CES is the biggest consumer technology show that gathers tech companies from all around the world in Las Vegas, every January, to show off their latest efforts. So what’s there to look for in 2018 when it comes to smart home hubs & gateways?
The smart home sphere is still pretty far from using a single smart-home standard. With every new gadget in our home we’ve got to choose between Bluetooth LE, Wi-Fi, Z-Wave, Zigbee, etc. So, it looks like smart home hubs are not going anywhere — they play an integral part in smart home building.
Though, there’s still a room for improvement. Let’s check what 2018’s got to offer!
WeMo HomeKit Bridge by Belkin
Are you using WeMo products? Then we have good news for you — the WeMo HomeKit Bridge. It’s finally up for sale after the company announcement at CES 2018. The bridge connects all compatible WeMo gadgets and syncs them all up with Apple HomeKit. So now you can control your WeMo devices by asking Siri or by using the Apple Home app. What a great alternative to the untimely buggy WeMo app.
Even though the smart home floor at CES was thoroughly wrapped around home security and wellness products, there are still a few smart home thermostats that were introduced for 2018.
The new thermostats come with dashing design solutions and remarkable voice control options. Is that enough to move Nest, ecobee, and Honeywell from the top of the mountain? Maybe not, however let’s take a closer look at the new thermostats to see what they have to offer.
Alarm.com Smart Thermostat
Alarm.com announced a new thermostat that can help you maintain a healthy home environment. Besides energy-saving capabilities, the thermostat can detect if there’s something wrong with your HVAC system and notify you at the first sign of trouble.
How will it know about potential threads? The thermostat uses remote sensors to read the temperature and humidity levels. This way it’ll distribute the heat/cold evenly between the rooms while also alerting you about above-average humidity levels that could cause mold. It’ll also notify you about dangerously low winter temperatures that can often lead to frozen and burst water pipes.
The thermostat is sold as part of the Alarm.com smart home package of products, so it’ll use all the security sensors around the home to respond to different activities and conditions.
After three days of wandering the Vegas desert, we’ve come back from CES with an idea of what’s cool in the smart home sphere.
The smart home camera market grows big with new, advanced solutions for smart home security. So, what’s trending in 2018? Simple motion detection is getting an upgrade to advanced human detection and facial recognition — cameras use AI to identify a person (Butterfleye) and even alert you when something doesn’t look or sound right (Cocoon).
New ecosystems are built to include sensors, sirens, smart locks, and doorbells to accompany smart cameras and create a unified security system.
It’s a turn from a wide-open platform where you can mix devices from different brands to a single vendor ecosystem with just a few exclusive partners to join in. These closed ecosystems potentially expose less vulnerabilities when it comes to security, though they also limit your choice to one particular product line.