Nearly two years of home isolation might have you mulling ways to increase the comfort and convenience of your abode, and taking a look at the latest crop of smart home devices announced at CES is a good place to start.
This year, vendors showed off connected gadgets for every room of the home, from Alexa-equipped refrigerators and smart bathtubs to self-cleaning robot mops and air-purifying mattresses. The focus on smart home technologies at CES 2022 is fitting; many of the top vendors scrapped in-person plans due to the ongoing Omicron surge, so most people and presenters experienced the event from the comfort and safety of their homes.
In no particular order, we’ve rounded up the most compelling smart home gadgets we saw at this year’s show. Most of them aren’t available yet, but even prototypes offer a peek at a more connected future.
Your mattress may soon be able to help you breathe a little easier. The new Coway Smart Care Air Mattress features a built-in air purifier, humidifier, aroma dispenser, and self-dimming lights to set the mood for a good night’s rest. When you hop into bed, it emits relaxing scents as its lights slowly dim to ease you into slumber. While you sleep, the mattress distributes clean air from all four sides, so you don’t wake up with a stuffy nose. It can also detect your body pressure and position to automatically adjust the firmness level, helping you drift off at night and wake up in the morning. The Smart Care Air Mattress might arrive in the US this year for $5,000.
GE Lighting’s Cync brand is expanding its product lineup beyond smart lights. At this year’s show, the company introduced a smart thermostat, a room temperature sensor, and a line of outdoor security cameras. The Cync Smart Thermostat, slated to launch this month, is affordable at just $119.99 and doesn’t require a common wire or separate hub. You can simply use the Cync mobile app to control the thermostat and pair a $29.99 Temperature Sensor with it to ensure that individual rooms stay at a set temperature.
The Cync Outdoor Smart Camera boasts 2K/1,280P HD video, night vision, a digital swivel head, and supports cloud and local storage. The outdoor camera is set for a February launch and will be available in both wired and battery/solar-powered options, starting at $99.99 and $129.99, respectively.
The Echelon EX-8S Connect smart stationary bike boasts two eye-catching features that set it apart from the competition: a curved screen and LED accent lighting. The 24-inch curved 1080p touch screen features surround sound and promises a more immersive audiovisual experience than its flat counterparts, virtually transporting you to the front row of one of Echelon’s new Pitbull-themed classes. Its LED flywheel light ring can even change colors based on your heart rate zone or output rating to help you stay motivated. The bike costs $2,399.98 and comes with a one-year Echelon United membership, making the EX-8S Connect more affordable than the Peloton Bike+. You can preorder the bike now, with shipping slated for mid-January. Stay tuned for our full review soon.
The worst thing about taking a bath is waiting for it to fill up while monitoring the water temperature. With the $2,700 Kohler PerfectFill smart drain and bath filler, all you need to do is utter the words “Alexa, start my bath.” With a simple voice command or a few taps in the Kohler Konnect app, the PerfectFill can automatically draw the bath to your preferred temperature and depth, with support for up to 10 users profiles. Kohler anticipates the PerfectFill will go on sale in May.
Worried you’re wasting water or laundry detergent when you wash your clothes? LG’s new FX washer and dryer take the guesswork out of laundry day. The washer uses LG’s Artificial Intelligence Direct Drive (AI DD) technology to sense load size, fabric type, and soil level, then automatically adds the appropriate amount of detergent and adjusts the wash cycle. Using LG’s Smart Pairing feature, the washer then sends information to the dryer and recommends an appropriate drying cycle. The dryer also uses AI to learn your preferences, offers custom drying options, and features an infrared sensor to ensure even drying. The washer is set to launch in September for $1,599. The dryer is set to launch at the same time, in electric ($1,599) and gas ($1,699) models.
You’ve heard of smart locks and video doorbells, but the next big thing in entryway technology might just be smart doors. The Masonite M-Pwr Smart Door features motion-sensing LED lights, a Ring video doorbell, and a Yale Home smart lock and door state sensor—all built right into the door. It connects to your home’s electrical system and Wi-Fi network, and features an emergency backup battery that keeps the system running for up to 24 hours in the event of a power outage. Masonite offers this fiberglass door technology in a range of styles, colors, and finishes. Right now, the doors are available only in new homes from Barringer Homes in Charlotte, NC, but Masonite expects to announce additional builder partners this year. The company says that contracted builders will determine the cost of the doors.
The $1,399.99 Roborock S7 MaxV Ultra (slated to go on sale in the second quarter of the year) might induce sticker shock, but it boasts some impressive capabilities. For instance, in addition to vacuuming and emptying its own dustbin, it can mop, wash its own mopping cloth, and automatically refill its water tank. With strong suction power and other premium features such as AI-powered obstacle avoidance, a camera for remote home monitoring, and Roborock’s unique mop-lifting feature first introduced on the S7+ that automatically prevents your carpet from getting wet, the S7 MaxV Ultra looks to be one of the most advanced floor-cleaning robots we’ve seen.
Stainless steel smart refrigerators are so last year. At CES, Samsung announced plans to bring its Family Hub technology to its Bespoke refrigerator line. That means you will soon be able to buy a navy blue, emerald green, or sunrise yellow french door refrigerator with smart features such as the ability to stream media or interact with Amazon Alexa. Samsung offers its Bespoke refrigerators in thousands of color combinations to match every kitchen. The company hasn’t yet announced pricing or availability details for the Bespoke Family Hub, however.
With thousands of devices now in the SmartThings ecosystem, Samsung wants to make it easier to manage and control them from one place. The Samsung Home Hub is an 8.4-inch tablet that you can place on a dock or move throughout your home; it lets you control compatible devices with a few taps or with your voice via Bixby. Samsung says the tablet will work with every SmartThings-compatible product at launch. We don’t know how much the Home Hub will cost yet, but it will debut in Korea this March before launching globally.
Any smart bathroom scale worth its weight can assess your body composition and track your results in an app. The Withings Body Scan smart scale goes a step further—it features a retractable handle with stainless steel electrodes that can assess your heart rhythm and detect atrial fibrillation using a six-lead electrocardiogram (ECG). It also tracks sweat gland activity in your feet to assess your small nerve activity. Developed by doctors specializing in cardiovascular, neurological, and metabolic conditions, the Body Scan can offer personalized health plans in its companion app to help you meet your goals. We don’t know how much the scale will cost yet, but Withings expects it to launch in the second half of the year.
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