Len Klie

CES Should Be Called SpeechFest from Now On!

Every year in January, tech heads across the world gather in Las Vegas in early January for the Consumer Electronics Show, the showplace for every new gadget, gizmo, device, and piece of circuitry imaginable. Based on the products being demonstrated at this year’s event, show organizers should really think about changing the event’s name from CES to SpeechFest, or something similar, because just about each and every press release, product demo, discussion, and seminar related to the show in some way had a speech-related twist to it.

Need proof? Here is just a smattering of the product releases that I came across:

  • Toyota is introducing Amazon Alexa, Amazon’s intelligent cloud based voice service, within select Toyota and Lexus vehicles with Toyota Entune 3.0 App Suite and Lexus Enform App Suite 2.0 in 2018.  Additional models will be available in 2019.
  • Vuzix’s Blade smart glasses powered by Amazon’s Alexa.
  • LG connected appliances, including washers and dryers, refrigerators, ranges, air conditioners, and air purifiers, with SmartThinQ technology are now compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, offering consumers the convenience of voice commands to control them.
  • Polk Audio introduced the Polk Command Bar, a voice-controlled sound bar with Amazon Alexa Voice Service built in.
  • Satellite TV provider DISH will enable its customers with Hopper, Joey, or Wally receivers to watch Hands-Free TV and voice control their TVs in multiple languages using the Google Assistant.
  • Interlogix’s UltraSync SmartHome system with hands-free voice control powered by Amazon Alexa.
  • Flex’s Augmented Reality smart glasses with voice recognition.
  • The EZVIZ Lookout Smart Door Viewer, which also connects to third-party voice services like Amazon Alexa.
  • D-Link’s mydlink DCS-8000LH HD Mini Wi-Fi Camera, DCS-8100LH HD Wi-Fi Camera, DSP-W115 Wi-Fi Smart Plug, and DSP-W245 mydlink Wi-Fi Power Strip, which all work with the Google Assistant for voice control.
  • Hogar Control’s Milo, a combination smart speaker and home hub with Z-Wave Plus and the Google Assistant, providing voice control of connected devices.
  • First Alert’s new OnelinkSafe & Sound smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarm with a superior home speaker and ability to process voice commands through Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Cortana, and other similar voice services.
  • MediaTek’s advanced wireless solutions for smart devices, including PCs, smartphones, televisions, and smart speakers, with voice control.
  • Orbit is bringing Siri and Apple Home voice app integration to its line of Faucet Timer irrigation products.
  • Switchmate’s SimplySmart Home Cube and SimplySmart Home Security System with voice and motion activation.
  • Qualcomm’s Voice UI suite Far-Field Voice 6-microphone technology, complete with beamforming, echo cancellation, noise suppression, and configurable  voice activation engine tuned to recognize “Alexa” barge-in support and voice capture in high-noise environments. Other releases from Qualcomm include an integration of its Aqstic smart home product line with Microsoft’s digital assistant Cortana; the integration of itsSmart Audio home speakers with Cortana and Google Assistant, and Low-Power Bluetooth Audio SoC Series Wireless Earbuds and Hearables with support for most existing voice assistant services.
  • Panasonic’s Amazon Alexa integration for automobile in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) systems.
  • Hunter Fan Company’s SIMPLEconnect Smart Fan Collection with voice operation through Google Home integration,
  • Whirlpool smart appliances, including microwaves, ranges, and washers and dryers, that can be controlled by voice through Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.
  • Insteon lighting systems that can be controlled by voice using Google Assistant;
  • iHome’s full line of smart home, wellness, and music devices with voice controls by Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and integrated smart home systems.
  • Nortek Security & Control’s Mighty Mule garage door opener line with support for Amazon Alexa, Google Home, and similar systems for voice control.
  • Clarion’s Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, with an Auto Valet that lets users autonomously valet park and retrieve their cars using voice commands; a smart home automation feature, and the Smart Access Virtual Assistant.
  • Optoma’s UHD51A 4K UHD voice-enabled home theater projector integrated with Amazon Alexa for voice control.
  • GGEC’s Voice-Enabled Bluetooth Sport Earphone with QuickLogic’s EOS S3 sensor processing platform for voice activation.
  • Gourmia’s Smart Kitchen Appliances with Google Assistant for voice commands.
  • The all-new 2018 Jeep Wrangler with Amazon Alexa to responds to a multitude of voice commands.
  • Pearl TV and Sony’s ATSC 3.0 application environment for next-generation broadcast TV’s with interactivity, personalization and voice command support.
  • Vobot’s Wake-up Light with Amazon Alexa.
  • BOSS Audio Systems’ Amazon Alexa-Enabled Aftermarket In-Dash Multimedia Receiver.
  • Johnson Controls’ GLAS thermostat with voice control thanks to Microsoft’s voice-enabled digital assistant, Cortana.

And those are just the ones that put out press releases on PRNewswire. I can only imagine how many other releases weren’t as hyped.