Voice control in the smart home was one of the most dominant trends to emerge from ISE 2017. A technology that smart home enthusiasts have been tinkering with for years, voice control has officially turned the corner and is racing towards mainstream adoption. No more reaching for the nearest smart phone, tablet, or remote control; just tell your home what to do using only your voice. From raising the shades and turning off the lights, to adjusting the temperature and playing your favorite playlist, voice control in the home has officially arrived.
Amazon is a clear front runner in this category with their Echo line of products. These countertop devices, which start as low $49, can be plugged in throughout the home. With very minimal setup, these devices can be programmed to control smart home technology from dozens of manufacturers. ISE 2017 saw everyone from lighting control and automated shade providers, to house audio and video manufacturers exhibiting their Echo integrations. No longer the stuff of imagination, voice control in the home is quickly gaining steam.