[email protected] 2018 Roundup, Part 1: 4K HDR TVs Get Larger, Voice Assistants Get Smarter

Where to find the top stories on what’s happening at the show

The new year means new gadgets at the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, and this year’s show promised plenty of new technology — and, yes, plenty of buzzwords — before the show floor officially opens today. In an effort to keep you informed of all the goings-on at the Las Vegas Convention Center this week, SVG is compiling a roundup of the top stories from around the web. Whether you’re at the show or couldn’t make it to Las Vegas this year, read on for all the big announcements from yesterday’s Press Day and stay tuned to sportsvideo.org for additional coverage throughout the week.

First off, here’s a rundown of SVG’s live coverage from the show thus far:

Next, here’s a roundup of reports from the show floor:

Although Amazon’s Alexa was the star of the show last year, she has some competition in 2018 from Google Assistant, Samsung’s Bixby, Apple’s Siri, and more. (CBS News)

Some industry observers are projecting that the quest for digital-assistant dominance is really just a two-horse race between Amazon and Google. (Wall Street Journal)

LG attempted to enter the digital-assistant race with the introduction of CLOi, but the company’s presentation did not proceed exactly according to plan. (Gizmodo)

However, many agree that, regardless of which assistant is used, we’re heading toward a future where everything is equipped with voice assistance. (Mashable)

Speaking of Google, the technology behemoth has a presence on the show floor where it is spotlighting four new smart displays, all Google Assistant-enabled. (CNET)

4K HDR is expected to have its moment at CES 2018, with a slew of companies rolling out TVs boasting higher resolutions and wider dynamic range. Hisense announced that its exclusive World Cup TV app will stream this summer’s games in 4K HDR. (SVG)

As for virtual reality, one source predicts that a combination of normalization and expensive hardware will cause the technology to “fade into the background,” while augmented reality moves to the forefront. (The Verge)

In other news, in a Keynote, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich addressed the security and speed issues surrounding Meltdown and Spectre. (The Verge)

CES wouldn’t be CES without robots. Check out a rundown of the best robots and droids you can expect to see in Las Vegas this year. (Tech Radar)

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