The annual Consumer Electronics Show is a time for companies to show off their latest and greatest technology, and the 2016 show certainly didn’t disappoint. Products ranged from “rollable” video displays and passenger drones to smart fridges — and everything in between.
One trend that has remained hot over the years is the idea of the “connected home”. People are relying on technology more than ever to control almost everything in their homes, including the heating and cooling, lights, and even their cooking gadgets.
Here’s a snapshot of some of this year’s standout products:
The Keen Home Smart Vent was designed to increase comfort and reduce energy costs by regulating your home’s temperature room-by-room. The vents connect to the Internet, and to each other, and are controlled by a mobile app.
Have you ever heard of SmartyPans? The self-proclaimed “fitbit for food” documents your recipe as you cook, tracks your nutrition, integrates with fitness apps and devices, allows you to share recipes and can also teach you how to cook.
Delta Leak Detector connects to your home’s Wi-Fi and detects a leak in your home, allowing you to respond before it becomes a bigger issue. A detector placed under or near each of your water source will send alerts to your smartphone upon detection of water.
Did you know you can monitor your lawn too? With the Edyn Garden Sensor, you can know what’s happening in real time through an app that tracks light, humidity, temperature, soil nutrition and moisture. The data is then cross-referenced to a plant database that will track how much nutrients your plants need.
New products like the Roost battery, connects to your home’s fire alarms and will alert you when the batteries are low or when the alarm is sounding. It will even send emergency alerts to friends and family, and gives you the ability to “snooze” a false alarm straight from your smartphone.
While these products might run the gamut, they all have at least one thing in common: Wi-Fi connectivity. Having a dependable broadband connection such as Xfinity Wi-Fi by Comcast is crucial for any homeowner looking to bring their home into the modern, connected age.
For homeowners who are looking to protect their homes, check out Xfinity Home. The security system offers cameras, locks, thermostats, and sensors that can all be controlled from a smartphone or TV. The extra security will give you peace of mind by protecting the people, and new gadgets, inside.