Last year at CES, Google set up a three-story Wonka factory of smart home devices. In a massive booth near the Las Vegas Convention Center, the search giant showed off how its Google Assistant could work with everything from washing machines to miniature train sets. There was a giant, voice-controlled gumball machine full of giveaway devices. A big, blue slide spiraled to the ground.
Elsewhere at the conference, white-suited Google workers greeted people in booths across the show floor, and the company plastered the words “Hey Google” — one of the trigger phrases for the Google Assistant — over the Las Vegas Monorail.
The message was clear: After years of laying low at the world’s largest tech show, Google had finally arrived at CES. The company is primed to go even bigger at this year’s show, which starts next week Read more.