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Once again, CES (Las Vegas’s Consumer Electronics Show®) has made major headlines for its innovative technology. And while we didn’t expect anything less from the biggest tech show of the year, we were still pretty excited to catch a glimpse of the turnout. From new concepts to refined technology, see our picks for the most impressive tech from this year’s CES.

Self-driving cars

Mercedes-Benz F 015

There were a few automotive companies and suppliers that came out this year with self-driving car technology, including Mercedes-Benz, Audi and BMW. From Volkswagen’s e-Golf with trained parking to the Mercedes-Benz F015 Luxury in Motion, it’s no doubt autonomous driving is the future of the road – the future being around 2018 that is. Telsa Motors is reportedly aiming for its system to handle 90% of driving duties in about three years, while other companies and suppliers are expecting these self-driving cars to make their appearance on the road in 2020.

Sling TV

Sling TV - CES

It’s no secret that regular television programming has become a bit less popular with streaming services like Netflix and Amazon. But, it still remains a key contender when it comes to live shows and the latest sports. Well, that may be about to change. Dish is now introducing Sling TV, a monthly subscription service with video-on-demand offers, as well as live streaming for $20 a month. This allows subscribers (aka cord cutters) to access live shows and movies from iOS and Android mobile devices, in addition to certain TVs, like Amazon Fire, Nexus Player and some LG and Samsung Smart TVs. As the winner of CES, we expect to hear a lot more about this technology this year.

Smart homes

Parrot Pot - CES

Watering your plants is so 2014, and apparently so are door peepholes and brewing your own coffee. While home automation as a whole isn’t a new concept, this tech category is continuously stepping up its game by adding new products with even greater functions. Let’s start at the front door. Netatmo’s Welcome is a facial recognition camera that sends notification to your phone telling you who’s home, essentially live streaming your front door.

If you’re not much of a green thumb, the Bluetooth-connected Parrot pot may be for you. It measures important factors, like light exposure and temperature, while holding up to three month’s worth of water.

Next up is SmartThings, which basically updates you on your entire home via your smartphone. Think IFTTT, but in your own home. SmartThings will alert you with things like when your laundry is done or when your smoke alarm goes off, while also automatically starting your coffee machine and locking your door.

The future is here and we’re liking it. What are some of your favorite products from this year’s CES?

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