Arvig at CES: Our biggest takeaways from the 2018 show
Written by Arvig in Home Technology for Your Home
Alexa: What can you tell Arvig customers about the latest innovations in consumer technology?
Ok, that question might be a little too specific for Amazon’s popular voice assistant just yet. But that didn’t stop us at Arvig from finding some answers for you. In fact, we went to the one of the best places to find it.
We sent a member of our research and development team, Arvig’s Robby Olson, to the world’s largest exhibition of consumer electronics—CES 2018.
The show took place in January at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The event featured about 4,000 exhibits from the biggest names in technology, including Google, Samsung, Sony, and LG, and drew more than 185,000 people during its four-day run.
Robby returned with quite a bit of information—a look at what’s hot among the newest gear and gadgets, a peek at what’s in development and some insight into how these new innovations might shape tech trends in the coming years. And by the way, Alexa was at the show too—just about everywhere in fact—and again this year, she was a big star.
Here are our biggest takeaways from the 2018 show:
We’ll see deeper integration of voice technology into smart home devices
Voice User Interface (VUI) devices were a big focus at the 2017 show, and that didn’t change this year. We’ve gotten pretty familiar with Amazon’s Echo and Google’s Home. We’re already seeing a growing market for Internet of Things (IoT) devices, and voice technology is emerging as the latest enhancement to this already highly-capable technology.
VUI devices incorporate voice services such as Alexa and Siri to perform functions based on the user’s voice commands. And while the 2017 show focused on more affordable forms of this technology for mainstream consumers, this year was all about integration—pairing voice assistants into smart home devices.
One such product that stood out at the show was a smart mirror, called the Verdera, from Kohler. With Alexa-enabled voice commands, the user can control the faucet, bathtub and toilet from in front of the mirror. Alexa can also read the news and adjust the lighting. Verdera is part of the Kohler Connect line of smart home products.
Consumers are increasingly relying on smart technology to take care of everyday tasks. But these devices rely on something too—a broadband connection with enough bandwidth for them to function. As the number of connected devices in the home continues to grow, so will the importance of reliable internet service.
8K? It’s still far away
One thing you can count on at CES is having the chance to see a lot of concepts in technology. Some make it to development, others don’t. Nevertheless, CES is the place where these big ideas often get their first big public appearance. CES shows are known for offering a glimpse at what might be coming, even many years into the future
One such technology is 8K television resolution. The bottom line is, it’s very early.
We’re not likely to see 8K-capable televisions in the mainstream for quite a while. The exhibit floor did feature a few 8K models, such as an 88-inch OLED from LG, but it might be a long time before consumers will be able to see that technology put to use.
With four times more pixels than a 4K screen, an 8K TV has the clearest picture available with resolution of 7680 by 4320 pixels. By comparison, 4K images measure 3840 by 2160 pixels and are 16 times more picture information than HD.
It’s still very expensive to manufacture this technology. On top of that, content providers are still gearing up to provide consumers 4K coverage and content, so 8K will take quite some time.
Another highlight among TVs was a model from LG with a rollable screen.
There isn’t much information available yet about how this technology works, but LGs display model showcased the ability, with the press of a remote, to not only bend enough to change its aspect ratio, but to roll up into a base box for concealed storage.
Laptops are still pretty cool
Sure, smartphones are capable—and have even taken the place of—many of the functions we can do on a laptop, but did you ever imagine your phone and laptop could work together? Razer showed us that’s possible with its Project Linda concept computer.
Project Linda uses an Android smartphone to replace the traditional touchpad on a laptop, and serve as a secondary display. The Razer is built on a 13.3-inch laptop shell complete with a keyboard, an internal battery, several ports and 200GB of storage. Using the spot where a touchpad would have been, users simply slide their phone into a slot on the laptop body. When attached, they can scroll, click and navigate by touching the screen.
Other prominent themes at the show included the large strides in autonomous cars, advancements in transportation and delivery using drones, virtual reality, augmented reality, AI, robotics and progress with 5G wireless networks. Read more here for roundup of other show highlights.