CES 2017: This is the smart home tech of the future

  • The best smart home tech from CES 2017 in Las Vegas
  • A bed that adjusts according to how you sleep
  • The connected fridge you can talk to

 

Every January, the world’s biggest technology companies release their trailblazing new gadgets at the CES show in Las Vegas.

We joined thousands of excited attendees at this titanic tech event in 2017 with one mission: to report back about the futuristic smart gadgets that will help your home – and your life – run even more smoothly.

Here are seven of the best products we discovered, each designed to seamlessly integrate into your day-to-day life.

 

LG InstaView™ Door-in-Door® fridge

LG Instaview door-in-door fridge

What is it?

The most personable refrigerator ever created. Not only can you talk to it, but an internal camera gives you the full inside view, too.

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Besides keeping food cool, the LG InstaView™ fridge has a 29-inch touch panel that turns fully transparent with two taps, enabling you to peek at what’s inside without opening the door (and in turn, saving energy).

What does it mean for me?

Because it’s integrated with Amazon’s Alexa ecosystem – its smart home assistant that you can talk to – it’s easy to add and order items to a shopping list as they come to mind. It also integrates with other smart home appliances, so you can use it adjust your home’s temperature, start your car outside, and, yes, even set a simple kitchen timer.

£TBC

Release date: TBC

 

Vobot Clock

Vobot Clock

What is it?

The world’s first alarm connected clock that actually does something helpful when you yell at it. But since it’s designed to make the whole waking up process a lot more pleasant, you won’t actually have to yell at it.

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The Vobot clock integrates seamlessly with Amazon’s Alexa smart home assistant ecosystem, which allows your alarm clock to slowly turn your lights on, get the coffee maker started, and handle other smart home routines using just your voice.

What does it mean for me?

Beyond being a bedside controller for your smart home, you can also use it to play melodic tunes (or even white noise) to ease you into sleep, rather than using your smartphone before you doze off. Less screen time before bed equals a better night’s rest.

£30

Release date: February 2017

 

Sleep Number 360™ bed

Sleep number 360 bed

What is it?

The most advanced bed ever created, designed to optimise in real-time based on your changing sleep positions. It’s as close as you’ll come to sleeping on cloud nine.

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Not only will the Sleep Number 360™ adjust internal air pockets based on how you and your partner toss and turn, but it can also reposition you if it detects snoring. Plus, it can warm your feet to help you fall asleep faster, and has a smart alarm function that will gently wake you when your sleep is lightest during a pre-set window of time.

What does it mean for me?

Better sleep and a healthier lifestyle, since nothing determines the outcome of our day like the quality of our sleep. This bed learns from you, requiring zero effort to make your rest all the more comfortable.

£650 - £5,000

Release date: First half of 2017

 

Lenovo Smart Assistant, powered by Amazon’s Alexa

Lenovo smart assistant

What is it?

A stylish home speaker that doubles as a command centre for all of your smart home gear.

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Designed beautifully and with impressive sound quality, the Lenovo Smart Assistant is one of the sleekest-looking ways to bring Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant into your home. Its eight 360-degree microphones enable you to ask Alexa to control a range of smart home products from up to five metres away.

What does it mean for me?

From finding out the weather forecast to controlling Hive products such as your thermostat or lighting, just ask Alexa to do it for you from one central gadget, which works in the same way as the Amazon Echo device. This makes controlling your home even more effortless.

£105

Release date: May 2017

 

MySmartBlinds

smart blinds

What is it?

Automated smart blinds for any kind of window that can be scheduled to automatically open and close.

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Firstly, MySmartBlinds are ridiculously easy to install, simply snapping into the window frame. Once they’re in place, use the app to set a schedule for when you want them to open and close. It also features an Energy Savings mode where the blinds open or close when your home reaches a specified temperature.

What does it mean for me?

Not having to manually open and shut blinds can be a real time saver, especially if your home has a lot of windows. Controlling them using your phone via voice or an app is not only seamless, it also means you can control them remotely when you’re out and about or on holiday to improve your home’s security.

£80+

Release date: Out now

 

Whirlpool® 2-in-1 Over the Range Microwave

Whirlpool 2-in-1 Over the range microwave

What is it?

This 2-in-1 microwave oven tracks family habits and preferences to learn what you cook and how you cook it.

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To make microwave cooking even more convenient, simply scan a barcode with your smartphone and the Whirlpool app will send cooking instructions for that particular food straight to the microwave. You can save favourite recipes when the app recognises repeated activity with its Scan-to-Cook technology.

What does it mean for me?

It makes the art of microwaving a lot easier, which means fewer microwave disasters and faster, easier after-work dinners. If you use the microwave a lot, you’ll appreciate never having to remember the exact cooking times for commonly cooked foods.

£TBC

Release date: July 2017

 

FoldiMate

foldimate

What is it?

An automated machine that folds your laundry, perfectly (and more importantly, without grumbling). It accepts nearly every type of clothing, from kids' sizes right up to XXL.

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Clothing popped into the machine is expertly folded and de-wrinkled in about half the time it would take a human to do it. Your favourite shirt can also be perfumed, softened and treated while being folded. Neat.

What does it mean for me?

If you end up folding the washing for everyone in your house, it’ll save you hours. Plus, the FoldiMate folds the same way every single time. It’s probably too large and too expensive for those who only do laundry once a week, but if you have a growing family that goes through clothing faster than milk or cereal, it could be worth the investment.

 

£550 - £800 (estimated)

Release date: Pre-orders late 2017; mass release in 2018

 

Ready to set up your connected home with seamlessly integrated smart home gear that’s available now? Take a look at the Hive range, with everything from smart light bulbs to smart thermostats.

 

Article published January 2017. All facts and figures correct at time of publishing.

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