Francine Hardaway: How the Internet of Things will turn everyday devices into publishers

CES — the Consumer Electronics Show — is a wonderland of new gadgets, technologies, and possibilities.

For the past few years, its focus has been on concept cars with huge screens that can drive themselves while their passengers watch video, and connected home devices for the Internet of Things.

In the same way your automobile can inform you that it’s running low on fuel, the most advanced refrigerators can both alert you that you’re running low on milk. But unlike the car, appliances can now connect to your home digital assistant (Apple Home, Google Assistant, or Amazon’s Echo) to help you order more.