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Best Smart Home Gadgets for 2019
In our last article about the upcoming tech for 2019, we mentioned IoT and AI with special attention for the smart home gadgets. As promised before, we will explain you a little bit more about smart home gadgets and show you some of the best gadgets that were launched during CES – an event dedicated to consumer technologies that happened last January in Las Vegas.
Smart Home Technology
Smart Home Technology is the technology that allows the communication between with the objects at our home. One of the main goals of smart homes is to help us to save time by simplifying our daily tasks. Basically, this is possible thanks to IoT, the main component of home automation and smart homes.
With the support of the Internet, home automation allows us to control items around our place like the lights, the oven, security cameras, you name it. When we have all these facilities installed, we can start calling it a smart home. With just a remote control, our mobile phone, for instance, can remotely control all these smart gadgets.
A huge variety of smart home gadgets was launched during CES. Check some of the main examples below and see how this technology can improve your daily life:
1. Lenovo Smart Clock
Lenovo Smart Clock is the result of the union between Lenovo and Google Assistant.
Developed to stay in your bedroom, this smart clock helps you to get a better wake up according to your routine: control your home lights, play your favorite playlist, check your schedule for the day, play podcasts, there are infinite possibilities. Like other Google Assistant devices, you can control the clock through your voice. It will be available in 2019 spring and will cost $80.
2. LG Oled TV R
Lg launched a new TV which, when its turn on, the door slides back and the screen slowly rises out of the box, unrolling and achieving its full height in seconds. There is also the option of leaving the TV partially extended to display moving ambient designs, photo galleries or just the weather and time. When playing music, the TV can be rolled back up and you can control the tracks via Bluetooth.
The TV runs the webOS 4.5 smart portals. It’s also compatible with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa and has support for Apple AirPlay 2 and HomeKit. The addition of AirPlay 2 lets you send video and audio from iTunes and other music and video apps via Apple devices, as well as music and video stored on iPhones, iPads, Macs, and PCs running iTunes.
3. Netatmo’s Smart Video Doorbell
Netatmo’s won a special attention during the event thanks to the launch of the first doorbell compatible with Apple HomeKit. Netatmo’s Smart Video Doorbell allows you to know who is in your front door using your mobile phone, with a 1080p Full HD camera with a 160-degree wide angle lens and HDR functions that adjust to sudden changes in light.
One of the differences from its competitors is the ability to set limit zones and receive a notification if someone breaks a limit. It also detects and sends notifications if someone tries to break or deactivate Netatmo.
Another curious feature is the fact that Smart Video Doorbell includes video storage, videos of calls received will be saved on an internal micro-Sd card. Netatmo’s security app is available on devices running iOS 10 and above, or Android 5.0 and above.
4. Temi Robot
Temi is a wheeled robot with 10.1-inch Android tablet on its head that is used to display information and run apps like Google, Reddit, YouTube, CNN, Yelp, Deezer, and Uber. It will be the first robot device to feature Alexa.
“The collaboration with Amazon is a major step up for Temi — the Alexa Smart Screen and TV Device SDK will enrich Temi with numerous skills, the world’s best natural language processing engine and more, which will take Temi to a new level of interactivity, usability, and familiarity,” said Yossi Wolf, CEO of Robotemi.
Temi has already been produced and will start being delivered in March with an average price of $1,900.
4. Arlo Ultra
Arlo Ultra is one of the best security systems, it detects windows and doors opening or closing, motion, water leaks, temperature changes and smoke. As soon as something changes at your place, you will be notified in the Arlo app.
This wire-free device has an ultra-security camera, which is capable of color night vision and supports a 180-degree panoramic field of view. It also supports two-way audio and, it also includes the Arlo Siren, a system that can be placed outdoor to frighten intruders with a red strobe light and blaring alarm.
“As the most advanced DIY monitoring solution we’ve ever launched, Arlo Ultra raises the bar for smart home surveillance. We’re excited to provide home, property and small business owners with a convenient system that not only delivers unmatched 4K HDR image quality, A.I., and computer vision capabilities, but also enables streamlined smart home control,” Pat Collins, senior vice president of Arlo products, said in a statement.
5. Ikea Fyrtur
Ikea is starting to make the first steps in the smart-home products. In 2017 the company launched a full line of connected lightings products and, this time, a motorized smart blind.
The smart blind is made of a “block-out” fabric, an opaque finish that will completely stop sunlight. The blinds use a lithium-ion battery pack that can be recharged with a USB power brick, which is included in the box. According to Ikea, you’ll be able to control the blinds independently or as a group. You’ll just need the included wireless remote or any phone or tablet that supports Apple HomeKit, Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, or Ikea’s own Tradfri app.
6. Atmos Control Smart Home
Atmos Control is a touch panel to have quick access to users’ most used home products. The AtmosControl “smart home hub” is like a universal remote with a simplified display: uses simple icons for lights, temperature, locks, security cameras and music.
When you tap into each area, you can adjust settings with touch-based controls based on their functions. The areas even group together products from different vendors. There are sliders to adjust the lights, virtual buttons for the locks and playlists for music.
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