The most important announcements for smart home devices at CES 22
the CES 22 was filled with many new tech announcements, and smart home tech got the lion’s share of those announcements. Many companies have announced new products and technologies that help expand the use of smart home devices of all kinds. So what important announcements for smart home devices?
It seems that smart home devices are finally starting to evolve by developing ways of communication between different devices to work together more easily.
This means smart home devices are starting to focus on sharing information with each other rather than just one job. Thus all the devices come to work together to complement each other. For example, when the smart vacuum finishes picking up food crumbs, it heads to the smart trash can, which disposes of its charge.*
According to Mitchell Klein of the Z-Wave Consortium, we are now in the connected home phase, not the smart home, but five years later we have the first conscious smart home.
The new development of smart home devices relies heavily on the Matter standard which facilitates communication between various smart devices. Many companies have started paying attention to the new standard and integrating it significantly into their devices.
Smart lights and security cameras in the smart home
Smart bulbs are one of the first smart home devices to emerge from companies, along with home security cameras.
The CES 22 conference showcased a wide range of smart lights and security cameras, led by the Eve outdoor camera which comes with a rain light. The camera is compatible with Apple’s Homekit smart home system and will be released in April 2022.
Sync has also launched a range of light bulbs and smart plugs at various price points. In addition to an intelligent temperature sensor with more than one room sensor and an external surveillance camera.
Prices for smart bulbs start at $12 per bulb and are released in March, while the Outdoor Camera is released in February for $100.
The thermometer costs $120 with a set of room sensors, which costs $30 per room. It will go on sale in January.
TP-Link has also announced a new range of its smart devices under its Tapo brand. It includes a set of smart bulbs that work with Apple Homekit and a set of smart plugs and switches.
Tapo devices are coming out this year, along with a new cloud camera that can record directly to MicroSD cards without the need to download recordings.
Smart security company Abode has announced a new camera-equipped wireless door bridge along with a set of new smart lights.
These devices do not need to be connected to Adobe’s home network. But you can contact them if you have an Adobe security hub.
The smart door part works via a built-in battery that works for up to 6 months connected and connects via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth to Alexa or Google devices, and it is equipped with a camera capable of recording 2K video with the possibility to identify people and a viewing angle of up to 160 degrees.
The new Abode smart bell comes with an extra piece that acts as an internet hub to extend wireless internet range, but you need a subscription to Abode services to be able to record a video and come back to it later.
Sengled also revealed a set of smart bulbs capable of monitoring sleep cycles, as well as a set of important vital signs.
Smarter security devices
Many companies have started taking care of smart home security by offering various security solutions. Arlo has unveiled its new security system.
The new security system operates through a central security hub which is connected to an array of external sensors and contains a keypad for entering passwords and silencing the alarm.
You can also deactivate its alarm via your phone and use NFC technology there. The company says it will be available for sale in the first half of the year.
And Bosch has launched a new safety hub that also acts as an air quality consultant around it. It also has a motion detector to alert the user when entering the house.
The hub works via a wireless internet connection or eSIM. It is suitable for those who like to move a lot.
The Ring company has added a sensor to pick up the sound of breaking glass in its new security devices, and the sensor can pick up the sound from a distance of about 7 meters.
More support for the Matter standard for smart home devices
Many companies have recently started taking an interest in the Matter standard for smart home devices and its Thread connection that ties devices together.
Eve unveiled its first Thread-based smart blinds. It is compatible with Apple’s voice assistant and HomeKit technology.
Schlage, known for developing smart locks, also announced that it is launching the first smart lock that supports the standard. It also works with the Apple smart key for locks.
Nanoleaf, which is responsible for developing smart bulbs in different colors and designs, said all of its devices act as hubs for the Thread network.
This means you can use it to set up your network and connect it to any HomePod or Apple homekit compatible device.
Finally, Aqara has launched a new line of smart door and window sensors that work with Thread technology. The sensors also work with Apple’s HomeKit technology, Alexa and Google’s smart home. He also said he intends to update all of his devices to work with the new Matter standard.
Smart appliances for the kitchen and bathroom
Smart kitchen appliances are still one of the most important aspects of a smart home, and that’s why a lot of new technologies related to them emerged at CES 22.
These new announcements include Kohler’s Perfect Tub Fill technology that helps you adjust the water temperature and fill the tub with voice command.
This technology was previously announced at CES 2019, and the technology works on a range of smart devices installed in the bathroom and is priced at $2,600.
Moen has also launched a smart water faucet that works directly through voice commands, and you can use Google Assistant or Alexa with it.
The company also said the smart faucet works with the rest of its smart water systems to deliver the full experience of a fully smart water system.
And the Samsung Family Hub smart fridge has a new design and a new frameless 21.5-inch screen size. And became able to know the products inside and notify users.
Whirlpool has released a new update for smart oven devices to perform the functions of a smart air fryer, and this update only affects certain smart ovens.