Top trends at CES 2017
Every year, around 200,000 tech fans, journalists and brands descend on Las Vegas for the industries biggest trade show of the year. This year is especially poignant, as it marks the trade shows 50th year. We take a look at some of the biggest trends that have emerged so far from the show- the likes of which will no doubt be shaping the world be live in 2017.
The Smart Home
Whilst the concept of the smart home is not especially new, what has been seen at CES this year is the proliferation of Smart Home appliances and the integration of IoT into everyday household objects. The likes of which include Wi-fi connected coffee machines, app-controlled fridges, windows and even small household objects such as doorbells. What this years products have shown is that IoT cane integrated into pretty much any part of the home- all controlled by a few taps or swipes on your phone. We look forward to seeing how this affects retail and F&B design, and how these advancements in smart tech can improve customer experience.
The Battle of the Voice Assistant
Last year we saw the launch of the markets two biggest players- Google Home and Amazon’s Alexa/ Echo. At this years CES there has been an explosion in the number of voice controlled personal assistants/ platforms - including the Lenovo Smart Assistant, Samsung’s Viv assistant and LG’s Hub Robot . What is not clear yet is whether these voice controlled systems are an integral product to any ‘Smart Home’ or whether they act as the gateway to what to some is quite a daunting aspect of a completely connected/ tech enabled home.
Chinese tech brands take centre stage
Many Chinese brands have been taking the spotlight this year with their fresh take on innovation in tech, brands such as TCL, Hisense, LeEco and Huawei. Many of these brands see CES as an opportunity to showcase their products on a global stage, and expose their brand to outside of their home market. An example of this is Huawei’s new smartphone, the Mate 9, for which the company showcased earlier this week.