Plastered all across Las Vegas in the week leading up to the largest technology show of the year, are the activation hot words from Google Assistant. From an animated billboard in front of the MGM Grand to an entire train on the Las Vegas monorail, Google is intent on dominating the conversation at CES as it has on the Las Vegas strip.
If you aren’t familiar, Google Assistant is your own personal Google. Use it to answer any kind of question, be it about the weather or traffic, or random bit of trivia. Google Assistant can also control smart devices at home, ask it to turn up the thermostat or dim the lights, play your favorite Netflix show on the TV, or the current Spotify soundtrack to your life.
Last year, Google Assistant found a new home in the form of a Bluetooth speaker aptly called Google Home. These devices have been selling like hotcakes; the company claims its sold one every second since the latest model was released last October.
But at CES 2018, Google Assistant is making a play towards becoming the operating system of our lives, finding its way into a wide variety of products.
First up is a yet another product category called the Smart Display — think Google Home but with a screen. It can do everything Google Home can, but also make video calls, or get information visually when you need it. Last week we spent some time with a Smart Display device and think it will find a home on our kitchen counter. It’s the perfect companion to the struggling cook in need of step-by-step directions or if you’re half asleep planning your day as you wake up to a cup of coffee.
JBL, Lenovo, LG, and Sony will all launch their own smart displays at the show.
Google Assistant will also make its way to Bluetooth headphones. Jaybird, JBL, LG, and Sony have all announced headphones optimized for Google Assistant which you can summon with just the touch of an earbud.
Assistant in your Car
If you have a car that supports Android Auto, Google Assistant support is also coming this week. Apart from the obvious Google Maps and Waze integration, you’ll also be able to send and receive WhatsApp messages, reserve a parking space with SpotHero, and pre-order a Starbucks coffee.
Podcast Episode 1: Getting lost at the world’s largest tech show
In this first epidose of GadgetMatch Podcast we talk about the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2018) which just wrapped up in Las Vegas. Michael Josh and Isa share behind the scenes challenges of covering the world’s largest tech show. And the team talks about the most attention grabbing tech from the show including an entire range of Artificial Intelligence and Google Assistant gadgets, Vivo’s new phone with an in-display fingerprint sensor, Sony’s new robot dog, and Razer’s Project Linda.
LG’s InstaView ThinQ is one smart fridge
This is the future
The future of smart appliances is upon us.
LG has not only dared to venture into connected kitchen technology, they’ve taken it a step further with their newest smart appliances. We got to see all this at CES.
The InstaView ThinQ is the fridge of the future. It’s equipped with the smart voice assistant Alexa which means you will be able to talk to it — the better to figure out what you want to eat! Not only that, it will suggest recipes depending on what food items you have stored. The best part is that it can be connected to your phone and all your other smart appliances for a seamless everyday home experience.
Best of CES 2018: Project Linda, Smart Display, and more!
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CES 2018 gave us a glance at all the wonderful consumer tech that’s in store for us — not just this year, but for the years to come. The show had tons of products, almost too many to count, so we came up with this video compiling the most interesting gadgets that caught our attention.
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