Top 5 Trends That Mattered at CES 2018
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Wall-sized TVs. Connected everything. Smart mirrors. Autonomous electric vehicles. The world’s thinnest laptop. Here are the Top 5 Trends that mattered at CES 2018:
1. Smart home rising: More assistants and ‘AI’ everywhere
CES 2017 was all about the rise of Alexa. This year Google came ready to fight back: Its Google Assistant will be built-in or compatible with a wide range of 2018 products (including LG TVs, Schlage smart locks, Hunter ceiling fans), and it debuted the Google Smart Display — basically an Echo Show for the Google smart home ecosystem.
Samsung, meanwhile, will , pledging that all of its devices from TVs to washing machines will be “smart” by the 2020 model year, infused with its Bixby Assistant and linked together via its . In fact, CES 2018 seemed to mark the beginning of the end of “dumb” household products, with everything from to to getting some sort of AI upgrade.
2. TVs still dominate: A portable TV that rolls up like a poster is now a full 65-inch 4K TV.
As usual, LG and Samsung went mano-a-mano with impressive dueling technologies that improved on prototypes shown last year: — literally a TV that rolls up like a poster — is now a full 65-inch 4K TV. Samsung, meanwhile, turned heads at its booth with an installation known as “ ,” a 146-inch display utilizing modular MicroLED technology that it says will ship by year’s end. (No, you won’t be able to afford it.) And showed giant 8K TVs, too. Of course, your local Best Buy won’t stock these anytime soon, but the impressive updates to each company’s consumer and TV lines, respectively, will show up in new models this year.
The big screens didn’t stop there.— “big format gaming display” — is a PC monitor designed with refresh rate-obsessed gamers in mind, coming in at a whopping 65 inches. And CES introduced a wave of — ones that project straight up to an adjacent wall, rather than across the room — at higher resolutions and lower prices than ever before. And we’re psyched to see ever more manufacturers using in their sets, which is hands-down the best image quality for LCD TVs. That means new models like will be strong contenders for “best bang for the buck” TV deals in 2018.
3. Rise of the robots: Sony’s next-genrobot dog stole the show.
You don’t need to fear a robot rebellion, at least not yet. While we saw plenty of interesting robots at CES 2018, they were more about being cute than threatening or terribly useful, for that matter. We were charmed by the likes of — the closest thing to a real-life Rosie the Robot — as well as and , all of whom have designs on being your next-gen housekeeper or butler. veered far too close to the uncanny valley for our tastes, while had a trio of robots designed to be deployed on a construction site. And LG’s showed that robots unless they’re damn well ready to.
But it was Sony’s next-genthat stole the show: Already for sale in Japan, this robot pup shows how far the field has advanced since its predecessor was .
4. Health tech goes beyond wearables…
CESes of yore introduced the early step counters and smart watches that inspired the Fitbits and Apple Watches of the mainstream tech world. But CES 2018 revealed health, fitness, wellness and medical technologies that address more than exercise.
From assistive tech like thethat helps paralyzed hands to grip, to , a fingernail-sized sensor that measures sun exposure, we’re seeing tech that helps the disabled and prevents skin cancer. We also loved , which comforts child cancer patients, and we’re sure anyone who suffers from a peanut allergy will appreciate a . We also saw the first and a host of products aiming to upgrade elder care.
Foreo, maker of the Luna face brush, is looking to revolutionize the face mask industry.-based
5. VR strikes back
Magic Leap’s late December reveal of its, which overlays computer-generated images on your vision, capped 2017. It was a year that also saw Apple and Google ramping up their respective AR platforms, even as and virtual reality hardware saw frequent discounting into the holidays.
But VR bounced back at this year’s show, thanks to two new high-profile products: Theand the . The former is an upgraded, fully wireless version of the HTC’s PC VR headset, while the latter is the first Google Daydream mobile VR device that doesn’t require a phone. But AR powered our favorite toy of the show: The , which is basically an AR-powered update of Laser Tag.