AI and home automation lead the way at CES 2019

CES 2019 features home automation

CES is always an exciting time of year for tech-lovers. There has been no shortage of talk surrounding 2019’s convention, one that heavily featured tech from two sectors: AI and home automation.

Heavy hitters like IBM and NVIDIA were accompanied by relative newcomers like Qualcomm and some unexpected presenters such as KitchenAid. Ginni Rometty, CEO of IBM, delivered a keynote that urged consumers to look past machine learning and towards the future of intuitive intelligence that AI will enable.

From AI to home automation and the IoT, this year’s CES had something for everybody.

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AI as the Future of Technology

It seems like everyone is getting on-board the AI train in the last couple of years. This year’s CES was no different, with many vendors boasting their newest AI-integrated products.

One of the most impactful sectors to integrate the technology is the medical and healthcare industry. For example, IBM displayed a new fingernail sensor prototype that would help combat the onset of a neurodegenerative disease like Parkinson’s. This is possible thanks to AI inference data from patients’ speech and its changes over time.

Meanwhile, Qualcomm helped drive AI further with its new automotive cockpit platform—based heavily on its Snapdragon processor hardware. The comfortable space features cutting-edge positioning, surround sound, and reconfigurable 3D digital instrumentation clusters. Powered by none other than AI. The cockpit platform also includes features like natural voice control and language understanding that makes personalization intimately possible.

These were just some highlights of CES 2019’s sampling of AI tech. There were also TVs that use voice assistant services and even a smart toilet, among many others.

Smart Homes get Smarter

Countless consumers already have Google Home, Amazon Alexa, or some other form of smart assistant at home already. While these devices are cool—and are getting cooler everyday—the sky is the limit when it comes to home automation.

Take KitchenAid’s new splash-proof smart display, for example. Who would have guessed that the company who makes stand mixers would be making smart displays? Regardless, their new 10-inch display is operable completely hands-free. It’s perfect for use during messy culinary tasks. It allows users to create shopping lists, search for recipes, get step-by-step instructions, and much more while cooking.

A more discreet home helper also made an appearance in the form of Mui. This smart-home control hub is built into a wooden enclosure that disguises it. Only when activated do its LEDs give away the fact that it is a powerful digital assistant.

With 2019 just getting started, there are many more product announcements on the horizon. Will 2019 be the year that we finally accept AI in every facet of life? Will our homes get even smarter thanks to new devices? Only time will tell.