CES 2018 kicks off in only 4 days and Oomi will be there, you'll find us there at Sands #40747.
So, what does the upcoming CES have in store for the smart home, in turn what does Oomi have in store for you? It's going to be big!
Here's a look at smart home and appliance trends we think we might see at CES 2018 and how Oomi will be a part of it.
By "voice assistants," we don't mean new AI platforms to compete with Alexa, HomeKit and the Google Assistant (although that's entirely possible too). We instead expect to see something of a repeat from CES 2017 -- announcements of new and existing smart home products adding Alexa, HomeKit and Google Assistant voice functionality.
Where last year was heavily weighted toward Alexa integrations, we can expect to see more HomeKit and Google Assistant announcements in 2018. Apple's HomePod smart speaker might have missed the holiday season for this year, but that won't stop third-party device makers from extending support for Siri. Oomi will be following suit, focusing a lot on integrations this year. We want to make sure that you have the option and convenience of expanding your system using any voice assistant you seem fit.
We saw robots in droves at CES 2017 and the fascination will likely continue into 2018. But the smart home bots we've seen so far have been pretty hit-or-miss. Jibo (pictured above) is kind of cute, but it doesn't do much -- including move, beyond panning and tilting its head and an admittedly endearing, but stationary wiggle-dance. Panasonic showcased a mobile mini fridge-bot at IFA 2017 that will bring you chilled sake, no effort required.
Others, like Kuri by Mayfield Robotics, can actually move around and claim to recognize faces, but we haven't had the chance to test them out just yet. It would be exciting to see new assistant robots at the show in January, and how we can integrate popular devices into the Oomi system.
Fridges, dishwashers and other large appliances with integrated smarts have been around for awhile, too. Only a few have managed to offer any real convenience, though. I'm not convinced we'll see much movement in this space at CES beyond some additional voice assistant integrations. But the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show is happening the same week as CES 2018, so expect to see appliance coverage from both shows. Possibly including an announcement about the Alexa skill that was discovered for Delta Faucet. Imagine activating a scene that turns on the bath, dims the lights and plays your favorite music. The possibility with Oomi's scene control is endless.