The CES 2019 is full of announcements from companies such as Samsung, LG, Sony and Vizio, most of which have a common theme: support for Google’s Assistant and Amazon’s Alexa.
Last Friday, at the closing of the Consumer Electronics Show in 2019, more than 3,500 exhibitors took their merchandise and walked out of the Las Vegas Convention Center and the Sands Expo.
CES 2019 is full of announcements from companies such as Samsung, LG, Sony and Vizio, most of which have a common theme: support for Google’s Assistant and Amazon’s Alexa.
One might say that Google and Amazon have more influence on CES 2019 than ever before through compatible products.
Of course, both companies have impressive growth indicators to share: Google Assistant will reach 1 billion devices by the end of January, and so far, more than 100 million Alexa-enabled devices have been sold worldwide.
Unsurprisingly, most of the new voice-activated devices released at the Consumer Electronics Show were smart speakers and security cameras, including some cameras on the Amazon industry chain. So which one is the user’s favorite?
The following is a summary of Google Assistant and Alexa gizmos, which caught the attention of users at the 2019 CES show.
1. Samsung 2019 QLED TVs
At the opening of CES 2019, Samsung released a giant TV set. The 219-inch wall display is made up of modular led tiles. This is an ingenious design that can be reconfigured to any resolution, aspect ratio, size or shape.
However, since the price tag has not yet been announced (and certainly very expensive), it is not practical for most people.
Samsung’s QLED TV in 2019 has a higher color contrast ratio, higher maximum brightness and a stronger AI driver upgrade algorithm than the previous generation. But their key feature is to support both Google’s Assistant and Amazon’s Alexa.
When these new products are on the shelves, users can choose their own voice assistant to control them, provided they have a smart speaker. Alexa and Google Assistant are not natively integrated with Samsung’s new TV like Samsung’s Bixby.
Instead, smart speakers like Google Home or Echo Dot connect between the user and the TV to adjust volume, switch power, switch inputs, and launch applications.
2. Kohler Numi 2.0
Kohler’s new smart toilet can listen to the user’s voice.
With Google Assistant, the Numi 2.0 toilet not only heats the seat, but also enables “interactive” multi-color ambient lighting control. The built-in Bluetooth speaker activates the cleaning and drying functions.
3. Whirlpool Smart Countertop Oven
As Michigan electric giant Whirlpool showed on its new smart cooktop, smart ovens are as popular as ever.
The countertop cooking gadget not only automatically recognizes food, adjusts cooking time and temperature, but also works with Google Assistant and Alexa. Home gourmets can use the built-in smart food thermometer to check the temperature of the food while cooking the main course.
And with the cooking status notification of the oven, users no longer have to worry about baking the dinner. However, the price of $ 799 is clearly not the most economical way of roasting chicken.
3. Ikea Fyrtur
The iconic Navia brand IKEA launched a series of new electric blinds at the 2019 International Consumer Electronics Show, which sounds plain and unremarkable, but it is not an ordinary curtain.
The upcoming Fyrtur sunglasses will be available in April this year for $119, with a built-in rechargeable battery that is opaque and shields the sun. Not only do they work with Google Assistant, but they also work with Amazon’s Alexa and Apple’s Siri through HomeKit.
4. U by Moen
What better way to adjust the water temperature to a certain level than the shower controller?
The shower controller is equipped with a 5-inch LCD screen and cloud computing system and is compatible with Google Assist. U by Moen will receive Google Assistant integration in the second quarter of 2019, and HomeKit support will be implemented in the first quarter.
It will work with Google Assistant, and when the user triggers it, the light bulbs, electric blinds and other devices connected to it will open at the same time.
U by Moen currently has two or four outlet shower controllers starting at $1,160. An optional spare battery kit will be sold separately.
5. KitchenAid Smart Display
Currently, smart display has become a trend and is supported by the Facebook portal, Amazon Echo Show and Google Home Hub.
One of the latest products is Whirlpool’s KitchenAid Smart Display, a Google Assistant display that follows the recent launch of Lenovo, JBL and LG.
It is waterproof (IPX5) with a 10-inch display and offers “exclusive” cooking content from Yummly, a personalized recommendation and video guide.
Much like other Google Assistant smart monitors, it can set timers, display highlights in Google Photos, bring up recipes, convert units, queue music, and control smart home devices.
1. C by GE Connected Lights and Switches
At this year’s International Consumer Electronics Show, GE joined the multi-color connected lighting control and launched an expanded C by GE General Electric lighting lineup.
Its new 60-watt A19 bulb, BR30 recessed lightbox and light strip have adjustable white and millions of color options and can be controlled via voice, applications, routines and schedules, all without the need for a hub.
GE also introduced smart switches for use with existing luminaires this year that can synchronize bulbs on different circuits via wireless communication.
2. Jabra Elite 85h
Jabra unveiled the veil of the $299 Elite 85h headset. The headset can be used for up to 32 hours after charging, with built-in 40mm custom speakers and 8 microphone arrays, as well as analyzing the surrounding environment, optimizing volume and equalization levels.
It automatically switches between the three modes – “commuting”, “in public” and “in private” to provide the best listening experience.
Most importantly, it is compatible with Alexa, Siri and Google Assistant.
3. Lenovo Smart Tabs
A tablet with a smart display is a very interesting idea.
In fact, Amazon has already reflected this idea in the Fire tablet family. Now, other OEMs are joining.
The Lenovo Smart Tabs series of two-in-one tablets are the first third-party hardware to support Amazon’s display model. When placed on the Lenovo Smart Dock, they are converted into a full-featured, Alexa-compatible full-screen visual smart display.
When the user speaks a specific wake-up word, the screen will pop up the screen from your home security camera, highlighting the upcoming calendar event, displaying the weather forecast for the day.
4. LG Signature OLED TV R
LG released a number of products at the 2019 International Consumer Electronics Show, including the new 88-inch and 65-inch 8K TVs. The former is embedded with the Dolby Atmosphere Tuning Sound System.
But by far the most eye-catching product at the show is the LG Signature OLED TV R, which is compatible with Alexa and HomeKit. It has a flexible, razor-like screen that can be rolled inside the base.
It can be partially expanded in LG’s so-called Line View, an ultra-wide canvas for digital clocks, weather forecasts, photos and ambient colors.
When it is rolled up and put away, the base of the TV is equipped with a 4.2-channel, 100-watt front-mounted speaker that doubles as an Alexa-compatible Dolby Atmos front-mounted speaker.
5. Petcube Bites 2 and Play 2
When the user is not at home, there may be no better way to check Fido than the second-generation Petcube pet camera, which allows the pets to have enough and have fun.
Their dual wide-angle 180-degree camera allows users to clearly see what’s going on at home, and the four-microphone array can receive Alexa commands like a professional.
Bites 2 and Play 2 capture 1080p video clips up to 4x for digital zoom and night vision, and easily trigger two-way video calls with proximity sensors. The sensor can also detect when the child is sitting in front of the camera.
Bites 2 and Play 2 will be available for $249 and $199, respectively. Both products will be available in the spring of 2019.
Most of the above products will meet with users this year, and their emergence will further promote the process of digitization and intelligence, and can provide more convenience for users’ lives to a certain extent.
At the same time, these products are also a good example of the competition between search giant Google and retail giant Amazon, both of which are integrated with voice assistants, and this is the next major mode of integration with the digital world.