(SMH) — If you have ever felt the need to talk to your fridge, this may prove an exciting year. Voice and gesture recognition technology took centre stage at this month’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, pointing towards a near future when all our gadgets will be able to see, hear and understand us.

Everything from smartphones to TVs to laptops that respond effectively to human voices and gestures will be introduced this year, breaking down perhaps one of the final barriers between man and machine.

Products that first see the light of day at the show have a habit of quickly becoming part of daily life.
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Since it began in 1967, CES has hosted huge announcements including the VCR in 1970, Atari’s home Pong console in 1975, the CD and camcorder in 1981 and the Commodore 64 in 1992.

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