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CES 2017 innovation awards: Hottest tech coming this year

CES 2017 showed off the latest and hottest tech toys, smart phones and high-definition televisions in the business - as well as new products never before seen. The 2017 innovation awards, described by the Consumer Electronics Show as "honoring outstanding design and engineering in consumer technology products," highlight the top tech in various fields, which are voted on by a three-member team of industry members. Here are 31 items that won an innovation award for the 2017 show and may find there way into your home this year.

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Paisley Park vs. Graceland: How do these royal museums compare?

Graceland and Paisley Park. They're as different as Memphis and Minneapolis, as rock and funk, as the 6-foot King and the 5-foot-2 Prince. Elvis had his stud-decorated jumpsuits, an endless supply of silk scarves and a big necklace with his lightning "TCB" (taking care of business) logo. Prince had his colorful custom-designed outfits, an endless collection of shoes with 4-inch heels and a big necklace with his unpronounceable glyph.

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Reno: Biggest little city is growing up

Hunched on the eastern edge of the Sierra Nevada, Reno has long suffered a reputation as a poor man's Las Vegas with snow. Its casinos are more modest than the flashing palaces on the Strip, and even its motto - "The Biggest Little City in the World" - feels strangely self-deprecating.

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Winter is a cool time to explore the desert

Seeking something other than the traditional 70-degree, sunny Christmas that Southern Californians like me often take for granted, I persuaded my dad to spend the long holiday weekend last year somewhere more remote, and perhaps white.

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Jamaica’s sweet lodgings over the water, atop the sea

A big deal is happening: the first overwater bungalows in the Caribbean. Similar to overwater bungalows in French Polynesia, Jamaica’s Sandals Royal Caribbean in Montego Bay has figured out how to put the romantic lodgings safely in Caribbean waters. Writer Ellen Creager got a sneak peek, one of the first test guests to stay overnight.

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New planetarium in Charlotte

Discovery Place/Nature unveiled its new planetarium Thursday.
John D. Simmons The Charlotte Observer
New planetarium in Charlotte 1:28

New planetarium in Charlotte

First look at the National Museum of African American History and Culture 1:43

First look at the National Museum of African American History and Culture

Rafters enjoy the rapids on the French Broad River 1:46

Rafters enjoy the rapids on the French Broad River

Triplet lemurs born despite birth control at South Carolina Zoo 1:42

Triplet lemurs born despite birth control at South Carolina Zoo