Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Internet of Things Technologies Eclipsed Cell Phones and PCs At CES 2017

This year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2017), in Las Vegas USA, saw an abundance of Internet of Things (IoT) – smart home items and appliances, drones, wearables, rideables, self-driving cars, smart city, even family robots – connected technologies.  Internet of Things-related offerings appeared to eclipse both the traditional cell phone and PC offerings.

This year, more companies displayed smart home and appliance offerings, hundreds showing intelligent wearables, many featured drone products, numerous connected accessories were shown across all categories, there were new smart sleep and smart cities marketplaces, and major announcements from major vehicle manufacturers of new self-driving and connected car technologies - connected data-driven offerings showed themselves to be a dominant theme at this year's CES show.

Smart Household Items and Appliances Took Center Stage

Smart home items and appliances took center stage this year. Voice control using digital assistant technology appeared as the new preferred form of interaction with these appliances. Amazon's Alexa appeared in many "things" at CES 2017.

Some of the companies which showed new smart connected home and appliance offerings  include:

LG – A new robot vacuum cleaner. Smart refrigerator, washing machine, air conditioner
Samsung - A expanded version of its FamilyHub connected refrigerator
Netatmo – Is adapting the Velux Integra windows with increased connectivity
Kuri - A cute little smart home robot, a moving version of an Amazon Echo and more
Craftsman – A smart lawn app for a connected tractor experience
Vorwerk – A 12-in-one smart kitchen appliance
Aryballe – A smelly refrigerator sensor
Griffin – A bluetooth enabled toaster
Sleep Number – A new smart bed
Sensorwake – A smart device to deliver aroma sleep enhancement
Hampton Products – Home security, smart locks with Amazon Alexa connectivity
August Home --  A smart lock, smart keypad and doorbell cam
42Tea – A smart tea brewer
GE – A table lamp with Amazon Alexa inside
Oral-B – As might be expected, a smart toothbrush
Hubbie Connected – One of many smart security systems at the show
Catpad – An intelligent cat feeder
Canary – Launching the Canary Flex, an inside-outside HD security camera
Ainemo – Chinese search giant Baidu launches its Google Home and Amazon Echo Rival
Fishome – A voice-controlled family robot
HiMirrow – An intelligent mirror - dubbed a selfie mirror
10-vins – A smart wine dispenser

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