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Slide Show: The 5 tech trends that will dominate CES and 2017

Different realities

After the world was introduced to consumer-market virtual-reality headsets such as Facebook Inc.’s FB, -1.12% Oculus Rift in 2016, 2017 is expected to be the year in which these technologies enter the mainstream, thanks to improved software.

Virtual reality’s related rivals, augmented and mixed reality, are taking the opposite approach. Software had a big breakthrough in 2016 as Pokémon Go took the world by storm and introduced most people to the concept, but 2017 might be the year the consumer market is introduced to the first wave of hardware dedicated to the medium.

Mixed- and augmented-reality headsets aren’t meant to be used to escape the surrounding world, as with VR, but to enhance it.

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