CES 2017 Update: What's Next For Smart Home & Connected Cars - Voice Activation

At this year's show, voice activation is becoming integral part in simplifying new connected devices for consumers.

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Last year, we brought you updates from the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on everything from manned drones to the latest in smart lights and thermostats. We also covered foldable screens , smart bras, connected cars and the first smart appliances. But one thing that we didn't see at last year's show but is dominating the air waves this year is Amazon Alexa and how voice activiation is becoming a big part of simplifying smart home technology for consumers.

At this year's CES, we are a seeing a rise in the number of connected devices that can be controlled by voice. GearBrain has been very bullish on voice activation for months now and believe voice as the new app. Now you are seeing the growth of this new functionality and it's not surprising. A recent survey from Lenovo found 65 percent of people around the world use voice recognition technology on their PC, smartphone and tablet. The survey also showed one-third of consumers do it because its more convenient than typing and easier to do when multi-tasking. In addition, Coldwell Banker Real Estate and Vivint Smart Home released a new survey, which found that 72 percent of Americans who have smart home products want voice control.

Here are a few interesting devices we found at this year's CES which use voice recognition or activation:

Lenovo Smart Assistant

Lenovo launched their new Lenovo Smart Assistant this year at CES. This new connected devices looks like Amazon Echo and uses Amazon Alexa technology. it uses Wi-Fi and Bluetooth technology to connect to your devices which you set up using the Lenovo app that links to Amazon Alexa skills.

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