"These devices are growing rapidly with lots of consumer interest", said Mike Vorhaus, president of Magid Advisors consultancy. However, many considered that there is still a war on for the connected home platform.
Although the front page of the CES website will have you believe that the conference runs from Tuesday, January 9 to Friday, January 12, 2018, it's a couple of days longer.
Television manufacturers have been eager to jump on the talk-to-me bandwagon, with Samsung Monday announcing it would bring the Bixby voice assistant now found on its Galaxy phones to its television sets in 2018, and LG opting for an assist from Google Voice. Expect wearables that go beyond wrists - think smart clothing, smart shoes, and more. "It has served as the proving ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies for 50 years - the global stage where next-generation innovations are introduced to the marketplace", CES said on its website. Now firms are pushing hardware and software for professional sports. And that's why you may see more products that have no real application for security, but will focus on home. It also supports Amazon's Alexa.
#1 - Google Search: As we've already seen, Google's position in voice search is already being fortified as smart gadget makers like Apple accept its superiority. "We will see sexier, higher resolution, larger 4 and 8k TVs", Moorhead said.
Robots have been a mainstay on the CES show floor, but they are much more of a novelty than an actual item.
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The mega event will highlight numerous key trends like the ones involving voice-controlled devices and connected cars that will mark its significance in the future years. "At what point do these conversations turn into relationships?"
While major tech companies, such as Apple and Google, typically don't make big announcements at CES, their technologies will be powering products and services from start-ups and other small companies. That's because the focus has shifted from the latest vehicle design and how they drive, to the technology inside.
Genuinely innovative gadgets that are destined for mass adoption are the exception, not the rule at CES.
As has been the case for many years, we can expect a lot of "evolution" in familiar product categories along with lots of quirky products that seem to be "solutions searching for a problem".
Of course, some of us use more than one.