CES ( consumer electronic show) is an annual event held in Las Vegas where device manufacturers present new products and discuss new trends. Product categories vary a lot just depending on what manufacturers want to showcase. And quite a few of the devices shown are like concept cars at auto shows – – they never actually make it to market. But there are always a lot of news stories and fun things to think about, and sometimes some real trends.
In 2014, the hot topic was home automation, but it never took off in terms of sales and new products the way CES implied it would. We’re still waiting for that one.
In 2017, it seemed like the hottest trend was “and now it works with echo!” And that one definitely did describe a trend in the industry. Not only did most of the product shown deliver on something that came to market fairly close to what was on display at the show, but literally hundreds of additional products also added echo integration in 2017. Also, having support from multiple voice assistants, such as something that would work with Google Home and Amazon echo, was another new trend that did materialize in products you could actually buy.
Now 2018 approaches. This thread is for links to news articles and discussion of anything from the CES show. If you think an individual product is worthy of a separate discussion thread, go ahead. This one isn’t meant to supersede any of the others, just to provide a quick place to look for hot news and general trends.