Well, that future is coming sooner than we think because come 2018 there will be more devices embedded with digital assistants powered by artificial intelligence (AI) from either Amazon's Alexa or Google's Assistant.
Audio equipment maker Klipsch had a sizable presence at this year's CES.
An assortment of speakers and sound bars naturally showed off Alexa integration, but so did desktops, laptops, phones, routers, TVs, cars, headphones, washers, dryers, refrigerators, light switches, smoke alarms, toilets, and even exhaust vents.
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The company has experimented with developing a version of Google Home with a screen, Rishi Chandra, vice president of the division, told Reuters in August. LG is playing both sides, in fact.
We're incredibly excited about Google's Smart Display platform, and it looks like other manufacturers are, too. "Enabling instant access to Google services from the IVI provides new experiences for OEMs to deliver as they continue to seek new ways to connect drivers". Intelligent speakers, like Amazon's Echo and Google's Home, are "quickly becoming the core foundation of smart homes", he said. It's getting easier than ever to control every mundane appliance and task around you with the voice assistant of your choice - but an ever-smarter home still comes with compromises. The ThinQ View has stereo speakers, like the JBL model above, and all the features that come with Google Assistant. According to a new report, the search giant's hoping to turn things around with a retail site that focuses on Google Assistant products.
Lenovo has introduced its first smart display at the CES 2018. These Smart Displays would be manufactured by different partners like LG, Lenovo and Sony. In 2017 alone, Alexa gained so much functionality, we wrote a post about just to keep track of it all. For more updates, stay tuned with us!