The Rise Of Smart Tech At CES 2018

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At the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show, smart tech and artificial intelligence was adopted by some unexpected industries. These are the three big ones to watch this year...

The annual Consumer Electronics Show wrapped up in Las Vegas last week and—as always—the event was chock full of new, innovative, and sometimes over-the-top new technologies from small startups and big brands alike. And while the past two years were largely dominated by cars, VR, and drones, this year was awash in smart assistants, TVs, and, well yes, cars again—but this time they’re self-driving. As Yahoo!’s technology editor pointed out, this year lacked “a go-to product that managed to separate itself from the incredibly crowded pack of devices and services on display at the show.” Instead, he wrote, “every company seemed to introduce their own version of a similar device.” But there was one unifying theme to the whole show: artificial intelligence. “It’s the year of A.I. and conversational interfaces,” an analyst for Forrester Research, told the New York Times. Indeed, every product seemed to be Alexa-connected or otherwise “smart,” creating some interesting trends in markets old and new. Here’s our roundup how artificial intelligence is being adopted by three major industries this year:

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1. Personalized Beauty

The future of beauty has arrived, and it’s personal. Jumping on the trend of Customization Nation, CES was full of high-tech products that promised to do away with the one-size-fits-all ethos of the beauty industry’s past and appeal to young consumers for whom personalization is an expectation. Neutrogena released an iPhone-connected face scanner, which analyzes your skin’s health to recommend a personalized daily regimen, and Paris-based Romy showcased a skincare formulator that takes your daily…

 
 

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Quote of the Day: “A lot of people stay in jobs they hate. They feel stuck or need the money. I refuse to do this. I just gave up a Nursing career to be a CSR and I have never been happier.”—Female, 27, IN

YouTube is cracking down on creators that participate in dangerous viral challenges. The media giant updated their community guidelines to take a stronger stance against stunts that spin out of control—like the Tide Pod Challenge. Any creator that performs “pranks that make victims believe they’re in serious physical danger” will earn a strike—three and they’re out. What could constitute a strike? Just ask Jake Paul, who recently drove blindfolded for the #BirdBoxChallenge. (The Verge)

The inner five-year-old of Millennials everywhere is jumping up and down for Hot Topic’s Polly Pocket collab. In partnership with Mattel, the brand that wins at delivering unique styles is dropping a 17-piece collection of nostalgic merch. (The line looks a lot like another throwback collection we called out last year.) In celebration of the iconic toy’s 30th birthday (feel old yet?), ‘90s kids can cop everything from bags to hats to mini makeup palettes that feature shades like “Made in the 90s.” (Nylon)

YouTubers Life OMG! is like The Sims for a generation of aspiring social media stars. Players can pretend to be a video game streamer, a passionate creative, or another influencer. But the game is just as realistic as the kids who play it, making them do chores and deliver newspapers when they’re off the air. Similarly, most kids seem to know the dream is not a full-time gig; just take it from nine-year-old Oliver, who explains, “Of course I will have a good job as well, not just YouTube." (Vice)

Big brands are swooping in to save young shoppers from 2018’s oat milk shortage. The buzzy beverage has become the environmentally friendly alternative to almond milk for Millennial & Gen Z shoppers seeking dairy-free and vegan options. It became a barista favorite this year, mainly thanks to industry upstart, Oatly, which is opening a new factory to up their production. But they better hurry: big brands like Pepsi Co.’s Quaker Oats, Danone’s Silk, and Califia Farms are all getting in on this grain-based trend. (Bloomberg)

The most old-fashioned form of TV is experiencing a surge: over-the-air. While the Post-TV Gen continue to cut the cord, more are buying physical antennas to tap free networks and watch live events. Nielsen data found that this kind of old-school appointment viewing jumped from 9% of all homes in 2010 to 14% last year. Diving deeper into that 14%, about three in five also subscribe to streaming services like Netflix, and their median age is 36. (Fortune)

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