The smart camera, once thought of as a single-function technology that lets homeowners monitor their property remotely via app, is finding promising new applications. Vivint's Ping Camera is designed to initiate two-way videochats with one touch, a feature they predict will be embraced by working parents who want to quickly contact their kids who are too young for cell phones. "It is to FaceTime, what text is to email," says Vivint chief marketing officer Jefferson Lyman.
Tech enthusiasts will recognize August Smart Lock as the DIY security device that allows homeowners to create virtual keys for guests to come and go. Design seekers will notice the second-generation lock, soon to ship, has a more tactile, intuitive form profile that resembles a traditional knob. The latest model is also Apple Homekit enabled.
Plenty of CES attention was devoted to LG's new "ultra premium" appliance line, Signature, but the company also unveiled an upgrade to Styler, a wardrobe-like, steam-based clothes management system that removes oder and wrinkles without using harmful chemicals. The new, larger model can clean six garments in as little as 20 minutes.
We've had our eye on Notion for some time, so we were pleased to learn that the wireless home monitoring system is finally shipping. The starter kit includes a central hub and three small, circular sensors that communicate with each other via WiFi to monitor threats like water damage and burglary.
For their full court "Simply.Connected." push, Bosch brought to CES a holistic smart home system that can be governed centrally via a single platform and smart controller. Lighting, shades, smoke alarms, windows, and other features work in concert to deliver efficiency, convenience, and security.
Let it be known that iDevices takes the expression "as easy as screwing in a light bulb" seriously. Launching early this year, Socket empowers users to dim any standard bulb via app. Installation is as straightforward as lefty loosey, righty tighty.
Samsung shoots to reshape our relationship to the kitchen and eliminate last-minute grocery errands with its ambitious Family Hub Refrigerator. Boasting a 21.5 inch touchscreen, the four-door fridge can stream music, call up recipes, and even order groceries to your door. Built-in cameras let you look inside the fridge from your phone to see what's running low. Samsung expects the fridge will arrive on the market this spring with a price tag of $5,000.
Perfect for urbanists with green thumbs, Opcom's modular hydroponic farm comes equipped with sensors and a panoramic camera for tracking temperature, humidity, and water quality. Users can tinker with these variables from their smartphone or tablet.
As rich as the tech landscape is today, CES has always been about the innovation that lies ahead, just outside our grasp. That's why Whirlpool set up a high-concept vision for the connected kitchen of tomorrow, including a scanner that swipes groceries and displays their health information on a backsplash, and an in-sink dishwasher for small loads. While Whirlpool has no plans to bring these appliances to market yet, their day might not be far off: the prototypes at CES were all working.