CES showed us smart displays will be the new normal

CES showed us smart displays will be the new normal

Audio equipment maker Klipsch had a sizable presence at this year's CES. The company has installed a giant booth outside CES and taken out sponsorship of the Las Vegas Monorail. Smart displays are essentially speakers with tablet-like displays that can play music, control your smart home and provide visuals as well.

When Google Glass was announced back in 2013, it was easy to forgive one of the the first AR headsets for looking awkward and being hard to use. Amazon.com's Alexa voice assistant is the early leader and could spur up to $12 billion in Amazon sales in 2020, Stifel, Nicolaus & Co analysts projected this week.

"We want to make sure that people have the broadest set of choices in terms of what kind of device they want that has Google Assistant". In the past couple of years, we've seen a slew of non-Amazon devices begin to offer Alexa integration, including 3rd party speakers, laptops, smart TVs, and much more.

The platforms could help speed the development of new digital assistants, touch displays, video cameras and immersive media, Qualcomm said, noting that Harman and Lenovo were working with Qualcomm on new products, including the Lenovo Smart Display, which uses the Qualcomm Home Hub platform.

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According to sources close to the matter, Google is toying with the idea of launching a revamped online store in February. Alexa can be used to command more devices, is associated with making purchases, and has become a household name. All the major consumer electronics companies talked up their efforts to add AI to their devices so they are more predictive and helpful for their owners. In addition to digital assistants there was actually quite a bit of technology shown off that was powered by A.I.in some way, such as the DJI Osmo Mobile 2, which is said to use A.I.to power the Active Tracking feature. Now, users have been able to issue voice commands to Android Auto in the past, but that was simply to invoke Google Voice search, which was limited in terms of functionality.

Unlike Amazon and Google, Apple has pushed its smart devices interface, HomeKit, which provides Siri compatibility, rather than promoting Siri compatibility per se in the market.

The only possible competitor to Alexa at this point is Google Home, but Alexa has a huge lead: over 4,000 devices can now be controlled by Alexa, the company said, while Google's total is around 1,500. With Amazon Alexa considered to be the leading assistant for the smart home, Google's been forced to demonstrate that Assistant is growing too.

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