With great home automation comes the potential for great fatigue, stemming from different brands of devices each requiring different hubs and apps. Smart home platform-provider Zonoff announced a partnership with Staples last year to offer a solution that problem with the Staples Connect home automation kit. The initial announcement declared support for several smart home device brands, provided they transmitted over Wi-Fi, Z-Wave, or the Lutron Clear Connect wireless standard. Staples and Zonoff are now announcing large-scale expansion at this year's CES.
LAS VEGAS -- Promising consumers a simpler, more efficient smart-appliance experience, here at CES this week Chinese manufacturer Haier announced the Tianzun smart air conditioner, the first connected appliance to meet Apple's MFi standards, which certify third-party products for design, quality, and iOS compatibility.Catch CNET's complete coverage of CES 2014
The remotely configurable Tianzun will automatically connect with Apple devices over Wi-Fi without the need for passwords or registration, and it's thanks to this quick setup process that it met Apple's standards for ease of use. The Tianzun will bear Apple's "Made for … Read more
LAS VEGAS -- The Revolv Smart Home Solution is about to get a whole lot easier to get your hands on. Using CES 2014 as a stage, the company announced a brick-and-mortar and retail partnership with Home Depot.
When we reviewed the Revolv device earlier this year, we loved its potential to be your everything in terms of home automation control. If you've been automating your house, no doubt you're familiar with the clumsiness that accompanies owning smart products from different manufacturers, each with its own control hub and app.Catch CNET's complete coverage of CES 2014 … Read more
Connected home appliances are getting a heavy push at this year's Consumer Electronics Show. From a high-end luxury oven that'll save you time in the kitchen, to a smart lock from Goji that adds to your home's security, these domestic devices are paving the way for a more connected lifestyle of the future. Continue to check this space for more video updates throughout the show.Whirlpool connected concepts gives us a look into the future In Las Vegas, CNET's Megan Wollerton gives us a tour of the Whirlpool connected concepts booth and shows us the future … Read more
Now this would be cool: a wireless charging bowl.
If you're anything like me, you have a specific place where you drop your keys and phone at the end of the day. What if the bowl you dropped them into charged them up for you? Intel has plans for just that. Sneaked in among the several new innovations the company showcased at its 2014 CES keynote address was a smart wireless charging bowl. Intel CEO Brian Krzanich discussed the bowl in the section of the presentation about solving problems by making everything smart. It seems they're starting small. Small, however, doesn't mean insignificant.… Read more
NuHeat has long been a respected name in radiant floor heating systems, but at its 2014 CES press conference, it announced plans to expand into tech with the Nuheat Signature, a Wi-Fi floor heating thermostat.
Using a smartphone app available for both iOS and Android devices, Signature will let you remotely control and monitor your heated floor. In addition to changing the floor temperature or heating schedule, you’ll also be able to view your energy usage. The Signature is suitable for use with heaters under stone or tile floors as well as laminate and engineered wood flooring, for which … Read more
LAS VEGAS -- We've seen plenty of appliances get bogged down by "smart features" that don't really deliver in practice. They have a high novelty factor, but don't actually make it easier for you to cook dinner or do laundry, etc. That's why we're intrigued by Whirlpool's CES unveil -- it features a whole host of innovative appliance concepts, but they are all supposedly designed with a nod toward simplicity.
Connected SuiteThe Whirlpool Connected Suite is all about the home and how appliances are gaining an increasingly "connected" role … Read more
Samsung CEO BK Yoon made the company's current mission clear at a CES press conference Monday: Samsung wants to take over your home.
Yoon said Samsung products will soon aid people in almost all aspects of their lives.
"Imagine getting a health check from your doctor through your TV. Imagine your family watching a TV show in the living room while you cook. This is streamed directly to a screen on your kitchen appliance. Imagine taking a call from your refrigerator without picking up your smartphone. These are all glimpses into the home of the future," Yoon … Read more
LAS VEGAS -- Backyard barbecuers rejoice. At this year's CES, iDevices announced the release of the iGrill2 Bluetooth Smart Meat Thermometer. This device helps you keep track of the temperature of your food as it cooks. Using the iDevices app, the iGrill2 monitors the food in your grill from up to 150 feet away. The app is currently available only in the iTunes store and is supported by iPad (3rd Generation or newer), iPhone (4S or newer), and iPod touch (5 and up). Android users can expect an app release sometime in 2014.
Key features include an LED display … Read more
LAS VEGAS -- Today at CES, LG shared its plans for the continued evolution of its home appliance lines, focusing on its new Home Chat smart platform, along with new key features in each major product category.
LG Home Chat allows users to manage their connected appliances and devices with an SMS interface -- you'll literally be able to send your refrigerator, washing machine, robot vacuum, or other smart appliance a command or question via text message, then get a response. The service plays into a developing theme here at CES: a more accessible smart home. We've already … Read more