Cool Smart Home Assistants At CES 2018

China's Baidu on Monday announced it was integrating its voice assistant into a lamp speaker and dome ceiling lights. If you're specifically looking for an Alexa device, though, you're probably better off getting an Echo directly from Amazon.

Apple and Google could also exploit their positions as integral parts of the general population's lives: we all walk into work with either Siri or Google Assistant in our pockets. Questions are answered with images and text.

Expect more than a response...


You can turn off the microphone of Amazon Echo, Echo Plus, and Echo Dot by pushing the microphone on/off button on the top of your device. Their latest invention is the so-called "Alexa Mobile Accessory Kit" that will let you control it on the go. Lenovo has even added a handy camera cover, in case you're anxious about privacy.

Digital assistants have been one of the most prolific technologies at this year's CES in Las Vegas. Like your buddy, Alexa will be able to strike a conversation with you. Point your browser to

That's not all because this AI has a social personality, can sing and has a celebrity crush!

Cool Smart Home Assistants At CES 2018

It has baked Bixby into TVs, fridges and smartphones among other products - and those are the only places you'll find it. "I'm blind. I can't see the on-screen guide", said Bill. Who said women are not good at directing? Consumers can still access YouTube via browser apps on Fire TV, which have been performing "exceptionally well". That constrained consumers in how they used the service, Whitten said, with many just speaking in short search terms, much like the ones one would enter with a keyboard. Typical of what you type in Google. On the other hand, it did not expose the sales numbers for the separate gadgets. Ask and you shall receive, with visual cues as well as audio. If you have changed your default marketplace while using an Alexa-enabled product, you will need to perform this step for each marketplace to delete all voice recordings associated with your account. Right now, Alexa seems to rotate between 8-10 different responses for what her favorites are, although she refuses to acknowledge any other beer favorite besides Budweiser. All thanks to the power of machine learning. This is what the Amazon team is strenuously working on at the moment. For more information on removing messages, refer to the FAQ "How do I remove messages?"

Currently, Cortana boasts just 230 skills - a far cry from the 25,000 available via Alexa.

Nearly all the appliance makers showed voice-controlled devices, and Samsung is building its Bixby voice assistant into TVs, alleviating the need for a remote. LG is the third manufacturer to get on board the bandwagon as they too have announced the release of the LG ThinQ WK9. "Five years from now, we're not quite sure either".

An Alexa-powered Echo speaker presides over a game of When In Rome.

Amazon's ad revenue could reach $4.5 billion in 2018, a 61% increase from $2.8 billion in 2017, according to JPMorgan.

  • Arturo Norris