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Global Race to Develop Smart Home Devices, Driverless Cars

Global Race to Develop Smart Home Devices, Driverless Cars

Friday, 5 January, 2018 - 06:30
A drone flies near a tent at the International Consumer Electronics Show on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is expected to feature the top tech trends, which will come in the form of devices with artificial mind, or designs connected to artificial intelligence devices that execute voice commands.

The show, which will showcase the latest innovations in computers, gaming, robotics, vehicle technology, virtual and augmented reality, kicks off on January 9 and run till 12, attracting about 3,900 exhibitors from 150 countries.

It is expected to receive 170,000 visitors.

Whether it’s a doorbell or a refrigerator, a TV set or a toothbrush, chances are it will be connected to digital assistants powered by artificial intelligence aiming to anticipate needs or desires.

Experts said gadgets will be increasingly tuned to glean insights about the people using them, with an aim of anticipating what might be desired, as they will learn about the individual and his preferences, and then will try to get smarter about how to interact with him.

The smart home appliances have evolved, and voice-assisted digital assistants are being integrated into most devices, such as Amazon’s Alexa, Google Assistant, Apple Siri and Microsoft Cortana.

AFP reported experts who said that many companies gave up gadgets with AI systems and instead are building devices involving smart voice assistants. However, many considered that there is still a war on for the connected home platform.

Artificial intelligence is also expected to open the door to “computer vision” used in drones, autonomous cars and robotics. Major car-makers will be on hand as well as makers of tech platforms for self-driving vehicles such as Intel’s Mobileye and chipmaker Nvidia.

Fisker, a startup led by former BMW designed Henrik Fisker, will debut a $130,000 electric car, while Tesla will showcase its newest designs. CES will include special zones for sports and medical technologies as well.

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