New and innovative products introduced at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show demonstrate that consumers and manufacturers continue to have a keen interest in smart home technology.
The Consumer Electronics Show, held in Las Vegas, is a prominent venue for designers, developers and manufacturers to showcase their latest products. The 2015 show makes it clear that smart home technology remains a high priority among manufacturers and that these technologies continue to advance.
- Nest Labs, owned by search engine powerhouse Google, indicated that 15 more partner manufacturers had joined with the company to produce home appliances and accessories that would be compatible with Nest’s smart thermostat and smoke and carbon monoxide detector. The Nest Labs detector, for example, can automatically lower the volume of music being played when smoke or carbon monoxide is detected, reducing distractions for homeowners responding to the alarm.
- Developments in lighting technology have put electronic controllers, WiFi and Bluetooth in charge of indoor lighting. Items include multitasking LED lamps that include Bluetooth speakers, WiFi boosters and security cameras in the same package. Emberlight introduced a Bluetooth-compatible holder that can control lighting for incandescent, LED and CFL with smartphone apps for Android or iOS systems.
- Smart appliances were also on display at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show. The Whirlpool HybridCare Duet clothes dryer showed how the unit can use a heat pump to dry clothes using less energy. The LG double Door-in-Door Mega-Capacity Refrigerator adopted zoning concepts popular in the HVAC world to create a 34-square-foot zoned storage space that can be adjusted to the storage needs of different types of food. Appliance maker Dacor demonstrated an Android app that offers a hands-free platform for setting functions on its Discovery iQ kitchen oven and range combination.
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