cnetCNET to Launch New Matrix to Make Understanding Smart Home Tech Easier 

Actor Carly Chaikin of “Mr. Robot” to Headline CNET’s “The Next Big Thing” Super Session Panel on Smarter Homes for Everyone 


CNET to Feature Daily News and Videos of the Latest Tech Trends from the Show Floor and Live Video Streams of All Major Press Conferences  

SAN FRANCISCO – Dec. 21, 2016 – CNET, the world’s largest and most trusted online source of consumer technology news and reviews, returns to CES 2017 with a new editorial feature, original programming and real-time coverage from the most influential consumer technology show, which runs from Jan. 5 to Jan. 8. 


This year at CES, CNET will debut the Smart Home Matrix, a new site feature that is designed to help consumers navigate the nuances of smart home technology. Available exclusively on CNET, it will also be on display for demos at CNET’s Tech West Booth at CES 2017. CNET’s Smart Home Matrix is the only tool on the market that lets consumers quickly discover which connected devices work with each other, and what features they provide.

CNET’s Smart Home Matrix matches over 100 different smart devices, such as lighting, thermostats and locks, with all major connected home platforms, such as Amazon Alexa, Google Home and Apple HomeKit. The Matrix will be updated by CNET’s editorial staff as new products come to market or as existing devices receive new compatibility upgrades.

“We’ve seen smart home technology increasingly take prominence at CES with more products announced each year,” said Mark Larkin, SVP and GM at CNET.  “From our own testing in the CNET Smart Home, we understand one of the largest hurdles in adopting smart home technology is getting multiple devices to work together. Our Smart Home Matrix helps consumers do just that by letting them know what devices are compatible with each other.”

As part of its ongoing effort to help consumers better understand how technology is changing our lives, CNET will also hold a number of expert panels featuring some of the industry’s leading minds, including:


The Next Big Thing Super Session: Smarter Homes For Everyone

Actor Carly Chaikin of the popular television series “Mr. Robot” will headline CNET’s “The Next Big Thing” super session panel, which promises to feature a lively discussion on what our domestic digital future really looks like and the role technology will play in creating a high-tech future for every home.


Joining Chaikin onstage will be CNET Editor-in-Chief Lindsey Turrentine and Editor-At-Large Brian Cooley, who will moderate a panel of smart home technology denizens and experts, including: Mike George, vice president of Amazon Alexa and Appstore; Rishi Chandra, vice president of product management at Google Home; Alex Hawkinson, founder and CEO of SmartThings; and Jason Johnson, CEO of August Home.

The Next Big Thing takes place on Thursday, Jan. 5 at 3:30 PM, PT in Room N257, North Hall at the Las Vegas Convention Center.


Autonomous Cars: The Future’s Biggest Surprises

Self-driving cars are inevitable, but what does that mean for road signs and infrastructure? Or the future of parking garages and ride-hailing services?

Tim Stevens, editor-in-chief of Roadshow, CNET’s auto destination site, takes an in-depth look at what’s driving this new fascination around autonomous cars with a panel of the brightest intellectuals from the automotive industry, academia and government, including: Dr. Stephen Zoepf, executive director of the Center for Automotive Research at Stanford University; Dr. Melissa Cefkin, principal researcher of human understanding and design at Nissan Research Center, Silicon Valley; Dr. Jim McBride, senior technical leader of autonoumous vehicles at Ford Motor Company; and Raj Rajkumar, autonomy research at Carnegie Mellon University.

The Autonomous Cars panel takes place on Friday, Jan. 6 at 1:00 PM, PT in Room N258, North Hall at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Robots: Are They Ready to Help?

Humanoids of sci-fi dreams aren’t quite here, but robots have begun to infiltrate our homes. How will artificial intelligence and automation change our lives?

CNET senior editor Ashley Esqueda and Roadshow editor-in-chief Tim Stevens host a panel of luminaries to discuss everything from autonomous driving to the economics of robotics, including: Dr. Harry Kloor, bold innovator/founding member of X-Prize Foundation; Steve Cousins, CEO and founder of Savioke; Siddhartha Srinivasa, Finmeccanica Associate Professor of Robotics at Carnegie Mellon University; and Steve Carlin, general manager and vice president of marketing and business development for North and South America at Softbank Robotics.

The Robotics panel takes place on Friday, Jan. 6 at 3:30 PM, PT in Room N261, North Hall at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

In addition, CNET will bring its audience to the show through live streams of all the major press conferences, a virtual tour of the show floor, interviews with newsmakers, expert analysis of the top tech trends, products and companies to watch and CNET’s daily must-see picks. Complete coverage of this year’s conference will be available at

CNET will kick-off coverage on Wednesday, Jan. 4 with live video streaming and blogging of all major press conferences. Coverage will continue through Sunday, Jan. 8 with live video streaming of CNET’s “Next Big Thing,” as well as live booth tours, product demos and live stage interview with tech industry leaders.

Live Stream Press Conference Schedule for Wednesday, Jan. 4:

8:00 AM PT – LG Electronics

9:00 AM PT – Monster

10:00 AM PT – Panasonic

11:00 AM PT – TCL

12:00 PM PT – Hisense

1:00 PM PT – Toyota

2:00 PM PT – Samsung

3:00 PM PT – Hyundai

4:00 PM PT – Intel

5:00 PM PT – SONY

CNET CES Sessions: 

The Next Big Thing Super Session: Smart Homes For Everyone

Thursday, Jan. 5 at 3:30 PM, PT

Room N257, North Hall at the Las Vegas Convention Center

Autonomous Cars: The Future’s Biggest Surprises

Friday, Jan. 6 at 1:00 PM, PT

Room N258, North Hall at the Las Vegas Convention Center

Robots: Are they ready to help?

Friday, Jan. 6 at 3:30 PM, PT

Room N261, North Hall at the Las Vegas Convention Center

About CNET

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