Global Race to Develop Smart Home Devices, Driverless Cars

Olive Hawkins
January 12, 2018

CES 2018 "is a "fulfillment" one where we won't see as much "vision" but more companies delivering on the promises made past year", Patrick Moorhead, president and principal analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy told CNBC.

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The Consumer Electronics Show came to a halt after a power outage at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

TECH, media and business are prepping to get together in Las Vegas for the huge showcasing of products and businesses at CES 2018. The smart-cities concept has been making the rounds at several tech shows, but what remains unanswered is when it will actually begin happening-and who will pay for it.

A recent study from Juniper Research found that smart speakers such as Amazon Echo, Google Home, and the Sonos One will be installed in over 70 million USA households by 2022, reaching 55% of all homes.

Some of those companies have strengths Amazon can't match.

#2 - Android: With 85% of the world's smartphones running Android, Google Assistant is sure to follow. Some of you might even prefer the Windows integration of Microsoft's Cortana.

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But Amazon is leading the race to make software that can control other machines. They are moving out of smart speakers and will appear in everything from automobiles to microwaves.

And while a few companies like Apple and Fitbit are now dominant in wearable devices, many startups are eager to challenge them with new approaches for tracking fitness and medical issues. It also supports Amazon's Alexa. The devices should be released between April 2017 and April 2018, according to the rules.

As the doors open today on the world's largest electronics trade show, the Consumer Technology Association expects that voice computing, artificial intelligence and connectivity will be the dominant themes.

FROM folding smartphones and robotic cat doors to televisions larger, sharper, and smarter than those now in our homes, revolutionary technology is expected to emerge from the world's largest technology show this week.

The Alexa-enabled mirror, the Kohler Konnect-Verdera Voice Lighted Mirror, will be available for purchase in March.

General Electric plans to unveil a new ceiling light that can be controlled by means of Google Assistant voice commands while also serving as a bridge to this app; in other words, homeowners can issue commands to the lamps hanging above their heads for the goal of looking up information, scheduling tasks, streaming music, making appointments, getting news, ordering goods and services, controlling other smart home devices, and making voice calls.

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