Voice-activated home automation expected to gain momentum this year, according to research from the Consumer Technology Association One’s relationship with the connected home has been a fairly one-sided affair until now. You voice-command your digital assistant, and they (hopefully) respond.

In 2018, it’s all about the conversation. LG’s Tim Alessi summed up the sentiment of brands presenting at CES 2018 in Las Vegas in January when he said: “2018 will be the tipping point for the smart home, and for the smart, connected lifestyle.” It’s all courtesy of artificial intelligence (AI), which leading brands will start incorporating into their consumer products from this year.

Smart home was again one of the dominant themes at CES 2018, the global stage for innovation featuring technology that changes lives. Other hot trends identified included voice and deep machine learning, 5G connectivity, self-driving tech, robotics, AR (augmented reality), VR (virtual reality), biometrics, security and sports.

The latest research from the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), which owns and produces CES, suggests that voice-activated home automation will gain momentum this year. The industry association’s research forecasts that sales in the category – including smart thermostats, smart smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, IP/Wi-fi cameras, smart locks and doorbells, smart home systems, and smart switches, dimmers and outlets – will reach 40.8 million units in 2018 (a 41 per cent increase over 2017), earning US$4.5 billion (a 34 per cent increase).

While this research relates to the US, it is regarded as a global bellwether. (Separate research, by Statistica, predicts that revenue in the smart home market in Hong Kong will amount to US$204 million in 2018). Read more from scmp.com…

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