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James Marshall
January 12, 2018

At CES 2018 this year in Las Vegas, Google is pushing its virtual assistant in a big way, even painting the side of the monorail that goes past the Las Vegas Convention Center. And you can bet that we'll be seeing a lot more of "Hey Google" over 2018, beginning at the Consumer Electronics Show that kicks off on January 9.

Some of the highlights of the event so far include LG's remarkable 65-inch OLED rollable TV prototype, Acer's latest Swift 7 - the thinnest laptop in history - and Samsung's colossal Wall TV.

Amazon's Alexa dominated the show a year ago, despite not being an exhibitor due to their integration deals with everything from vehicle manufacturers to home security and smart home devices from a wide variety of companies.

Of course, some of us use more than one. The technology will be a predominant theme at CES.

The galloping popularity of devices that respond to the sound of our voice will have a ripple effect on the smart-home market, spurring consumers to experiment with a host of new "smart" products - from connected thermostats, WiFi-connected security cameras, smart locks and doorbells and the like. Licensing of signing folks up for services such as Amazon Prime or YouTube Red are an enormous potential revenue flow for these businesses. Its usage is increasing in mobile and wearable devices. Larger-scale AR hardware and experiences are due to make an appearance, and CES could be the ideal stage. However at the CES 2018 - the company is stepping up.

Apple plans to have the technology ready for its own augmented reality glasses by 2019, so that the device can be released by 2020. The game tracks the user's position in the real world via Global Positioning System (GPS) and projects Pokemon on the screen- collectible monsters that players can catch and raise.

A significant opportunity for AR in the business is in the installation and maintenance of technological solutions.

What is expected to come out of CES 2018?

"This panel will provide great insights into how companies across all industries around the world are putting IBM Watson to work, managing workflows, data sets and insights all through AI".

They will flock into Sin City to take in all the CES has to offer.

It is likely that AR will be taken to the next level at CES, especially since Apple is exhibiting their ARKit framework.

Carlos Ghosn of Nissan said it best: "We will see more change in the next 10 years than we did in the last 50". But CES is the place for less-known and lower-cost Android phones, along with tablets, laptops and other personal computers, not to mention storage drives and other accessories.

Those systems include a blindspot monitoring device that can show drivers their position in relation to other cars, plus a function that can steer, accelerate and brake the auto at speeds of up to 90mph.

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