“HeyAssistant! Do my assignment” this may not work with any AI. But this year AI dominatedwith advance hardware equipment at CES 2018 Las Vegas. Voice assistant not onlylimited to current market rulers like Google assistant, Amazon’s Alexa, Microsoft’sCortana and Apple Siri. Most of the companies started with their own assistancebig giants like Samsung and LG tried to incorporate all the home electronic goodiesworks with their own assistance and touch screens display. However, the majorshow stealers were Asian companies. FromCES 2018 its clear that brands and consumer products are evolving and nowcapable of IoT (Internet of things). Home appliances like refrigerator, TVs,Thermostats and cars are ready with IoTs where the products are connected andexchange data. Most items either equipped with AI or connected via Wi-Fi to theintegrated ecosystem.
Warof assistance. In this big league, many assistance devices are available, but thedominance of google assistance and amazon Alexa played a major role. WhileHarman Kardon launched Allure Voice – Activated Home speaker with Amazon Alexa ironicallyits subsidy brand JBL launched LINK series with google assistance. Now smartdisplays arrived with touch screens instead of just speaker like Amazons EchoShow google launched about 4 smart devices with Lenovo, Sony, LG & Samsungowned JBL which will provide better AI experience for the users. Samsung,LG and Sony are some major brands for home appliances this time they brought a varietyof Products which are IoT enabled.
Samsung & LG had a big show at CES almost90% of their appliances are capable of IoT. Both companies created an integratedIOT strategy in their ecosystem for all products. Which are connected and controlled.Samsung Bixby is now available in most of the appliances while LG hasintroduced their robot which is LG CLOi along with their own intelligence LGThinQ.
Samsung Connect, smart home, smart view and are now controlled with theirnew app SmartThings. All this brand has a common future in TVs where it canwork as a dashboard for connected IoTs devices. Miscellaneousproducts are also showed up. Adobe Iota security system is one which will pullthe crowds.
It has integrated google and amazon assistance. It has bettercamera and HD live streaming, night vison motion sensor and optional 4g LTEsupport along with integrated ZigBee and z-wave hubs support which willconclude as complete home support. Oneof the major attraction which steals everyone eyes is Sony Aibo its famousrobotic dog. It came back into market after a decade with all the advancement incorporatedwith AI. Aibo is capable of lifelike dog movements alongside with its OLED eyesto show a range of expression. This electric hound will respond to voicecommands, barks, sit and wag its tail. Aibo eyes are sensors which can recordand take pictures.
Best part of this puppy can form emotional bonds with owners,learns and grows with time, plays with special toys & it won’t bite. Anotherrobot JIBO with a display could do limited AI stuff but can dance at a staticplace, Ninebot Lumo works similar way to its Segway it rides with individualalong with integrated AI other like least attractive single task ping pong fromOmran. However, even robots have bad days. Mostof the companies choose a path for openness strategy where AI integratedproducts could be updated with external partners software updates which willprovide a fast improvement in the product. Instead of the complex to insist onproprietary closed companies. This strategy will lead to easily advancement ofthe appliances and ultimately end users are benefited.