You may know the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2020 just happened in Las Vegas. If you don’t know, it’s the time and place when all consumer focused electronics get showcased. Some very cool items were demonstrated this year! We’ve created a short list with our favorites so that you can get a feel for what’s floating around the Techosphere. These favorited products are listed in no particular order and are not all associated with Smart Home technologies. Hope you enjoy! -Michael
Philips Hue Outdoor Lighting
In a very up-and-coming category, Phillips Hue offers a very cool (and affordable) solution. With a range of color changing light options the outdoor space will never be the same. And it doesn’t hurt that these lights integrate with Savant (our home automation platform.)
Samsung 8K Bezel-less TV
There are so many beautiful TVs on the market, but what sets this beauty apart from others is that there is essentially NO bezel and it has the highest resolution available today. Imagine putting four of these together for a video wall. It would essentially look like a large projection screen full bright in all conditions. Although the price will be steep year one (+$15,000), it WILL come down and this WILL be a possibility.
Kohler Moxie Showerhead
Ever wanted to have a shower with Alexa? Now you can! This is the Alexa in the shower solution and according to reviews it actually works. This Kohler Moxie showerhead smart speaker brings Amazon’s prolific voice assistant to life in your bathroom. While the water streams through the showerhead, Alexa will stream through your Wi-Fi, and be able to hear, respond to, and act on voice commands as you have your morning shower.
Move over Tesla – there’s a new player in town! Sony? Well, yes. Sony introduced their version of the Tesla killer this year – the Sony Vision-S – and it does indeed show potential. Interestingly, after hearing about a potential Apple car for years, that it’s Sony to actually pull it off.
Some features that stand out:
- 300 Miles+ range
- Level 2 self-driving technology – Sony currently supplies sensors, imaging, and entertainment to other car manufacturers which will really help in this department.
Optoma Cinema P1
This is a new category of home projection systems – the ultra short ‘throw up on the wall’ for a large projection system without the need for a big projector on your ceiling or back wall. This Optoma Cinema P1 is a full 4K image with speaker system for a complete package. It can project a 120” from as close as 14.5” from the wall. Plus, it has an art library to display on the wall!
Sunflower Labs Bee Security System
As we enter a world with more security concerns, it’s crazy what people come up with. A home security system powered by drones? What? Yes! Imagine for a moment a scenario where someone enters your yard uninvited. Within a few seconds of entering your property, the intruder hears a sound like the buzzing of a swarm of bees — and a drone descends from the sky to capture them on video and provide you with a live view of everything the intruder does.
This is the concept behind Sunflower Labs’ Bee, a fully autonomous drone that automatically responds to vibrations and motion on your property. The Bee takes off from ‘The Hive’ and utilizes sensors placed throughout the property called ‘Sunflowers’ that can differentiate between people, animals, and cars while creating a heat map of activity inside the app all in real time.
As a bonus, they also work as yard lights!