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CES 2019: Alarm clocks with Google, ovens that do the shopping and more in the connected house




A scenario for a kitchen with smart home screen speakers in the huge pavilion that Google presented at CES 2019 in Las Vegas Source: AP

LAS VEGAS.- OR

CES Electronics Fair

was last year the scene of a duel, that of

Google

versus

Amazon

: both companies
They seek to be the nerve center of the home. This year, like in this one, it was possible to see in the corridors of the fair several devices, most of them compatible with the two participants. And he joined

Samsung

, which seeks to divide between both and revalidar
Bixby, his digital assistant, has so far not been very successful but that the company will include in all 500 million handsets sold every year: at CES announced that it will be compatible with Google Maps and Gmail, will incorporate more algorithms to understand the context of queries, and so on. For now, however, it is a promise, and has strong competitors who will not give up an inch of the spaces they already occupy.

Speaking of Google Maps: In the iOS version, Google has confirmed that it will incorporate
Google Assistant for the Google Maps application for the iPhone, which opens access to all its functions from Apple devices. The Google Assistant was already available as an iPhone app, but as a manual alternative to Siri

Apple

; Google Maps is a more popular and more automated use function and will serve to channel user queries in this way.

An alarm clock


Google took a step forward at CES 2019 in Las Vegas with a huge pavilion and the city's distinctive monorail with the distinctive phrase of its virtual assistant
Google took a step forward at CES 2019 in Las Vegas with a huge pavilion and the city's distinctive monorail with the distinctive phrase of its virtual assistant Source: Reuters

Although
Amazon has pioneered the field, Google has favored presence on all Android phones, which allows you to accuse one billion potential users. It's not clear how many of them use Google Assistant and, above all,
Google Home, the platform of devices that allow access to the assistant talking to an interlocutor, a television, a refrigerator and so on. In particular, technology companies intend to position their services according to the family sectors,
like the kitchen or the bedroom.

Amazon preferred to do
an own event last September; for CES, however, Google was inspired by the Amazon Echo Spot, and presented something similar during the fair: the Lenovo Smart Clock, a 4-inch screen alarm clock to display complementary results to the oral answers offered by Google Assistant. The intention of both companies is that this device ends up at the bedside table of the user; It even has a gradual lighting system to kindly wake the user. It will cost $ 79 in the United States.


Lenovo Smart Clock is an alarm clock with the built-in Google Assistant
Lenovo Smart Clock is an alarm clock with the built-in Google Assistant

The company also announced a version that integrates with Whirpool's KitchenAid, a 10-inch screen that allows access to all Google Assistant features, but is also water resistant for easy cleaning if you touch it with your hands during a kneading or handling of meat and allowing access to delicious recipes; the assistant can guide us through a recipe and interact with it.

By the way, Whirpool also announced a furnace compatible with both platforms, the Smart Oven +; In addition to its functions as a convection oven, it can be controlled with an application, change cooking modes and more. For example, via Yummly, he learns from our culinary tastes, suggests specific dishes, makes the list of necessary ingredients, and buys them (only in the United States for the time being).

An addition to Google Home (all devices, is a change in the platform) is the possibility of having an automatic translator simultaneously using only Google Home: it will be used in hotels in the first phase.

Whole house


With Alexa, Amazon was also present in the universe of devices and services that were presented at the CES fair in Las Vegas
With Alexa, Amazon was also present in the universe of devices and services that were presented at the CES fair in Las Vegas Source: Reuters

Google also announced Google Assistant Connect, a platform to ease the wizard's connection to the smart elements of the house, a point where Amazon leverages the number of compatible home devices.

Among some of the devices for digital assistants announced at CES 2019 are the Lutron Fan Speed ​​Control, a key to regulate the speed of a ceiling fan that can be controlled with voice (compatible with Amazon and Google); Kadrilj blind from Ikea, also compatible with both services; Asus Lyra Voice, Bluetooth speakers that also serve as a Wi-Fi repeater and are compatible with Alexa.


Asus Wi-Fi repeater speakers
Asus Wi-Fi repeater speakers

There are just a few examples: the reality is that most handset manufacturers are opting to be compatible with both platforms at the same time, so they do not bet their future on just one of them: they are likely to coexist. For a long time since both have thousands of compatible devices, and the vast majority of them (especially home appliances and electronics to automate the home) have a fairly slow turnover rate: if someone buys a built-in Alexa refrigerator today, it will take several years until Google has the opportunity to enter as a substitute.


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