SmartHouse - - COMMENT - Writ­ten by DAVID RICHARDS

CES 2018 was more about tech­nol­ogy than prod­ucts and what we saw is set to be­come a key part of prod­uct of­fer­ings later this year.

I have been at­tend­ing CES for 22 years and what hap­pens is that this shows goes in cy­cles, prod­uct Vs tech­nol­ogy which in the past has be­come the fun­da­men­tal plat­form for a lot of prod­uct in­no­va­tion.

2018 was all about, voice, robotics and ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence tech­nol­ogy that you might not see but it will be there in smart­phones, TV, ap­pli­ances and sound sys­tems.

While we did see lots of drones, aug­mented re­al­ity gog­gles, vir­tual re­al­ity head­sets, cars that can drive them­selves and more it was the core ba­sic prod­ucts such as a TV that you can talk to elim­i­nat­ing the need of a re­mote or an ap­pli­ance that is able to de­liver man­age­ment in­for­ma­tion to a screen or smart­phone.

This year you could go nowhere in Ve­gas with­out be­ing hit by Google mar­ket­ing for their voice ac­ti­va­tion and con­sumers saw this mar­ket­ing the trade at­ten­dees were be­ing hit with Google demon­stra­tions on ev­ery sec­ond stand.

Why be­cause Google wants man­u­fac­tur­ers to build their voice tech­nol­ogy into a prod­uct over that on of­fer from Ama­zon, Mi­crosoft with Cor­tana and Ap­ple’s Siri.

Th­ese are man­u­fac­tur­ers who Google want to cre­ate and sell us things that we “don’t yet know we need.”

This month LG will roll out TV’s and ap­pli­ances with Google Voice. Sam­sung is also putting its Bixby voice as­sis­tant – al­ready in its smart­phones – into its ap­pli­ances.

As for robotics I met the pole danc­ing ro­bots and the ro­bots that helped you play ping pong as well as the ones that clean up af­ter you which is more to my lik­ing.

One tech­nol­ogy that did emerge was Mi­croLED which Sam­sung is set to pitch up against LG’s OLED tech­nol­ogy.

It was im­pres­sive, but I want to see it in ac­tion in Aus­tralia along­side an OLED TV be­fore I make a de­ci­sion as to which is best.

One fu­ture prod­uct that im­pressed was the LG Dis­play’s 65-inch rol­lable OLED TV that can be rolled up into a tube-like pa­per.

The one I saw was hid­den in a long white box a bit big­ger than a sound bar this al­lows for the screen to be tucked away es­pe­cially as the box can be built into a cab­i­net.

The roll-up TV won’t be out this year, but I sus­pect it will be in re­tail stores by 2019 or 2020.

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