allow users to enjoy room-scale virtual reality experiences.

Lenovo expects to release its VR headset sometime in the second half of 2017.


The Foldimate laundry assistant

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Robots may one day take over the world and rule mankind, but in the meantime, we have other tasks for them to do. Like folding the laundry.

A startup called Foldimate, led by Israeli entrepreneur Gal Rozov, is aiming to ease the hassle of laundry by showcasing its folding robot at CES 2017.

"I rounded up the best robotic designers and engineers in Israel in order to overcome this challenge of simplifying day-to-day household chores," Rozov said during a recent presentation.

Designed to sit above a dryer or washer, the Foldimate can handle between 10 and 30 items at a time depending on size. In addition to a neat and professional fold, which takes less than three seconds, the robot can also optionally perfume, soften and de-wrinkle garments.

While a robot that can expertly fold laundry is by all accounts a priceless invention, Rozov says the Foldimate will only cost between $700 and $850 when it's released later this year.

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