Voice assistants and latest AI advances to dominate CES in Las Vegas

  • Voice assistants and latest AI advances to dominate CES in Las Vegas

Voice assistants and latest AI advances to dominate CES in Las Vegas

CES 2018 is officially underway.

The session -'Turning AI into New Ways of Doing Business' on 10th January will discuss how professionals are putting the technology to work to better serve customers through increased engagement and accelerated research and the future of AI, said a CES statement. United States and Belfast-based Neurovalens has been named as a finalist in Last Gadget Standing, a competition to hunt down the most innovative product of CES 2018. You can also link to all of our individual CES 2018 pages using the related links box to the left.

That was the reality today as a portion of the Las Vegas Convention Center, the trade show's location, was shrouded in darkness for more than half an hour.

Sales of smart speakers are expected to almost double in the U.S., to $3.8 billion, from previous year according to Lesley Rohrbaugh and Steve Koenig, researchers with the Consumer Technology Association, which organizes the annual CES trade event.

"After coming to CES for so many years with all of the power draw that this show puts on, I was surprised that happened because it's never happened before to my knowledge", says Tim Alessi, head of home entertainment product marketing for LG Electronics USA.

In addition to cutting-edge consumer technologies, this year's CES attendees can also - as usual - expect to see offbeat, concept, and odd innovations. "We appreciate your patience and apologize for any inconvenience", said the Consumer Technology Association, the group that organizes the show, in a statement. Expect more big TVs and a shift from virtual reality to augmented reality as two of the major themes of the 2018 event, while Google facing down Amazon's Alexa will also be an interesting topic.

Panasonic introduced an assortment of electric vehicle batteries and a smart highway concept, as well as home products, including smart speakers, cameras and turntables. Last year's IFA saw an influx of exciting smart home products; think smart wireless speakers that connect you to your home network, and automated fridges that bring you beer. Other new dedicated areas are focused on smart cities, high-tech retail, and sports technology.

The InstruMMents company will unveil a new smart lamp called Olie that responds to commands through the Google Assistant or Amazon's Alexa.