What are the biggest tech advances from the 2017 CES?
Top gadget companies have gathered at CES, the planet’s largest technology expo, to show off their newest goods. It’s a time for the strange, the experimental and the crazy. Some of the gadgets on show will probably never make it to a wide market, while others will one day soon be in everyone's home or pocket.
We take a look at the trends that matter.
Homes may get smarter
Your phone is already so ‘smart’ that it’s annoying. So the next frontier of uber-connectivity is your home. Two years ago Amazon released Echo, a smart speaker that uses Alexa to take your orders in natural language (‘put milk on the shopping list’ or ‘play my favourite song’). It’s been a quiet revolution, but this year Alexa exploded on the scene.
Lenovo released a cheaper copy of the Echo called the Smart Assistant, while LG built a small robot that uses Alexa. Both LG and Samsung installed Alexa into fridges (so, yes, you can talk to your fridge). But Alexa/Echo isn’t the only game in town: Nvidia revealed Spot, a series of small smart speakers that uses Google’s voice assistant. You can plug these into any outlet and they will take your orders. So get ready: this may be the year when our homes start talking back!