Two of the most interesting products I ran into at CES were the Starkey Livio AI smart hearing aid and North Focals smart glasses. This is the first time I’ve really considered that a new kind of sensory paradigm might significantly advance the machine-human interface. This could be used to not only enhance and protect hearing for folks who don’t need hearing aids, but, coupled with the smart glasses, the smart hearing aid could redefine whether we even need a smartphone…and possibly make that class of device redundant.

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