Las Vegas's CES Consumer Electronics Show is the annual curtain-raiser for the industry's gambles forthe year ahead,
Samsung unveiled its Wall, a 146-inch monster television you might need a bigger house for, but there was also FoldiMate, a neat robot that takes the yawn out of laundry, and Buddy, from a French startup, a Google Assistant voice-controlled robot that can roam around the home, designed to be cute to encourage empathy.
"I think we are having an I moment. And it is not the iPhone moment, it is the integration moment. It is the integration of gadgets, of services, of devices into an ecosystem that at the end of the day benefits the user experience," says the Research Director at the Gartner research institute, Werner Goertz.
The world comes to Las Vegas for this show and keen to display what it can do China exhibited an ambitous car project, the Byton Concept. Claimed to be the world's first smart, intuitive vehicle. it's from a startup in Nanjing and is due to rollout in 2019 with a target privce of 45,000 dollars.
Over 3,900 ehibitors are at CES 2018, where other top trends this year's include artificial intelligence, the'Internet of Things' and mobility tech.