CES officially began Thursday, January 5th, and runs until Sunday, January 8th with plenty of parties and demos happening along the way. This year over 165,000 attendees and a record 3,800 companies—20% of which did not even exist three years ago —are exhibiting across 230,000 net square meters of show space. That means everything wearable, flyable, watchable, driveable – and self-driveable– is here, and today on ‘Dot Complicated with Randi Zuckerberg’ an expert panel is here to clue you in to what the biggest tech trends of 2017 will be.

With Randi to discuss the breakout stars of this year’s CES are Editor in Chief of Digital Trends, Jeremy Kaplan; head of digital content at The Bump, Julia Wang. Special guests founder of Apples and Oranges Studio, Tim Kashani and Jim Scheinman, founder of Maven Ventures.


“Data for the sake of data is unnecessary.”

“I’m waiting for the connected Q-Tip.”

“VR is something everyone is experimenting with. There are right products and wrong products. VR shoes sound wrong.”

“One of the things I thought I’d see a lot of but am not seeing is the rise of the digital assistant.”

“The Toyota car could sense he was in a bad mood and play music to make him happy.”

“Amazon Alexa is now integrated in 2 dozen products.”

“The point of DT is to simplify tech. How can tech help your life out.”

“I like walking around saying ‘this is helpful to my life because of X.’”

“There are some practical applications that can play you the news or wake you up in the morning. It’s cool to build them into nightstands and toothbrushes.”

“I see people walking their dogs with their smartphones and that’s not rewarding for either the dog or person.”

“CES is the Super Bowl and World Series for Digital Trends.”

“DT is broadcasting live for three straight days. We started planning 6 months ago which is late.”

“We have 40 employees at the show overall.”

“The 4K TVs coming out here are phenomenal. There’s a TV that’s 15 pounds and hangs like wallpaper.”

“TVs remain a big focus here. 4K is for super crisp pictures.”

“You won’t be able to see anything in 4K if you buy a 4K TV.”

Faraday Future is such an interesting company. The car is supposed to park itself. During the big reveal, the self-parking doesn’t happen.”

“Faraday has a billions lines of code in it so who knows what can go wrong there.”

“I think with the sensorization of life, the question is what we do with our data. I like the NEST because it works without you.”

“There are 20,000 products at CES launching.”

“AR/VR is one of the hugest trends we’re seeing.”

“What I haven’t seen enough things that can be done on AR/VR. Where’s the content?”

“5G networks are being built out. A gig per second. You can download a movie in 9 seconds. It’s going to take years.”

“The self-driving car means connectivity to every car.”

“5G beamed directly into your house. Your toothbrush will have wireless capabilities.”

“A subset of the AR space is if you have a hearing disability you have to buy an standard device. There are half a dozen products that people can buy that aren’t regulated.

“Think about the long term for all the data we gather. We are creating self-dossiers.”

“Self driving cars are the most transformative products we’re going to see.”

“Beverly Hills is taking away valet parking to put in self-driving parking spaces.”



“This is the second year we’re at the CES with the BabyTech Summit.”

“You can’t have tech for the sake of having something cool.”

“In that first year alone, parents spend $3500 on baby products.”

“You need products that will simplify your life.”

“FamilyTech is 5 years old and BabyTech is 2 years old in CES life.”

“The focus on moms is amazing this year. It’s been 25 years since the breast pump came out and now we have smart breast pumps.”

“There are new wearable temperature trackers that babies can wear so you don’t have to keep going into the crib at night.”

“There’s a group of Millennials that love data so first time parents will love all the baby trackers.”

“The Snoo is a bassinet that’s supposed to calm your baby with motions.”

“BabyTech is all about using data to give parents a piece a mind. A lot around sleeping and safety.”

“I saw that you can see a 4D in-utero model of your baby. I want to check that out.”

“Some of these products are cost prohibitive. You have to education consumers why they should be spending thousands of dollars on something.”



“We invested in a company called in a VR company. The challenges are the hardware and content isn’t here yet.”

“Imagine a world where we have lightweight glasses communicating with each other from around the world. It’s here.”

“I was never a fan of AR until I saw Pokémon GO.”

“If you’ve never used alt-space, you should. You feel like you’re really there. It’s powerful.”

“Imagine if you could take a 5 minute VR trip before you physically go to your destination.”

“It became clear to me that we’re going to have self-driving cars before we think.”

“We’re seeing self-driving cars today.”

“Is it going to be driving to self-driving or can we turn it on and off? Everyone has to do it or it won’t work.”

“The voice space is a new platform. We have a company called Sunshine, a new weather app. It’s like Waze for weather.”

“The Alexa hears everything. The police want to get into an Alexa. It’s scary. Everything is recorded.”

“We are no longer going to own cars. In 5-10 years it will be here. You won’t need parking garages.”

“When you have all self-driving cars they can all be electric.”



“If you look at the last three years the VR content is growing.”

“When you walk around the floor and see people moving in the headsets, people are understanding that humans have to connect to the content.”

“Human interaction and the way that we date and meet people. You might not have to physically be with the person. You can create the perfect mate.”

“I love storytelling. VR and AR is another artform that can couple with the live experience.”

“The NAB show here in Vegas reveals all the cameras for the entertainment industry. We’re moving to personalized content.”

“AI is finding ways to personalize and customize experiences for us. The content creators can’t keep up.”

“It’s not about the experience you’re having watching the show, it’s the pre and post of watching episodic TV.”

“I’m most excited with the experiences being created.”



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