Emerging Tech Trends for the Home from CES 2017

Posted by Lauren Spencer on Thursday, January 26th, 2017 at 12:45pm.

Every January, the Consumer Electronics Show or CES takes place in Las Vegas. The industry extravaganza brings together tech aficionados and industry people alike. This year marked the 50th anniversary of the show, which originally debuted such iconic products like the VCR and CD player.

In addition to being the 50th anniversary, CES 2017 also ushered in a series of emerging trends that will be interesting and beneficial for homeowners in the future. Let’s take a look at some of the top home tech trends for 2017:

Move Over Siri, Alexa is Here

Last year, Amazon debuted their AI voice assistant technology. “Alexa” was the personality attached to the breakthrough wireless voice command Echo device. This year, we are seeing an entirely new wave of AI voice assistant products. Alexa is now available in everything from your fridge, oven, alarm clock, and even the TV. We are going to be seeing a lot of smart home technology that features AI voice assistance, but Alexa is the talk of the town right now.

Menial Chores Turning into Home Technology Experiences

It’s hard to make something like doing the laundry exciting. Improving these tasks with technology is not trying to make the process more enjoyable or dynamic, it’s working to refine the chore and make it easier so you can spend less time working on it. From washing machines and dryers that let you do two loads at once to a folding machine that will undoubtedly save you a ton of time, these products could very well make your life easier in 2017.

Combining Tech Into One Easy-to-Use Button

Home technology is taking a step away from the grandeur and focusing on simplifying your life. There were several start-ups at CES 2017 promoting one-button control systems that work with multiple different apps. Imagine having one button to control all the lights and sound system in your home. This will save you space and help you achieve a minimalist simplicity in your home.

Don’t Forget About the Robots

It wouldn’t be CES without a few robots. This year’s robots are designed as little home-helpers, similar to AI voice assistance but with the ability to move around your home. Vacuum robots may be old hat, but these new products can do much more and will come with a bigger price tag for now.

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