Most of us are getting pretty comfortable with the recent influx of technology in our daily lives. We sleep with our smartphones inches from our heads, have cappuccino makers with buttons that rival air traffic control panels, and literally have an app for everything. With all of this tech whirling in and out of our lives, it’s easy to miss some of the coolest new modern gadgets for the home. Well no worries, friends, because we’ve rounded up the high fliers from this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES), as well as a few older innovations gaining traction in the market. Take a look at these impressive modern attempts at transforming your home with the press of a button (or five).
Camelot Touchscreen Deadbolt
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“Integrated home security is nearly ubiquitous within the luxury real estate market. However, not all homes might lend themselves to all modern security systems – Historic estates are rarely ideal candidates for extensive rewiring and may require less intrusive systems.
Enter Schlage’s new touchscreen deadbolt. Providing a touchscreen for a four-digit lock and unlock code, the Camelot can be integrated with existing third-party wireless hubs. It also has an integrated alarm system that can provide a local sound and also alert the homeowner via smartphone notifications with multiple levels of customization: eg., one alert if someone fails to enter the passcode 3 times, another if the lock itself senses movement.
A simple yet powerful integration of modern connectivity with long-standing homeowner needs.” (Via Sotheby’s International Realty Blog)
Schlage Camelot Touchscreen Deadbolt with Alarm, consumer.schlage.com
Photo / Sony.com
“While 4K HDTVs have seen a big push from major manufactures for 2 CESs running, there were some fringe TV technologies, also developed by two of the big producers, that offer a glimpse into what the future of home entertainment might bring.
Sharp’s 8K glasses-free 3D TV is almost absurdly ahead of it’s time. Clearly only at the prototype stage, the TV has a resolution 4-times that of 4K (which in itself is 4-times that of current 1080p HDTVs) and allows for 3D viewing without the use of any glasses. However, the viewable angles for the 3D itself is so limited and the depth of the 3D so constrained, that consumer applications are still far ahead in the future.
Sony’s idea of the future of home entertainment is a dazzling (or dizzying) combination of multiple projectors splashing images on surfaces all over the home and versatile touchscreen panels. The centerpiece of this Life Space UX concept space is a 4K close-proximity projector that could fit into any modern or contemporary home with ease.” (Via Sotheby’s International Realty Blog)
HUE – A Really Bright Idea
Photo / Hue
“Lighting should be highly personal; overhead fluorescents are not. Hue helps you create just the right ambience with this ultra-customizable system: You can tinker with the color and brightness of every Hue LED in your home through a smartphone app. Philips Hue Connected Bulb Starter Pack | $200″ (via Wired.com)
Mother by Sense
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“At its simplest, Mother is a motion tracking system. In practice, this is one of the most versatile items announced at this year’s event.
Consisting of a friendly hub and an expandable set of tracking ‘cookies’, the system allows you to capture a near unlimited amount of applicable data:
- Attach a cookie to the door or window to track when a door/window is opened or closed
- Keep a cookie on a key chain or bag to see where your family members are at any given time
- Is the temperature in the living room when you’re out of the house too cold for the dog? Cookies have a temperature gauge
- Are the kids getting enough daily exercise? Cookies can measure distance walked & steps taken
Coupled with unique applications for each use case, and mobile push notifications to keep you informed at all times, Mother is designed to keep you more informed about your daily life, even as you live it.” (Via Sotheby’s International Realty Blog)
Mother by Sense, sen.se
Sleep Number IQ Bed
Photo / Sleepnumber.com
“Finding the right bed for both you and your partner is the most literal pain-in-the-neck of modern living. Sleep Number has long been offering a solid solution by adjusting each half of their bed to the sleeper’s own personal comfort level. But with the IQ Bed, they’re aiming to tell you what you need before you know you need it.
Each bed monitors your own unique sleep patterns, offering suggestions for adjusting the firmness, softness and angle of the bed as you sleep. The accompanying app can also track your out-of-bed activities such as workout time and food/drink intake, detailing what changes you can make outside of the bedroom to help craft a more restful you.
Other features include voice-command functionality, built-in lighting for safely getting up at night and massaging movement to help lull you to sleep.
Oh, and an anti-snoring program which changes the angle of your partner’s head, clearing the airways and cutting off the snoring at it’s source. Yes, please.” (Via Sotheby’s International Realty Blog)
Sleep Number x12, sleepnumber.com
Photos / Off
So your off to the alps for a week of skiing and as you’re pulling away from the driveway you think, “Did I turn off the gas?” Well this all too familiar scenario is up for extinction with the newly designed Off door handle. It’s a door handle with connections to your mains like gas supply and electricity. Simply switch off both (or either one) of the services by rotating the dial. When you return home, just switch it back to re-activate. It’s really that simple.
Off is a 2011 red dot design concept winner.
Kohler VibrAcoustic Hydrotherapy Bath
Photo / Kohler Co.
“Kohler’s VibrAcoustic Hydrotherapy bath takes relaxation to a new level by turning music into pulsing waves while you’re bathing in it. Of course, you can also use it as a huge speaker when it’s not filled with water. There are a total of six speakers embedded in it, and an auxiliary-in cable lets you play your own jams. The VibrAcoustic series of tubs comes standard with a touchscreen controller that gives you access to a few sound-and-body relaxation presets, and the higher-end units come equipped with a subaquatic light show.” (Via Wired.com)
Revolv Home Automation Hub
“Revolv’s hub is a multi-protocol wireless receiver with a 65-foot range that also consolidates controls into a single streamlined app. In addition to cleaning up your app arsenal, it’ll let you make presets that adjust several of your devices at once; one tap will adjust your lights, speakers, and thermostat to the perfect levels for watching a movie or getting work done. It also uses your phone’s location services to automatically perform certain actions — turn the lights on, flip on the air conditioning, or open the garage door — when you’re approaching your home. Revolv supports several devices in this gift guide, including Sonos speakers, Nest devices, Philips Hue bulbs, and Belkin’s WeMo products. It only works with the iPhone and iPad right now, but an Android app is coming in early- to mid-2014 — as is compatibility with more devices.” (Via Wired.com