Formerly known as the Consumer Electronics Show, CES is an annual tradeshow hosted by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA). CES 2020 just finished up in Las Vegas and included no shortage of exciting new technology to explore and get excited about. Some smart home technology could be found at past CES events (for a laugh check out this clip from CES 1986) , but this year it proved to be one of the biggest, most popular, and most exciting categories of all. It is truly incredible to see just how smart you can make a modern home as technology becomes more ingrained into all aspects of human life over time. Below we have compiled a list of some of our favorite smart home tech featured at CES 2020.
The manufacturing company Kohler proved long ago they know how to make sturdy appliances and products for the home. What we are now discovering is their ability to make those solid products smart and connected. The Moxie showerhead looks like any other showerhead, but it features a wireless speaker that is Bluetooth enabled. You no longer have to decide between singing acapella in the shower or bringing your technology into the bathroom where it could get damaged. The speaker fits into the showerhead itself but will not get any water damage, and it easily pops out to be charged or just used as a Bluetooth speaker completely independent of the showerhead. You can buy this model on Amazon for around $120, or you can pay more for a version that works with Amazon’s Alexa and other voice assistants.
LG launched their ThinQ line of smart appliances in 2017 and they continue to add more products all the time. You can already purchase LG ThinQ refrigerators and vacuum cleaners, but CES 2020 revealed a more unique and exciting product on the horizon. The release date and pricing remain a mystery, but the details we do know are exciting enough without that context. Smart locks for your front door are still great and worth the money—we even mention a smart lock on this list—but LG takes the idea further with the ThinQ Smart Door. The security features are impressive and include palm and face scanning in lieu of a standard key. Additionally, there is a built in solution for package theft that can be controlled remotely.
While the smart door mentioned above may eventually replace smart locks, it isn’t available yet and it will likely be extremely pricey; smart locks are still the way to go for most people today. Typically the most important part of building a smart home is having really good wireless Internet access. This is still generally true, but in the case of Igloohome’s new line of smart locks, you don’t need a connection at all. Instead of Wi-Fi, these smart locks use something called “algoPIN technology,” which works by giving users a time-sensitive pin code on the Igloohome app, which will then work with the lock. Your phone doesn’t need to be near the lock to function, and you can use it to do things like give your dog sitter a one-time password to your home while you’re away. They offer a padlock (the hyperlink above is for this model), a slightly more expensive keybox option, or the strongest but priciest version: the deadbolt. They are all currently available; so don’t worry about waiting for a release date.
Similar in appearance to a tablet, Dabby is “the world’s first smart streaming device.” You connect Dabby to your TV via dongle and it will use an AI-powered search engine to make your entertainment dreams come true. By that, we mean Dabby keeps track of all the different streaming services you pay for as well as ones you may like. Search for a movie title with Dabby and it will pull up all the services that have the movie, displaying the services you already pay for first. Since it knows what services you use, it keeps tabs on them and can show you things like how much you pay for each and how much you actually use them. The link above will direct you to the page where you can pre-order your own Dabby. It costs $400 and will start shipping in the U.S. in March.
5. Samsung Sero
CES is nothing if not innovative and flashy, so it seems only appropriate that we include a product that is unique and interesting but unlikely to become ubiquitous on our list. Enter Samsung’s newest TV, the Sero. Acutely aware that smartphones play a bigger role in our lives now than ever before, Samsung created Sero with that thought in mind. The TV is 47 inches and connects to all smartphones, but it caters to Android users. If your smartphone is an Android, you can connect to the Sero which will physically rotate 90 degrees to portrait mode. This means you don’t have to watch things like TikTok videos in landscape with black bars on the sides. Conceptually the Sero impresses because who wouldn’t want the proper perspective when viewing their favorite content? Beyond the concept, we think it may need some work. When it becomes available in the US and UK later this year, it will cost much more than the average TV, and the only special thing about it is the ability to rotate. Samsung representatives at CES struggled to answer questions about durability, which is important when the physical motion of the TV is the main selling point. Who wants to spend over a grand to have their flashy TV stop rotating a year later?
Whether you are looking for smart home tech for security, entertainment, or help around the house, CES 2020 delivered. Perhaps the only thing more exciting than discovering all these new concepts and devices is trying to imagine what next year’s CES will bring.
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