CES, 2017 Tech Trends; Minecraft Extension Aims to Teach Chemistry

Posted December 29th, 2016 at 11:47 am (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings:

FILE - A worker drives by a sign at the Las Vegas Convention Center before the start of the International CES gadget show, Jan. 3, 2016, in Las Vegas. (AP)

FILE – A worker drives by a sign at the Las Vegas Convention Center before the start of the International Consumer Electronics Show, Jan. 3, 2016, in Las Vegas. (AP)

The 5 Tech Trends That Will Dominate CES and 2017

The Consumer Electronics Show is coming to Las Vegas on January 5, 2017. It promises to unveil thousands of new gadgets and products, some of which made headway in 2016 but will achieve a level of maturity in 2017. The world’s largest electronics trade show is expected to focus on cars, drones, artificial intelligence, mixed reality, and Internet of Things technologies. Writer Jennifer Booton expects a couple of new arenas such as high-tech sleep and baby products.

Inside Chile’s Magical Startup Scene

Santiago, Chile gets its wealth from copper and mineral mines, rather than technology. And while it is unlikely to spawn the next Silicon Valley any time soon, some of its engineers are hoping to change that through a technology incubator called “Idea Factory.” The project gives inventors space to work and connects students and young entrepreneurs with industry leaders.

Minecraft Expansion Successfully Tricks Students Into Learning

Popular block building game Minecraft has been used for education and urban planning for some time now. But a group of professors just found a new way to trick their students into learning chemistry and engineering concepts from the game. The professors created the “Polycraft World” expansion to Minecraft that requires students to create an educational, fun game based on accurate science. They found students learning additional science concepts as they created the items needed to play their games.


Aida Akl
Aida Akl is a journalist working on VOA's English Webdesk. She has written on a wide range of topics, although her more recent contributions have focused on technology. She has covered both domestic and international events since the mid-1980s as a VOA reporter and international broadcaster.

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