The CES Foodtech & Smart Kitchen Trends Wrapup

Every year upon returning from my annual pilgrimage to Las Vegas, someone always asks me, “what was the big thing at CES this year?”

And this year, just like every year, I struggle to answer the question.

The reason? Because there’s never just one big thing. There are usually many big things.


This is in part because it’s such a massive show, one that’s gotten bigger both in scope and attendance over the years, and it’s hard to easily summarize the trends from nearly every corner of tech. Whether your thing is AI, IoT, VR/AR, cryptocurrencies, robotics, CES had something to make you happy.

Because of the overwhelming amount of news and stuff to see, it’s helpful to go to CES with a focus. For me, this year (and really, the last couple years) that focus was kitchen and food tech.  And because there’s no concentrated area at CES for food or kitchen tech (get with the program, CTA), that means I am usually scanning a bunch of different spaces (smart home, fitness, startups) to find interesting new companies or news.

  1. Smart Kitchen Platforms Emerge
  2. Voice Interfaces Everywhere
  3. Digital Sensing
  4. Food Inventory Management
  5. Water Intelligence
  6. Wireless Power
  7. Specialized Living
  8. Robot Invasion
  9. Humanless Retail
  10. New Cooking Boxes Appliances
  11. Home As Food Factory
  12. Smart Booze

Read the round-up at The Spoon: