Smart home innovations were a big part of CES 2022. Virtually every room in the home is getting smart—including the bathroom. Advancements in smart security and smart lighting demonstrated new solutions and integration in the home. One thing is for certain. The smart home is here to stay and will only get bigger.
With that in mind, let’s look at some noteworthy smart home products announced at CES 2022.
Smart home security
One product that received a lot of attention is the eufy Security Video Doorbell Dual. Unlike most doorbell cameras that have a single camera, this one has two. Therefore, it can track people and packages at the same time. AI is built-in with a Family Recognition feature to reduce unwanted alerts. It detects people between other types of motion to minimize false detection and unwanted alerts. This is the perfect doorbell camera for families that do a lot of online shopping.
Arlo received a CES 2022 Innovation Award honoree for its new Arlo Security System. This DIY security monitoring system has multi-sensors that can recognize motion, windows/doors, water leaks, and more. These sensors work alongside a “modular hub” that acts as a central controller. Naturally, this system integrates with existing Arlo security cameras. Therefore, it will be ideal for DIY-inclined Arlo users who want to beef up their home security.
TP-Link is also getting into smart home security with their new brand Tapo. They announced four smart cameras, two security sensors, and a smart home security hub. The new Tapo C220 Pan and Tilt Camera have built-in AI for person detection, vehicle detection, pet detection, and more. The Tapo Outdoor Security Camera is battery-powered with 2K QHD resolution. Everything connects to the Tapo H100 Smart IoT Hub where users can set triggers for events and manage the system.
Sengled surprised a lot of people with their product announcements at CES 2022. The new Sengled Smart Health Monitoring Light Bulb has built-in radar technology to track sleep, heart rate, body temperature, and more. The bulbs can work alone or with multiple bulbs placed around a home. This creates a virtual map that detects human behavior and determines if someone has fallen and sends for help. Best of all, it has a Wi-Fi Bluetooth Mesh dual-chip, so no hub is required
Sengled also announced a new Wi-Fi Video Sync TV Light Strips. These lights extend what your TV is showing to the wall behind it. This creates an engaging and immersive effect to the entertainment experience. Best of all, the lights react to any content, regardless of the source input. It could be a gaming console, cable TV box, or streaming stick.
The new Twinkly Dots string lights will appeal to gamers looking for mood lighting solutions. It supports gaming PCs via Razer and Chroma and HP Omen Light Studio. The lights react to gameplay and users can program animations with the accompanying software. The lights are linkable and there will be 33 and 66-foot versions available. Since they are IP44, they can be used indoors or outdoors in small or large installations. The wiring will come in black and white.
GE Lighting’s smart lighting brand called Cync announced 11 new smart bulbs. These include decorative filament-style bulbs in various shapes and sizes including candelabra, globe, and general-purpose bulbs. They will be offered in both white and full colour options and connect via Wi-Fi. Through the Cync app, users can unlock a host of features including voice control, scheduling scenes, and more.
Our bathrooms are about to get smart. Kohler’s PerfectFill is a drain kit and digital valve that work in sync to draw the bath to your preferred temperature and depth. Bath time can now be controlled by the Kohler Konnect app, with the option of programming up to 10 different bath times.
You can even fill up a bathtub via voice command. This feature will certainly appeal to parents. While cooking in the kitchen you can ask your smart speaker to fill up the bathtub. Draining the tub can also be done via voice command.
Moen released their new Smart Faucet with Motion Control. This is a handle-free faucet that operates with motion. With gestures, users can control temperature and flow. Since this might take time to learn, they also offer a handle version.
By using swipe and push motions in front of the sensor, users can select cool, warm, or hot water. Users can set the default temperatures and customize gestures in the Moen Smart Water app.
Moen announced Smart Faucet integration with its new Smart Water Network. This is a residential, app-controlled water ecosystem centered around Moen Flo Smart Water Monitor and Shutoff. The Smart Water Monitor installs on a home’s main water supply line. It monitors water flow, pressure, and temperature. Best of all, it will notify you of leaks, pipe bursts, and other water issues. The system has a built-in freeze protection feature. When it detects low temperatures or high pressure that could cause a pipe to burst, it will automatically shut the water off.
Smart scales are getting smarter
Withings announced the Body Scan smart scale can do more than just measure your weight. It can also record an electrocardiogram (ECG), analyze your nerve activity, and estimate your body composition. It has retractable handles above the display for the ECG and body composition measurements. The results can be shared with your doctor from the Withings app.
The Body Scan also tracks the sweat gland activity in your feet. It takes 30 seconds to record this data and the Whitings app helps you understand your nerve activity. For body composition, the scale measures body fat, water, visceral fat, muscle, and boss mass. The app will now provide readings for individual body parts. This included the torso, arms, and legs.
Smart homes are here to stay
If CES 2022 has taught us anything, it’s that everything is getting smart in the home. If you’re interested in smart home products, be sure to visit the Best Buy Blog to keep up-to-date.
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