CES 2018: Alexa is Everywhere, Roll-Up TVs Hit the Stage

Here’s a look at everything that was announced at CES 2018 in Las Vegas. 

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Samsung’s 146-inch television has been showcased at the event. 
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2017 was just a small teaser to the voice assistant revolution. This is apparent at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this week, where makers of voice assistants (VAs), like Amazon and Google, have shown us that they can offer this feature in everything you can think of.

We’ve already seen VAs work on devices like Amazon Echo and Google Home, but for the first time, voice assistants have been lapped up by other brands.

Here’s a look at how this will pan out and also at other noteworthy products that were showcased at the annual tech event this year.

Alexa is Everywhere

Amazon Echo Dot smart speaker will soon get company. 
Amazon Echo Dot smart speaker will soon get company. 
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Yep, more brands have lapped up Alexa (making it a big win for Amazon), and most of them will be seen working out of smart speakers from Asus and LG, among others.

LG’s version of Alexa-enabled smart speaker. 
LG’s version of Alexa-enabled smart speaker. 
(Photo Courtesy: LG)

But that’s not all, Alexa is also making its way to televisions, Windows 10 notebooks, ultra high-def projectors, refrigerators and even smart mirrors.

In addition to that, cars, headphones and light switches are also a part of their plan.

Phew, that’s a long list of products that’ll become Alexa-friendly very soon, and this clearly shows that Amazon means business in 2018.

Google Assistant Gets a 'Smart Display'

Google plans to put a display on its Assistant.
Google plans to put a display on its Assistant.
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Unlike Amazon, which has been pushing its Alexa into almost everything, Google has taken a conservative approach with Google Assistant by focusing on where they aren’t available. And the one place where Google is yet to fit its voice assistant is a smart device with screen, much like Echo Show from Amazon.

And Google has signed up JBL, Lenovo and Sony for this unique device.

Amazon Echo Show will go up against devices from Lenovo and JBL. 
Amazon Echo Show will go up against devices from Lenovo and JBL. 
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Televisions That Mark the Future

The Wall from Samsung is its next-big innovation in the space.
The Wall from Samsung is its next-big innovation in the space.
(Photo Courtesy: Samsung)

After coming out with a television that looks like a frame last year, Samsung has unleashed its 146-inch television called The Wall, which is another bezel-less screen addition to its bulging line up. The product doesn’t have a launch date as of now, but expect a pocket-burning price tag for this one.

The pixel LED modules of The Wall’s self-emitting technology are smaller than ever before, and each chip incorporates RGB color. As a result, The Wall’s self-emitting technology removes the need for color filters altogether and is able to deliver up to 2,000 nits of peak brightness.
Samsung’s official statement

LG's Rolled Up TV is a Concept

LG’s Roll-up television has caught everyone’s eye. 
LG’s Roll-up television has caught everyone’s eye. 
(Photo Courtesy: LG)

LG claims to have made the world’s first rollable/foldable OLED television, and it showcased the concept at CES 2018. As the name suggests, you can take this 65-inch OLED screen out of its box with a remote control and decide what exactly you want to do with it.

You can partially take out the screen if you just want to check the weather or stream music. And when you want to watch a movie, you have the option to pop out the entire screen and experience a 65-inch UHD resolution display.
LG has launched another 65-inch OLED television. 
LG has launched another 65-inch OLED television. 
(Photo Courtesy: LG)

Having said that, this is just a concept product and the South Korean brand has refused to put a timeline as to when it will hit the market.

LG also launches its 4k-enabled projector at CES 2018. 
LG also launches its 4k-enabled projector at CES 2018. 
(Photo Courtesy: LG)

They’ve also announced Smart TVs that feature artificial intelligence and support Amazon’s Alexa. As well as a 4K-resolution based projector that is capable of creating a 150-inch screen in your living room, loaded with two 7W speakers.

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