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January 6, 2015
We hit the show floor of the 2015 International CES to see first-hand the home appliances and electronics lauded by the Innovation Awards and selected five favorites for various spaces in your abode: living, media, and kids' rooms; laundry; kitchens; and more.
sleep iq smart bed ces 2015

SleepiQ Smart Bed by Sleep Number 

In a perfect world, bedtime for kids means junior falls asleep before you reach the end of Goodnight Moon. If reality is more of a pain, getting the right bed might alleviate some of the stress of getting a full 10 or so hours (the recommended amount for nightly sleep for children). Sleep Number developed a smart bed that tracks the quality of a night's slumber, features lights that shine down on the floor to unobtrusively illuminate midnight trips to the bathroom, and there's also a "Monster Detector" for those afraid of what goes bump in the might. Expected retail is $1,000.

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samsung induction cooktop ces 2015

Slide-In Induction Chef Collection Range with Flex Duo™ Oven 

Induction cooking is gaining interest in the United States (it still trails gas and electric stoves, though) and Samsung introduced a new range as part of its Club des Chefs collection—an appliance line developed in tandem with Michelin-starred chefs around the world. This range is designed to offer the look of pricier built-ins but with easier installation and an easier sum for the pocket book (retail is $3,699). The glass cooking surface extends slightly from the edge of the range for a snug fit with adjacent countertops and the control panel is in the front, allowing for a the back of the appliance to sit flush with the backsplash. In a move that makes induction a little less "foreign" to consumers, this model also features LED lights on each of the cooking zones to illuminate the base of pots, much like a gas flame looks. The stronger the cooking power, the brighter the flame. Yes, there's a lot of show in this product, but there's ample utility, too: the flex-duo oven allows users to divide the cavity into two separate temperature zones if so desired.

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whirlpool hybrid care

Whirlpool® HybridCare™ Clothes Dryer with Hybrid Heat Pump Technology 

Energy Star Certified, the dryer uses "true ventless" heat pump dryer technology and can be installed anywhere in a home. The system dries and recycles the hot, moist air produced during a typical cycle, instead of venting hot air outside. It's about 70 percent more efficient that pre-2004 dryers. Smart indeed. Starts at $1,799.

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haiku smart fan ces 2015

Haiku Ceiling Fan with SenseMe by Big Ass Fans

The fan is now compatible with the smart home darling Nest's thermostat. The devices communicate to offer the optimal cooling level for energy consumed. From $1,045.

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beovision avant 75 ces 2015

BeoVision Avant 75" by Bang & Olufsen 

At CES, there was no shortage of big news about the small screen. Sony released an ultra-thin 4K model (a smartphone is actually thicker than its .25-inch silhouette), technology mastermind Yves Behar created a curved screen for Samsung, and there was even a bendable option. We tend to lean toward the practical, covetable, and design-conscious tech options and B&O just added a 75-inch model to its family of ultra high-definition 4K televisions. The amount of 4K content available isn't too ample yet, but there's more and more available, even from streaming services like Netflix which is adding devices to its compatibility list (B&O isn't listed…yet). But the TV is perched on a handsome stand— which is actually a subwoofer—and the screen is on a programmable mechanism to allow you to rotate it with the touch of a button (you can also create presets so it remembers your preferences). B&O designed the BeoVision Avant with modern, open-plan spaces in mind: it's unobtrusive when not in use (just call your own personal Ad Reinhardt) and flexible when it needs to be. This'll set you back about $17,000.

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sleep iq smart bed ces 2015

SleepiQ Smart Bed by Sleep Number 

In a perfect world, bedtime for kids means junior falls asleep before you reach the end of Goodnight Moon. If reality is more of a pain, getting the right bed might alleviate some of the stress of getting a full 10 or so hours (the recommended amount for nightly sleep for children). Sleep Number developed a smart bed that tracks the quality of a night's slumber, features lights that shine down on the floor to unobtrusively illuminate midnight trips to the bathroom, and there's also a "Monster Detector" for those afraid of what goes bump in the might. Expected retail is $1,000.

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