Simple Domotics at CES 2021 - Part 2
Simple Domotics at CES 2021 - Part 2
In the second part of our CES 2021 coverage we continue to recap news on the latest automation for your home.
We would like to start with the kitchen - the heart of your house. Kitchen is arguably the most used room in your home, and packs a lot of technology, as any kitchen in a smart home should. Let’s look at smart refrigerators - the biggest single device in your kitchen. There were many of those at CES this year. Traditionally, Samsung has been at the forefront of innovation, and this year, they showcased their latest advancements in food storage technology.
Samsung’s smart fridge with a Family Hub feature comes with a variety of features. Available in 4 different styles, it boasts a built-in 22 inch touchscreen, with updated software, and lets you manage everything from meals to your photos. The customizable Family Hub features everything imaginable from audio streaming services and internet connectivity to grocery lists and online shopping. Add to this integration with other smart home systems, and you have a smart home control centre. It even has an inside camera to keep an eye on those leftovers or homemade sourdough yeast.
Smart fridge sounds good, but how about them robots? Is it possible to automate washing dishes beyond the dishwasher? How about a robot that loads and empties the dishwasher for you? There is one: Samsung’s Bot Handy is just what you need. It is able to pour wine or bring beer from the fridge. Using built in sensors it is able to analyze objects and handle them with the appropriate amount of force. In addition to Bot Handy, an updated version of companion robot Bot Care was also presented. Are those futuristic machines available for curbside pick up? Not just yet. For now, they are prototypes, but technology is moving fast, so who knows, maybe in a couple of years from now they will make it to our homes.
To wrap up our coverage of the tech giant’s announcements we would like to mention that a new version of Samsung’s The Frame TV was also announced. It is slimmer than the previous version, with a customizable frame and optional beveled bezel. With brilliant picture quality it is our preferred choice of a smart TV.
Every great picture deserves a great sound. This year Denon announced a new soundbar with Dolby Atmos and HEOS support - Home Sound Bar 550. It is small, but produces immersive 3D sound. Voice assistant integration streamlines the operation, however, the built-in microphone will be enabled only later this year via firmware update. The soundbar can be used by itself or be paired with multiple Denon HEOS wireless speakers including a subwoofer to assemble a perfect home theatre surround sound system with no wiring required!
Smart home should be for all of its inhabitants including pets. myQ pet door is an example of such smart home technology. It is a winner of this year's CES Innovation award. Always wanted a smart doggy door? myQ Pet Portal gives your pets freedom to come and go as they please, if they are allowed of course. The portal is built into your door, equipped with a Bluetooth reader and a camera, it provides daily reports and alerts on the door’s usage. You can monitor alerts through your phone and control when your pet is allowed in and out. A Bluetooth collar sensor allows only your dog to activate the portal. It is a great product to make your smart home pet friendly. The price tag is a little on the steep side starting at USD 3,699, because it requires replacement of the entire entry door.
This year’s CES was different, due to it being a virtual experience, but the future of smart home technology looks bright. With many new developments, life at home will become more enjoyable and stress free.
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