The hottest tech and biggest flops at CES 2018

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Held in Las Vegas every year, CES is one of the biggest consumer electronics shows. This year brought more exciting tech that will set the tone for the rest of the year.

But not everything at the show went smoothly.

Some demonstrations faltered, other technology was criticised as unnecessary and wasteful. And the conference even suffered a power cut at one point, giving many tech-nuts their first taste of sunshine in months.

Here’s our list of the best tech and biggest flops from this year.

Hot tech in 2018

Voice assistants

If the tech show exhibitors are correct, 2018 will be the year of voice. Google and Amazon’s home assistant systems enjoyed record sales over Christmas and now the assistants are finding themselves into more and more pieces of kit.

CES 2018 has voice assistant systems in tech including Bang & Olufsen smart speakers, mirrors, light switches, microwave ovens and cars.

Transport drones

In the fast-moving world of technology, drones were in danger of feeling like old hat. Analysts believe that consumer drones are slowing down. But transport drones are here save the day for copter fans.

Intel stole the show flying its two-person Volocoptor taxi drone on stage before performing a lightshow, flying 250 drones through the Bellagio’s fountains.

Cute robots

It seems that everything we hear about robots these days is scary. It’s all killer robots this and job-stealing robots that. That’s why its nice to see an adorable robot pup with no greater purpose than to make you happy.

Sony’s Aibo is definitely the cutest gadget of the year, but would you pay $2,000 for a robo-dog?

‘The Wall’

Measuring 146 inches, Samsung’s massive “The Wall” television was the biggest screen unveiled at CES 2018.

It’s whopping size and Micro LEDs – which offer better contrast and more vibrant colours – combine to make The Wall the most impressive TV at CES 2018, closely followed by LG’s roll-up screen.

Biggest CES 2018 flops

Disobedient bots

If you are afraid of public speaking, spare a thought for LG vice president David Vander Waal who lived many nightmares when the company’s home-helping robot decided to stop working midway through a demonstration.

LG’s Cloi robot is supposed to act like an interface between you and your smart appliances. This video should serve as a reminder that voice-controlled kit isn’t completely reliable yet.

Smart toilets

2018 might the year of voice and in-home assistants, but do we really need to be able to talk to our toilet?

Kohler’s $6,000 Numi smart toilet is voice-activated. It has mood lighting, a heated seat and hot air jets to warm up your feet. For some people, this will be a dream come true. But it’s a hard pass from us.

So much more

From the impractical to the downright ridiculous, walking the CES floor revealed some especially bad gems.