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Here’s the cutest tech of CES 2017

Every year, tech companies unleash their latest and greatest gadgets at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Some of it is impressive, some of it is stupid, and most of it is not very cuddly. But with the rise of A.I. assistants and social robots, a few new products stood out as things we might want to hug.

Kids Will Soon Be Able to Write Code With Lego

Lego wants to teach young kids about coding.

The Danish-based toy maker on Wednesday debuted a new toy called Lego Boost, a hybrid building and coding set that the company says combines the play experience of a traditional Lego set with an app-based coding play experience. Lego Boost, developed for children aged 7 or older, will hit retail shelves in the second half of the year and will be priced at $159.99. Lego debuted the set at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.

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Amazon at CES – Taking Over Home Automation

Amazon Echo was the elephant in the room this year at the Consumer Electronic Show (CES). Amazon itself had no booth and no presence at the show. However, the Echo, Amazon’s cloud-connected, voice-activated artificial intelligence device was everywhere. Alexa is the voice of the Amazon Echo. The Echo was available in very limited quantities by invitation only early in 2015. It became widely available on June 23, 2015.

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Top fit tech for 2017

It’s inevitable that unsightly fitness bands will keep on shrinking as the technology gets smaller: presenting the Motiv ring, released at CES this year. A titanium ring with a 3-axis accelerometer and heart rate sensor, it measures steps, activity types, heart rate and sleep duration, and like all trackers, works with a mobile phone app. With a battery life of three to five days, you take it off only occasionally. You can pre-order one for US$199.

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