It Was a Voice-Activated CES 2017
Earlier this year, retailers across the globe descended on Las Vegas in January for the 50th anniversary of CES. This year, CES welcomed more than 3,800 exhibiting companies—from the world’s biggest businesses to more than 600 startups—across 2.6 million net square feet of exhibit space. And through all of this, one theme spoke the loudest: Voice-activated technologies were pervasive, no matter where you looked.
To be sure, there was more innovation and more product and service announcements, than ever before. While walking the show floor, attendees experienced firsthand how technology is impacting almost every aspect of our lives. Advancements in artificial intelligence (AI), self-driving cars, smart home, and anytime/anywhere connectivity will become more common in our homes and make our living spaces more personal, customizable and interactive. And throughout, voice recognition is the glue binding all of these life-changing innovations together.
Want to change the temperature of your home, turn on the lights or run your washing machine? What was historically a more cumbersome exercise, has become as simple as the spoken word. Thanks to what we saw at CES, one can now more readily imagine a world wherein you interact with the connected devices around your home from the comfortable confines of your couch.