CES 2018 kicks off in early January and , scouring Las Vegas convention halls and pop-up casino demo rooms for the latest product innovations.
At CES 2017, so many companies announced integrations with voice assistants that we compiled robots. Yes, robots. -- but all of them were supposed to help make your home smarter.. dominated with 33 new partnerships, followed by 18 from ; trailed behind with 10. We also saw a lot of
So, what does the upcoming CES have in store for the smart home? We don't know for sure, but it's going to be big if last year's show was any indication. Here's a look at smart home and appliance trends we think we might see at CES 2018.
By "voice assistants," I don't mean new AI platforms to compete with Alexa, HomeKit and the Google Assistant (although that's entirely possible too). I instead expect to see something of a repeat from CES 2017 -- announcements of new and existing smart home products adding Alexa, HomeKit and Google Assistant voice functionality.
Where last year was heavily weighted toward Alexa integrations, I expect to see more HomeKit and Google Assistant announcements in 2018. Apple's HomePod smart speaker for this year, but that won't stop third-party device makers from extending support for Siri.
Beauty and fashion products
We've also seen an uptick in smart beauty and fashion devices lately. Simplehuman sells a couple of different, designed to help you optimize your look whether you're spending the day in natural or fluorescent light.
A smart hairbush called thewas on display at CES 2017. Its proposed goal? To collect data as you brush your hair via integrated sensors and give you related care recommendations. so you can "try on" different products without, you know, actually having to try them on. And what about ? It judges your outfits and tells you what to wear. A new Echo Look update even lets you .
I'd be surprised if we didn't see a few new products in these categories at CES 2018.
We saw robots in droves at CES 2017 and the fascination will likely continue into 2018. But the smart home bots we've seen so far have been pretty hit-or-miss.(pictured above) is kind of cute, but it doesn't do much -- including move, beyond panning and tilting its head and an admittedly endearing, but stationary wiggle-dance. It also costs a whopping $899. that will bring you chilled sake, no effort required.
Others, like, can actually move around and claim to recognize faces, but we haven't had the chance to test them out just yet. It would be exciting to see new assistant robots at the show in January.
Face-scanning technology isn't new; we've seen it on the, the ( ) and plenty of other consumer products. But recent advances in machine learning have helped bring facial recognition to even more devices, from the to and its .
We're also seeing an increase inPerson alerts can't tell you who they see, but they should be able to distinguish between a person and your neighbor's cat -- and send you a notification about it. At CES 2018, I expect to see even more manufacturers introduce facial recognition (or person alerts) as a feature.
Fridges, dishwashers and other large appliances with integrated smarts have been around for awhile, too. , though. I'm not convinced we'll see much movement in this space at CES beyond some additional voice assistant integrations. But the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show is happening the same week as CES 2018, so expect to see appliance coverage from both shows. And, who knows, maybe we'll see a or two.
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