Google mulls Assistant shopping in war with Alexa

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In a video presentation by LG, one consumer cooks while reading a recipe from the smart screen of the company's voice-activated robot CLOi.

One thing is certain: the exhibitors at CES 2018 are relentlessly pursuing the ultimate goal: the fully-connected home.

And the market for smart devices is exploding, even with warnings that "the internet of things" is notoriously insecure.

Still, Alexa is going to be around for at least a few more years.

Asus is adding Alexa to its laptops, providing more competition for Cortana.

If CES 2016 saw the first trickles of Alexa compatibility, and CES 2017 saw the dam break, this year's CES saw Amazon's voice agent flood the landscape of consumer devices, working its way into such water analogy-friendly devices as showers, washing machines and home leak detection devices. Samsung's massive 396-cm TV is dubbed "The Wall" for obvious reasons. All companies want to compete with Apple and beat them at their own game. Going into 2018, advanced digital assistants are still emerging.

Elsewhere in your living room, the humble TV remote is being swept away by smart speakers such as Amazon's Echo. The search giant had large plans for its Google Assistant at CES this year, however, they still seemed to be outshined by Amazon's own voice assistant.

From there, you can pair the Blade with your phone, which makes it easy to check your messages, view directions or even take first-person photos or videos, using either the touchpad or voice commands.

According to Mehedi Hassan of Thurrott, Asus and Lenovo are new Windows 10 devices to bring a widen availability of Alexa in the market of Windows PCs. The smart sofa's vibrating seats contain motion sensors and amplifiers for the ultimate home cinema experience. You can look up recipes for dinner, collated from around the web.

The only possible competitor to Alexa at this point is Google Home, but Alexa has a huge lead: over 4,000 devices can now be controlled by Alexa, the company said, while Google's total is around 1,500. "You want to keep it as simple as possible". Sporting a tiny DLP projector that spits images onto its full colour see-through display, the Blade's uses waveguide optics to project a tiny display onto the right lens of some surprisingly normal-looking glasses.

The bathroom of the future is also getting a makeover thanks to a wealth of smart home devices which will either prove either extremely useful or just plain creepy.

Both Smart Displays will be available starting this summer.

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