CES® has become known as a place to see innovative and breakthrough technologies, and this year, home improvement products for the smart home got some attention. At this year’s event, manufacturers and developers from around the world wowed attendees with innovations in appliances, home security, lighting and more.
Top products at the event received the CES Innovation Award. The awards program honors those with some of the best ideas, judged by a panel of independent industrial designers, independent engineers and members of the trade press. Following are just a few of the products honored in the Smart Home category in the 2016 Innovation Awards.
Home safety and security and safety was a theme with several manufacturers. At least two manufacturers introduced smart smoke detectors. The EYE smoke detector from the Altyor Group uses LED technology instead of an optical chamber to eliminate false alarms and reduce response times, when compared to other smoke detectors. Halo Smart Labs also won an award for its Halo and Halo+, which combines a smoke and CO alarm with weather alerts for external threats like tornadoes and hurricanes.
The SmartDIMMER Motion from AwoX takes lighting control to a new level by allowing users to remotely control lighting without a smartphone.
Anderson Windows takes security seriously with its VeriLock Integrated Security Sensors. These sensors are built directly into the window and patio doors so they’re completely invisible. They also connect to a mobile device to tell the homeowner if the door or window is open, locked or unlocked.
The Ecovent, from Ecovent, allows the homeowner to control each room’s temperature through easy-to-install sensors and vents. The vents reduce energy costs while keeping the temperature comfortable.
Engie Group introduced the homnistat, a smart thermostat with gas meter reading. Users can set their preferred temperature and maximum budget, and the thermostat will manage energy consumption accordingly.
Schlage won an award for its Sense™ lock system. The lock works with Apple® HomeKit™ technology for key-free convenience, and users can control the lock with their voice using Siri®.
Smart appliances were also a highlight of the smart home category. Whirlpool had a couple of smart home appliances that won awards for their innovation. The Smart Dishwasher is programmable and can be stopped, started and monitored remotely with a device. It will even automatically order more detergent by using Amazon’s Dash program. Whirlpool’s Smart Pantry-Inspired French Door Refrigerator is connected to the company’s mobile app to allow users to turn off sounds and delay icemaker and compressor cycles to save energy.
Samsung also integrated Wi-Fi technology in its Slide-in Range with Soft Close Dual DoorT, which allows users to control the oven settings and operation from a smart device, without being home.