The annual Consumer Electronic Show (CES) begins this week and the smart home team at Digital Trends has been researching to figure out what new technology gadgets and trends will be on display at this year’s event. Check out some of their predictions below.
1. A Whole Lotta Alexa (and Google Assistant, Too)
This year, Amazon is ramping up its presence at the event and is planning several announcements involving its Amazon Key entry service. Not to be outdone, Google is reportedly going to triple — yes, we said triple — its huge presence over last year and has some announcements of its own planned.
2. Home Security: Video Cameras Are Soooo Last Year
Still have a video camera recording activity at your front door? This year, it’s all about ding-dongs — from a video doorbell, that is. Taking cues from Ring security‘s lineup of video doorbells, as well as Nest’s Hello doorbell, several companies are planning to introduce devices of their own. Ranging in cost, style, and connectivity, the number of devices consumers will have to choose from next year might eventually mean that no porch pirate will go unrecorded unless she’s a video-avoiding ninja.
3. Going Beyond Major Appliances
While it’s true that many major appliance makers are creating new machines with cool things like auto detergent dispense, they are also adding more smarts to the devices through apps to provide a sous chef in the kitchen or a helper in the laundry room. Companies like Yummly, SideChef, and Innit have partnered with companies like Whirlpool and LG to provide users with things like recipes that use ingredients found in the fridge — no shopping necessary.
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