CES Day 4 recap: Checking in with Microsoft and wrapping up a wacky week at the big tech show

It was another crazy week at CES learning about how technology may shape the future.

Team GeekWire was on the ground in Las Vegas for the past four days at the world’s biggest tech show, where we covered everything from robot lawnmowers to air taxis to Amazon’s Alexa in a hotel room.

Check out the video above for our initial impressions after arriving back in Seattle. The show officially wraps up today and we’ll be posting more CES-related stories in the coming days — you can follow all of our CES coverage here. Here’s a recap of the news:

  • I welcome our robot overlords, as long as they’ll mow my lawn like this LG gadget does
  • Sports stars at CES; Steve Ballmer talks Second Spectrum; and more sports tech news
  • Where’s Cortana? Microsoft is playing the long game as Amazon and Google dominate CES
  • Hands on with Microsoft’s hardware cornucopia at tech giant’s behind-the-scenes CES booth
  • CES Day 3 recap: Power goes out at world’s biggest tech show while human-like robots draw attention
  • T-Mobile opens nightclub-esque retail store in Las Vegas with juice bar, Alexa, VR, and more
  • Through with the looking glasses? Hype fades for Snap Spectacles as Google draws the crowd at CES
  • Geared Up Podcast: Voice assistant mania and the latest TV tech at CES
  • Beyond simple answers, Amazon’s Alexa could grow to have opinions … like a video store movie buff
  • CES organizers blame rainstorm for power outage, as weather continues to disrupt tech conference
  • Want to attract a crowd at CES? It helps to have a cute little robot named Buddy
  • Lights out at CES: Giant trade show plunges into darkness, knocks out Samsung, LG, and other booths
  • Testing Alexa in a hotel room: We used Amazon’s voice assistant inside a swanky Las Vegas suite
  • Video: Inside Amazon’s traveling smart home trailer, where Alexa controls the PC, coffee pot and the mood
  • Polk Audio debuts first voice-controlled sound bar with Amazon Alexa
  • Hands-on with Windows Mixed Reality headsets: Same tech as Microsoft HoloLens, at a lower price
  • Can I escape from CES and get outside? No, but these TV images of nature helped for 2 minutes
  • Oh, hey look! These all white Google getups are the fashion hit of CES
  • Hate sitting in traffic? I took a virtual ride in this Air Taxi to see the future of urban mobility
  • Toyota joins growing list of companies announcing integration with Amazon’s Alexa
  • Vegas Golden Knights GM says Seattle could be a ‘perfect fit’ for an NHL team
  • Hey Google, come back later: Search giant’s CES booth unveiling washed out due to heavy rain
  • Intel brings out former NFL star Tony Romo at CES keynote to tout company’s sports technology
  • In unusual CES statement, Intel CEO addresses Spectre and Meltdown bugs
  • LimeBike rolling out electric bicycles in Seattle, San Francisco and several other cities
  • Glowforge debuts materials line for 3D laser printer, announces $70M in total sales
  • Sony sells 5.9M PS4 consoles worldwide during holidays, tops 73M units to date
  • Tech giant Baidu chasing AI innovation with new products that utilize ‘the Alexa of China’
  • Google continues all-out blitz of CES with new smart speakers, TVs and more featuring Google Assistant
  • Hi, Bixby! At a CES awash in Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, Samsung goes its own way
  • Are these LG robots going to take your job? Not anytime soon.
  • Panasonic bringing Alexa and Google Assistant to in-car ‘infotainment’ systems, with offline capabilities
  • LG bets big on Google Assistant, but still hedging its bets with Amazon
  • Toyota reveals e-Palette, a vision for a futuristic ‘Treasure Truck,’ with Amazon among early partners
  • Live from CES: GeekWire grabs In-N-Out as we immerse ourselves at the annual technology expo
  • Smart water venture with ties to University of Washington unveils $850 leak detection device
  • Alexa is coming to PCs: HP, ASUS and Acer bring Amazon’s assistant onto Microsoft Cortana’s turf
  • Amazon Alexa vs. Google Assistant emerges as key battle of CES 2018
  • Here’s why 30 current and former NFL players are headed to the big Consumer Electronics Show
  • Death threats reportedly behind FCC Chair Ajit Pai’s abrupt CES cancelation
  • CES 2018 preview: Amazon in the spotlight again as it aims to get Alexa everywhere