Tech & Science TVs and voice assistants dominate the biggest day at CES

06:41  09 january  2018
06:41  09 january  2018 Source:   CNET

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CES isn't officially open yet, but there's already plenty of news to follow from the annual technology bonanza. Here's what you need to know so far.

Artificial intelligence and smart home assistants are expected to dominate the agenda at the Consumer Electronics Show "Rival voice assistants such Apple's Siri, Google Home, Microsoft's Cortana and Samsung's Bixby will be on Over the course of the four- day show, televisions , home

Samsung's Wall TV© Provided by CNET Samsung's Wall TV You don't have to wait for Las Vegas Convention Center to open its doors to see what CES 2018 has to offer. A long lineup of press conferences on what's officially called Press Day (confusing, I know) brings a slew of new gadgets and services from some of the biggest technology players on the planet. It's a lot to take in, but we're here to help. Read on for the most important news so far. And as Press Day isn't over yet, we'll keep adding to this list as the hours pass.

A ton of TVs

TVs are always big at CES, both in how many there are and in the size of the TVs themselves. And you can always leave it to LG to get the ball rolling. The company's early morning press conference showed updates to all of its TVs, from the top-of-the-line W8 series down to the more budget-friendly B8 series. They all retain slim profiles -- the W8 has the same "wall art" design that we saw last year in the W7 -- but gets new features like Google Assistant, an Alpha 9 processor that promises to improve sharpness and color (among other things), and the ability to play high frame rate (up to 120 frames per second) video for a smoother picture.

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If the buzz coming out of CES this week is any indication, Amazon’s Alexa and other artificial intelligence (AI) voice assistants like Siri and Google Assistant are prime for a big year in 2017.

Raise your voice . Voice assistants have been one of the most popular products at this year's CES . Despite the fact Amazon does not officially participate in the event, the tech giant’s Alexa virtual voice assistant has made a big splash.

What really wowed us, though, was a 65-inch 4K OLED display that you can roll up into tube form. Two years ago we saw the same concept in an 18-inch size, Resolution wasn't stellar then, but this time the rollable display should match the high picture quality that we've come to expect from LG's standard TVs. Just don't expect to buy this one at Best Buy anytime soon.

Samsung is pitching QLED technology as the best way to topple OLED dominance. Like the the company's 2017 models, its 2018 flagship LCD TV uses quantum dots (that's where you get the "Q" in QLED) but adds a few improvements like a redesigned LCD panel to block interior light leakage.

In the land of things you can't really buy yet, Samsung showed a 146-inch TV called "The Wall." It uses Samsung's Cinema Screen technology, designed for movie theaters, so 146 inches is only a starting size. How does MicroLED work? Think of it like a jumbo screen at a stadium where an array of millions of individial, tiny LEDs create an image. Samsung also showed the Q9S, which it bills as the first 85-inch 8K TV with artificial intelligence. More pixels than a 4K TV may sound  impressive, but keep in mind that more pixels doesn't automatically mean a better picture.

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You are at:Home»In-depth»Smart home assistants dominate at CES . But he doesn’t need to convince big technology firms, which all believe voice -based interactions with devices will explode in popularity. It’s expected to unveil more assistant partnerships with devices like smart TVs .

It's an unusual take given AI and voice assistants are a dominant theme at CES this year, and seemingly everyone is cramming Alexa or "You can talk about AI all day , but if the customer doesn't get any value out of it, it becomes useless," Park said. LG's 2018 OLED TVs get Google Assistant .

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Though Hisense focused on budget TVs last year (and had a strong showing), the company went more upscale this year with models using full-array local dimming, quantum dot color technology and compatibility with Alexa voice control. The company also showed a $10,000 laser TV that it introduced in late 2017. It's actually a short-throw projector with 4K resolution, built-in speakers and a wireless subwoofer.

Arriving in Las Vegas, CNET's TV guru David Katzmaier's had high hopes for Hisense's Chinese rival TCL. The company's P series, introduced last year at CES, was 2017's the best 55-inch TV for the money. Today it showed a successor TV, the 2018 6 series, which looks even better. It keeps features like full-array local dimming and Roku's excellent Smart TV system, but adds a 65-inch size and a slicker finish.

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The TVs join the Google Assistant -equipped ThinQ speaker that the company announced at the end of 2017. At a recent preview event, LG confirmed that you'll be able to use your voice to switch between inputs, channels, and of CES 2018: dates, news, rumors and predictions for tech's biggest show .

The biggest technology show of the year, the Consumer Electronics Show officially kicks off in Inc.’s digital assistant dominated at CES 2017 with a slew of new devices launched that 3 DAYS AGO. GE doubles down on Alexa, other voice assistants in new smart home push.

Nvidia's CES press conference was Sunday night, but its BFGD is still worth a mention. Short for Big Format Gaming Display, not surprisingly it's a 65-inch display built for gamers with features like a native 120Hz refresh rate and true high dynamic range (HDR).

Your voice assistant is everywhere

The 2017 CES was a big year for voice assistants (particularly Amazon Alexa) and we expected more of the same this year. So far, though, it is Samsung's Bixby and Google Assistant that are grabbing the spotlight.

Samsung said it will take Bixby, already available on its phones, and add the voice assistant to to its TVs in 2018. Press a button on your TV remote to use Bixby to search for TV shows and movies, check the weather, turn on your lights, play a song from Spotify and show photos. Samsung alsoimproved Bixby integration on the Family Hub smart fridge by adding the ability to distinguish between different voices. Outside of Samsung, iHeartRadio unveiled Bixby support.

LG, meanwhile, has opted for Google Voice Assistant on its TVs. The "Intelligent Voice Control with Integrated Google Assistant" (great name!) will enable users to control numerous functions on the TV and search the program guide using the remote control. If you can't find your remote, you'll be able to control your TV with a Google Home speaker instead. Alexa users are in luck, as well. LG says the TV will be compatible with Amazon Echo devices.

Alexa will come to headphones and smartwatches this year

  Alexa will come to headphones and smartwatches this year Amazon wants to see Alexa inside the next generation of smart watches and headphones.&nbsp;&nbsp;This won’t mark the first time Alexa has made it to headphones or watches — companies have tried this in the past — but it’s been rare. The promise here is that products using the toolkit should theoretically work better, too, since Amazon is handling the bulk of the integration.

Expect Google to make a big splash for Google Home, its voice -driven AI assistant . Microsoft just opened up Cortana, so keep an eye on them as well. Expect to see wireless/BLE headphones and earpieces dominate the smartphone accessories market. Smartphones - You can't have CES without

The annual consumer electronics show has been dominated by Asian tech giants Samsung, LG and Sony in recent years, along with a trade More: CES 2018: Your guide to the biggest consumer electronics show . More: Roku aims to expand its cord-cutting kingdom with a Roku voice assistant .

Beyond TVs, voice assistants continue to spread farther into the home at CES. Google Assistant will control Insteon smart home devices, new Schlage deadbolts, a Hunter ceiling fan and a new LG smart speaker. Alexa, on the other hand, lands in products like an Asus speaker/router, a mirror that talks back to you and a Whirlpool smart washer/dryer hybrid. LG also added new Alexa tricks to its InstaView Q refrigerator.

And much more

  • HTC debuted the Vive Pro, a new version of its PC VR headset with improved resolution and full wireless capabilities.
  • GE Appliances has a smart home hub and control center for your kitchen. Hang the huge tablet above your stove and tap away.

  • If you thought Volvos were boxy, wait until you see Toyota's e-Palette concept vehicle.

  • LG's CLOi will respond to your commands via the LG Hub Robot and can help with the chores. It's cute, even if the poor little thing didn't have the best introduction at LG's press conference.

  • Asus's Zenbook Flip 14 has the latest Intel Core processor.

  • NeoMano is a robotic glove that helps people with a spinal cord injury perform everyday tasks.

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Comment - Pretty Soon A Smart Assistant Won't Be A Choice .
I recently bought three Google Home Minis =- two for me, and one for my lovely parents. At home, my pair works like a deeply discounted Sonos setup. I can tell Google's Assistant to play a song on "both speakers," and it will pipe tinny, still-decent-sounding music into my bedroom and living room. At my parents' house, its a goofy gift that, I hope, will ultimately help my mum listen to Paul Simon while she's upcycling furniture.For the price I paid, I think my Minis were an excellent deal, at least until I grow sick of Google's digital assistant.

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