This was a massive year for Google Assistant announcements at CES, but Amazon Alexa had its fair share of new integrations as well – often debuting in the same product. There were so many new Alexa integrations, in fact, that the best way to comprehensively cover them is one big roundup.
Below, find all the Alexa integrations that we were able to spot at CES, and note that we’ve also included mentions of Google Assistant and other voice AIs, in cause you straddle a few different ecosystems.
Traditional security firm ADT revealed its first own-branded connected home platform this CES with a new app and 7-inch tablet-esque Command Panel that integrates with both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. ADT’s existing family of cameras and sensors can be used with this system, creating a smart home security network that is easily automated using geofencing as well as app and voice controls. Pricing is yet to be set, but the new product will be available within the first quarter of 2019.
Rather than put both Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa into its products, French tech company Archos is taking more of an either/or approach. While its Hello smart display features only Google Assistant, its budget Mate smart display stocks only Alexa. The Mate comes in 5 and 7-inch Full HD display versions and is designed mainly for households deep in the Amazon ecosystem that regularly use apps like Amazon Prime Video and Audible. The Mate 5 and 7 will be available in the first quarter of 2019 for $129 and $149 respectively.
ARCHOS Mate: Alexa Built-In Smart Home Bridge at an Affordable Price
Paris – Thursday, December 20th, 2018 – ARCHOS, the French pioneer of consumer electronics, today announces that it will exhibit the ARCHOS Mate, its newest AI innovation, at CES® 2019, from January 8th to 11th 2019, in Las Vegas. The ARCHOS Mate features Alexa builtin and a beautiful FHD touch screen, available in 5 and 7-inch sizes, as well as a high-quality speaker and embedded battery, allowing users to access their favorite multimedia content and to serve as a real smart home bridge. The ARCHOS Mate 5 and 7 will be available in Q1 2019 starting from $129.
“More and more families are purchasing voice-enabled devices to make their lives easier. By combining a display and Alexa into one product, ARCHOS is giving users the flexibility to see and hear response to their interactions,” declares Loïc Poirier, CEO of ARCHOS.
“We’re excited to work with ARCHOS and bring customers a voice-first product that makes everyday life easier,” said Jorrit Van der Meulen, VP of Amazon Devices International. “With Alexa built-in, all you need is your voice to control smart home devices, play music, manage shopping lists, and more.”
ARCHOS Mate 5 and 7 combine audio, visual and touch inputs, to make everything in your daily life easier:
More entertainment: Whether talking or tapping, users have access to a large variety of
media. They can listen to their favorite playlists through Amazon Music and other popular
streaming services. At a later date, customers will be able to enjoy the latest binge-worthy
shows through Amazon Prime Video and thousands of audiobooks available on Audible, as
well as the ability to display pictures from their photo albums.
Hands-free video calling and messaging: Thanks to the 5MP camera, Alexa and Skype,
users can stay in touch with their family and friends. With a simple voice command, they are
instantly connected to their beloved ones.
Smarter home: With Alexa built-in, the ARCHOS Mate range can control all smart home
devices, from security cameras to lights and thermostats, making it easy to check who is at the
door or to turn off bedroom lights in the kid’s room.
Personal assistant: Keeping track of the day is simple with Alexa. Users can set up reminders
for important upcoming events, add ingredients to their list when prepping for their next big
dinner, and refill the fridge by adding/removing items in their Amazon shopping list – just ask
ARCHOS Mate 5 and 7 pack:
A vibrant 5 or 7-inch Full HD touch screen
A premium speaker
Two microphones boosted by the Synaptics’ far-field technology.
A 5 MP front camera
A built-in smart home bridge
Availability and Price
ARCHOS Mate 5 and 7 will be available in Q1 2019 in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish, on www.archos.com and on the shelves of ARCHOS distribution partners, respectively at $129 and $149.
Cavalier’s The Maverick was widely regarded as an elegant, attractive Alexa speaker when it hit the market last year, and now the company has added another Alexa-enabled device to its roster with The Air, which is larger and features an LED clock display, but is just as aesthetically pleasing as its predecessor. The 20W stereo speaker system also features a Qi wireless charging pad for extra utility. The new product has yet to show up on the company’s website, but should arrive in early 2019 for $300, according to at least one blog that may have broken a press embargo.
One of the more unusual Alexa-integrated products to debut at CES was the Daikin One+, a smart thermostat and controller for Daikin’s smart inverter HVAC system. The idea is to allow to “visualize the air” in their homes, tracking temperature and air quality through an ecosystem of indoor air quality modules, in addition to other typical smart thermostat functions. The company hasn’t revealed pricing or availability details yet for its thermostat, which also supports Google Assistant.
HOUSTON & LAS VEGAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Daikin North America LLC today introduced The Daikin One+™ smart thermostat, an architecturally-inspired intelligent home air management controller. Beyond a typical smart thermostat, it is a controller for a full professional HVAC system with a growing ecosystem of air quality modules to give consumers more control over the air they breathe and a premium HVAC experience.
“Daikin’s philosophy is one of simplicity. Fitness-for-purpose. Craftsmanship. Thoroughness. A feeling of calm”
Daikin, the world’s largest heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) manufacturer, is a global innovator of advanced solutions for residential, commercial and industrial applications for 90+ years. With the introduction of the Daikin One™ ecosystem, Daikin is up-ending the status quo in the HVAC market, where players have been conservative in adopting IoT technologies and, until recently, relegated leadership in the smart thermostat category to consumer electronics brands.
The Daikin One+ smart thermostat is the first smart thermostat to offer full two-way communications and serves as a cloud-connected hub and controller for sophisticated, communicating HVAC systems. In combination with Daikin’s smart inverter HVAC systems, such as the Daikin FIT™ system, the Daikin One ecosystem of indoor air quality modules provides an unparalleled, integrated solution for temperature control and air quality. It allows people to “Visualize the Air™” inside their home and reacts on cues to provide a premium indoor air environment. That’s “Air Intelligence™.”
The Daikin One+ smart thermostat is different from other smart thermostats in four ways:
1. It’s not just a switch to turn the HVAC system on and off. Other smart thermostats from consumer electronics companies lack the protocols to communicate with HVAC equipment. And, while some other HVAC manufacturers offer custom controllers, they lack sophisticated user interface and physical design.
2. In combination with the Daikin One ecosystem, it offers indoor air quality modules, including the Daikin One air cleaner, Daikin One home air monitor and Daikin One zone monitor that all work together seamlessly. For example, homeowners are notified when a contaminant event occurs and have the option to run the HVAC system to help reduce contaminants.
3. Because of its intelligence, the Daikin One+ smart thermostat enables users to set different temperatures in different zones of a home, keeping residents comfortable wherever they are in the home.
4. The thermostat interface lets a user decide how to control a home’s temperature in two different ways: digital and analog. Daikin offers both technologies for simple and sophisticated control, in one elegantly designed thermostat.
Re-imagining the thermostat: Applying world-class design for extraordinary simplicity and premium experience
The Daikin One+ smart thermostat was beautifully crafted and designed in collaboration with one of the consumer electronics industry’s and Silicon Valley’s leading industrial product designers, Fred Bould of Bould Design. Bould, the designer of many iconic consumer devices, worked in cooperation with Dubberly Design Office to develop a state-of-the-art user interface with Daikin engineers in Houston.
The thermostat design features a double square structure that pairs a sophisticated high-resolution digital color touch screen on the left side with the proven functionality of a classic analog dial control on the right side. This arrangement reflects well-established patterns of cognitive interaction (reading from left to right). For fast, on-the-go temperature adjustments, the dial is the perfect tool. For more involved control, such as setting a schedule, a refined capacitive touch interface offers an easy-to-understand menu system. A simple touch on the display reveals access to the full range of settings.
New and casual users see the current temperature, turn the dial, and see the set points. But just taps away are other key features — scheduled set-point changes, energy-saving “away” set-points and air quality readings. Users can also opt for user-friendly mobile applications and voice control via leading voice assistance platforms. Professional contractors can go even deeper into operations, but these settings are kept well out of the way of casual users.
Reinforcing the touch interface experience is a thin light strip that projects an orange or blue glow underneath the thermostat to indicate the current system mode: orange for heating, blue for cooling. A proximity sensor wakes the thermostat on approach to be ready for input.
Daikin took the same level of care with design and development of the user interface, companion mobile app and contractor installation app.
“Daikin’s philosophy is one of simplicity. Fitness-for-purpose. Craftsmanship. Thoroughness. A feeling of calm,” said Dennis Thoren, VP of technology strategy for Daikin. “We explicitly designed the Daikin One+ smart thermostat for three different audiences: casual users who simply want to change the temperature; homeowners who are concerned about maximizing efficiency and customizing settings to their needs, and finally, it had to work for our professional contractors, the folks installing the system, who have sophisticated technical needs.”
Inside the Daikin One+ smart thermostat
An integrated Wi-Fi radio connects to the homeowner app through the internet, while a sub-GHz radio gathers data from remote sensors and talks to other thermostats in the home to support independent zone control. Dual processors allow the thermostat to connect with other thermostats and the companion app, gather data from remote sensors and maintain two-way communication with the HVAC equipment to control the whole system. Geo-fencing automatically reduces energy use and saves money when no one is home, and the device supports utility demand-response programs to further reduce energy expenses.
The Daikin One cloud also seamlessly integrates with open smart home architectures including Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. It has an open application programming interface (API) for other home automation platforms, allowing consumers to effortlessly use features such as voice control. Further, Daikin’s One cloud will allow utilities to reduce power demand simply and effectively using OpenADR 2.0 protocol that allows consumers to benefit through lower electricity bills.
Daikin Industries, Ltd. (DIL) is a Fortune 1000 company with more than 70,000 employees worldwide, and is the world’s number 1 air conditioning company. Daikin North America LLC (DNA) is a subsidiary of DIL. DNA and its affiliates manufacture heating and cooling systems for residential, commercial and industrial use and are sold via a select group of independent HVAC contractors. DIL manufacturing operations include facilities at Houston, TX and Fayetteville, TN. For additional information, visit www.northamerica-daikin.com.
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D-Link’s new mesh and Google Assistant/Alexa-enabled series of Exo routers and extenders are typically alien-looking and built for dependable speed. Appealing to the gaming market, the Exo routers feature an 880MHz dual-core processor and an “Auto Healing” feature that kicks in when one node in the mesh fails. There are no pricing details available yet, but the series will be available within the first quarter of 2019. Additionally, D-Link announced new indoor and outdoor Wi-Fi smart plugs that also don’t have price tags yet, but should launch in the second quarter of 2019.
Swedish luxury bedmaker DUX has made a bed with built-in Alexa. The integration comes as the result of a partnership with smart speaker company stellé, and the idea is simple – your bed becomes one of your smart home speakers, through which you can request light dimming or temperature alterations or anything else your smart home might support. The bed does not, however, seem to have any smart functions itself. It’s just a luxury bed that retails at $4,950 for a king-size mattress and will launch at DUXIANA stores in the U.S. beginning May.
LAS VEGAS, Jan. 7, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — DUX is bringing simple and elegant control to technology-filled bedrooms with its latest release: A bed with Alexa built into it, which will serve as the centerpiece for bedtime routines.
DUX, in partnership with stellé, an award-winning smart speaker company, announced the bed during CES week in Las Vegas. The Swedish luxury bedmaker made the announcement to kick off its mission to seamlessly integrate technology into the bedroom through products and features designed to foster the ideal sleep environment.
“Too often tech is a distraction at bedtime, but with the launch of our bed that has Alexa built into it, we’re changing that,” said Ed Curry, president of DUX North America. “Our goal is to combine our expertise in sleep science with voice-activated technology that delivers seamless – and effortless – bedtime routines.”
The bed will be available online and in most DUXIANA stores throughout the U.S. beginning in May. The bed is available in queen, king and California king sizes with a king-size bed retailing for $4,950.
To align with DUX and stellé’s commitment to sleek design, the module is discreetly mounted to the underside of the bed.
“Design should create an emotional connection with the product and the brand,” said Wayne Ludlum, president and co-founder, stellé. “And we’re thrilled to collaborate with DUX to bring voice and technology into the bedroom.”
DUX has studied sleep science for nearly a century, all in an effort to provide the best sleep possible. But as important as a great bed is, a relaxing evening routine also is critical for a good night’s sleep. That’s where DUX’s tech integration comes into play. With the DUX app synced to your bed, you can manage your home from under the covers – without lifting a finger.
“We know those 15 to 30 minutes right before bed are so important, as you start to unwind and get ready to sleep,” Curry said. “The partnership with stellé is the first step in positioning DUX as a bedtime concierge that handles everything from dimming the lights and guiding your evening meditation, to changing the temperature for ideal sleeping conditions.”
To learn more about DUX’s new bed, visit duxiana.com/CES.
For over 90 years, DUX has blended sleep science with world-class craftsmanship to deliver some of the most advanced beds available. DUX, headquartered in Sweden, is committed to improving life through better sleep, combining research, the finest materials and the most experienced craftsmen, to ultimately provide a more healthful sleep. For more information, visit Duxiana.com, or one of its 22 North American stores.
Stellé is leading the way in creating design-oriented audio technology with wireless products that are the perfect union of sound and style. Stellé’s award-winning speakers are created with women in mind, bridging the gap between fashion, technology and design. Delivering unsurpassed sound, stellé incorporates the ease of Amazon Alexa voice control and freedom of multi-unit networking while incorporating seamlessly into any lifestyle, at home or on the go. For more information, visit www.stelleaudio.com
GE added some new products to its C by GE smart home brand this year at CES with new full-colour LED smart lights, a smart light switch (that works with “dumb” lights), a smart plug, and a motion sensor. All products work with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple’s HomeKit. Some product pricing is still in the works, but the lights are set to cost between $40 and $75, while the smart plug will be $25.
Kitchen appliance maker Gourmia showed off several new smart appliances that can be controlled via app as well as Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. Among the devices showcased at CES: a 7-quart digital air fryer ($180), 11-in-1 deluxe multicooker (not currently listed online), and a 10-cup coffee grinder and maker (no price listed yet).
“We want to be at the forefront of consumers’ experience in connected, smart cooking,” stated Gourmia founder Heshy Biegeleisen. “It is important to us that we offer appliances that make sense to consumers or solve a need for them. And we can do that with our special platform that allows us to make any of our products smart. Our Internet of Things products offer some of the most innovative, easy-to-use kitchen appliances, that make cooking enjoyable, hassle-free, and smart.”
Gourmia IoT products provide users with three options on how to prepare their food or beverage.
1) They can go smart and use the exclusive Gourmia mobile kitchen app Mia that allows users to do a myriad of cooking steps from virtually anywhere through their mobile iOS or Android devices. With Mia, users can remotely manage cook modes, cook times and temperatures, find recipe ideas, and even receive alerts. Mia is free and available at the iTunes Store and Google Play Store.
2) Or they can simply say, “Alexa, ask Mia” or “Hey Google, ask Mia” to perform a specific step in using their Gourmia appliance. And it’s done automatically and quickly.
3) Or if the user is old school or a hands-on type of individual, they can – gulp – do it themselves manually.
Gourmia will be showcasing the following IoT products at CES 2019.
- 7-Quart Digital Air Fryer (GAF678)A powerhouse, all-in-one air fryer, rotisserie, and dehydrator that helps families eat healthy, as it air fries, heats, roasts, and dehydrates food without the fat and calories that come when cooking with oil – 100% oil free! Yet, it still delivers that great crunchy goodness of crisp fried food. It features an extra-large door with EZ view window, 10 chef-at-a-touch modes, RadiVection 360° Technology that rapidly circulates hot air in all directions, express heat system that cooks food up to 30% faster than a standard oven, and an extensive accessory kit. The GAF678 air fryer is proudly used and endorsed by world-renowned chef, television personality, health and fitness expert, and mom Cat Cora.
- 11-in-1 Deluxe MultiCooker (GWCM695)A spacious 6.5-quart one-pot wonder that does it all! From slow cooked chili to roasted chicken, sous vide, homemade yogurt, and more, this 11-in-1 MultiCooker takes cooking to the next level. Features include a simple display with presets and adjustable controls, large heat-resistant glass lid, and a recipe book. Nonstick removable interior pot assures there is no messy cleanup. One appliance, endless possibilities.
- 10-Cup Coffee Maker and Grinder (GCMW4750)This Gourmia Coffee Maker is exclusively designed for coffee lovers so they can make their favorite coffee-shop beverages in the comfort of their own homes! It includes a built-in grinder; powerful grind or brew combo that automatically transform fresh beans or favorite pre-ground blend into rich, robust coffee; programmable timer; LED display; 30-minute keep warm capability; and auto shut-off. Sleek stainless-steel body is paired with a 10-cup, crystal-clear glass carafe.
Gourmia takes the quality of its products very seriously. The company is ETL certified so retailers and users alike can be confident that that they are selling/buying safe, efficient, high-quality appliances.
Headquartered in Brooklyn, NY, Gourmia is passionate about cooking and the tools for the healthy lifestyle. With decades of small appliance expertise, Gourmia’s founders know that cooks are looking for dependable, easy-to-use tools that will make their lives easier. From sous vide immersion cookers to multi-purpose cookers and juicers, the team at Gourmia has taken input from chefs and consumers to make their products the best in their category. All of the company’s products are designed to deliver a higher standard of innovation, performance, and value. For additional information, please visit http://www.gourmia.com.
One of the most famous home goods retailers in the world is expanding its smart home collection in the States this spring with its line of Fyrtur smart window shades, operable via physical remote, Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, or Google Assistant. U.S. pricing hasn’t been announced yet, but if it’s similar to European pricing, a set of blinds will probably start at around $136. The new Ikea smart home addition will be available in American stores starting April 1.
Mobile accessory company iOttie revealed a car mount with built-in Alexa at the show. The mount features dual microphones and noise-canceling software so it can filter out ambient driving noises. The microphones can be muted at any time. Other than that, it’s a pretty standard car mount. Pricing isn’t available yet, but it will arrive later in the first quarter of 2019.
iOttie Launches Revolutionary Smartphone Car Mount with Amazon Alexa Built-In, Providing Hands-Free Access to Alexa Right From Your Vehicle
iOttie continues to push the boundaries of what mobile accessories can offer with the Easy One Touch Connect, a high quality smartphone car mount with unprecedented functionality.
LAS VEGAS – Jan. 7, 2019 — iOttie, a leading mobile accessories company, today announced its Easy
One Touch Connect smartphone car mount featuring Amazon Alexa built-in. A first-of-its-kind product, the
mount supports most standard Alexa features and capabilities, including access to more than 70,000
Alexa skills, right from your vehicle. By working with Amazon to develop the Easy One Touch Connect
and incorporating its own patented Easy One Touch mechanism, iOttie has created a functional and
intelligent car mount. The Easy One Touch Connect will be available for purchase on Amazon.com and
iOttie.com later in the first quarter of 2019.
“At iOttie, we are constantly innovating to enhance users’ experiences with their smartphones,” said iOttie
Senior Director, Eric Kang. “By working with Amazon to design the Easy One Touch Connect, we are able
to provide more value to customers by enabling them to quickly and easily interact with Alexa from the
road. The Easy One Touch Connect also holds a smartphone safely and securely to a dashboard or
windshield so you can focus on the road. With this device, we are expanding the potential and capabilities
of smartphones in every aspect of our lives.”
“We want to make Alexa available to more customers in the car, and that means creating the tools for
device makers like iOttie to embed Alexa directly into their automotive products,” said Ned Curic, VP of
Alexa Auto at Amazon. “The Easy One Touch Connect enhances the driving experience by providing a
simple, intuitive phone mount with secure mounting capabilities, and with Alexa built-in, drivers can enjoy
hands-free access to many of their favorite Alexa features – all while keeping their hands on the wheel
and eyes on the road.”
The Easy One Touch Connect from iOttie is one of the first automotive accessories built using the Alexa
Mobile Accessory Kit. With access to tens of thousands of Alexa Skills, users can ask Alexa to play
music, check the weather, get driving directions, control smart home devices and more, all while enjoying
smooth communication via dual high-quality microphones and noise-canceling software that filters out
ambient road noise. The device also incorporates iOttie’s patented Easy One Touch mechanism, which
enables users to easily lock and remove their smartphone with one hand. Thanks to iOttie’s superior
shock-absorbing technology, the Easy One Touch Connect offers the stability and security iOttie users
have come to know and trust, ensuring smartphones stay locked in place so users can focus on the road.
iOttie will have the Easy One Touch on display for demos throughout CES from January 8-11 at LVCC,
South Hall 3 – 31514 and at Pepcom Digital Experience! at The Mirage on Monday, Jan. 7. The device will
be available later in 2019.
iOttie is a premium accessories brand headquartered in New York City. Established in 2010, the company
has integrated emerging technologies with design to create new products that are user friendly and
enhance everyday lives. iOttie’s mission is to develop products that simplify life for their customers.
Through experimentation and continuous search for new concepts, iOttie has been awarded 7 CES
Innovation Honoree Awards since 2013 and continues to introduce new innovative products to the
market. Today, iOttie’s portfolio of product categories include smartphone mounts & accessories, wireless
chargers & power devices, and smart devices. To learn more, visit www.iottie.com.
Jabra’s new Elite 85h headphones feature the services of Alexa, Siri, and/or Google Assistant (depending on the user’s preference) in addition to being noise-cancelling and IP52-rated for rain resistance. Additionally, while cancelling noise can seriously run down the battery on a wireless headset such as this, Jabra promises up to 32 hours of life, even with that feature switched on. The headphones will go on sale for $300 (or $400 in Canada, because the tech industry has it in for our northern neighbors) and will be available in Best Buy beginning April.
JBL’s new on-ear and over-ear Live series headphones feature built-in Alexa and Google Assistant, either of which you can access by simply tapping the left earcup. The Alexa-enabled Live series begins at $100 and tops out at the $200 over-ear Live 650BTNC, which also offers active noise cancellation. The headphones are set to hit retail stores this spring.
Much like the DUX smart bed mentioned above, the purpose of the Juno AI LED downlight is to make digital assistance invisible. It’s just a simple and unobtrusive smart downlight, but it also features JBL speakers and Amazon Alexa, so it can also be a smart home hub. You can tell it commands and do things like ask it to play music, with no need for a pesky Alexa puck cluttering up counter space. There’s not pricing or availability information available yet, but there is a mailing list on the company’s website.
Audio firm Klipsch revealed several new sound bars at CES, including Bar 48W, a sound bar with built-in Wi-Fi and Alexa support (as well as support for AirPlay 2 and Google Voice). Models range from 40 to 54 inches in width and prices begin at $300 and can travel all the way up to $1,600. Most models will be available this spring, while some will start shipping as late as this fall.
It’s the connected tech we’ve all been waiting for: smart toilets. Kohler began dipping its toe in the smart home waters last year with announcements regarding Kohler Konnect at CES 2018. This year, many of its creations are finally going on sale alongside the Numi 2.0 intelligent toilet, Verdera Voice Lighted Mirror, and the Veil Lighted Collection of luminous bathroom products – all of which support Amazon Alexa (and some of which support Google Assistant, as well). The most interesting gadget of the above-mentioned items is the smart toilet, of course, because it sounds both ridiculous and potentially very luxurious. It offers personalized cleaning and drying functions, a heated seat, built-in speakers, and multi-colored ambient lighting. It also sells for a whopping $8,000. Find our coverage on the rest of the (super pricey) items here.
There’s a new Amazon Alexa-enabled Nanoleaf challenger on the scene, and its name is LaMetric Sky. LaMetric Sky takes the same idea of customizable LED smart lights and makes them smaller and a little bit smarter with the option of having the mosaic tiles show live data. There’s no pricing or availability information just yet, but more will likely be revealed this year.
The title 2-in-1 is usually slang for a laptop-tablet hybrid, but Lenovo debuted some 2-in-1s at this year’s CES that are a bit different. Lenovo Smart Tabs are fully-featured Android tablets that double as smart displays when settled in their accompanying smart docks. Considering how little most people use either of those devices, the decision to jam those two things in one makes a lot of sense, at least for the consumer. There are two versions, the P10, which is the premium version for $300, and the M10, which is $200. The main benefits of the P10 are better specs (more storage, RAM, and a larger battery) a fingerprint sensor, glass back, and a smaller and lighter form. Pre-orders begin this month on Amazon and through Lenovo’s own site.
Smart home company Leviton unveiled a series of Alexa-enabled smart home devices that are both much less interesting than the aforementioned $8,000 intelligent toilet and probably much more useful, too. To begin with, there’s the Decora Smart Wi-Fi 4-button controller, which lets users control multiple smart lights and works with Alexa, Assistant, and the My Leviton app. Then there’s the Decora Voice Dimmer with Alexa built-in. Finally, there are the Decora Smart Wi-Fi and Decora Smart Z-Wave Plus in-wall receptacles, which work with Alexa, Assistant, Nest, IFTTTT, and more. Pricing isn’t advertised yet, but all gadgets should be available by mid-2019.
One of the most interesting products on show at CES period was LG’s new rollable OLED TV, which saves space (and keeps a room looking tidy and minimal) by rolling into a little box when not in use. There’s a lot more to it than that, of course, but we can’t get into everything here. The only other things I’ll note is that it also functions as speakers in its rolled-up mode, and features built-in Amazon Alexa, as well as HomeKit support. It’s going on sale sometime in the second half of this year for probably somewhere in quadruple dollar sign range (that is to say, a lot). Meanwhile, the rest of LG’s 2019 smart TV line-up will also feature Alexa, in addition to Google Assistant. Find our coverage here.
Smart lock company Lockly has come up with a clever way of confusing would be lock code thieves – the keypad on the Secure Pro generates numbers in random order each time the lock is in use, and each input on the keypad is actually three numbers, so it’s impossible to know for sure what the code is even if someone is watching over the user’s shoulder. Also, it features Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, and plans to add Apple HomeKit support later this year. It is now available for pre-order at the price of $300.
Flo by Moen, a new smart home water monitoring and leak detection system created in partnership with Flo Technologies, lets users monitor and control their homes’ water systems through a Wi-Fi connected device that is installed on the main water supply line going into the home. That device connects to a smartphone app, and the system is also compatible with Alexa, Assistant, and IFTTTT. Additionally, Alexa commands for U by Moen, a smart shower system, are now more intuitive and also function as part of larger Routines.
Electrical connection company nVent added smart home integrations for its NUHEAT Signature, a Wi-Fi-enabled floor-heating thermostat. The floor heating system was already compatible with Nest and Control4, but now also works with Alexa, Assistant, and IFTTTT.
LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–nVent Electric plc (NYSE:NVT) (“nVent”), a global leader in electrical connection and protection solutions, is pleased to announce new smart home integrations for nVent NUHEAT Signature, the company’s premium, WiFi-enabled, floor heating thermostat. These new integrations for the Google Assistant®, Amazon Alexa®, and IFTTT® are launching alongside an application program interface (API) for developers and system integrators, enabling them to connect the Signature thermostat to any custom home automation system. This new functionality, combined with the existing integrations for Nest® and Control4®, gives consumers and developers a unique opportunity to create a personalized, integrated floor heating system for the connected home. nVent NUHEAT will debut these new smart home integrations at the Consumer Electronics show in Las Vegas, January 8-11.
Floor Heating for the Connected Home
Signature is the first WiFi-enabled line voltage thermostat that allows consumers to control their floor heat using all of these platforms: the Google Assistant®, Amazon Alexa®, IFTTT®, Nest®, and Control4®. In addition to the expanded compatibility, Signature still offers all the key WiFi-enabled benefits customers have come to expect: energy use monitoring, live weather forecasts, and remote control via the Signature app for iOS® and Android® or via www.mynuheat.com. All nVent NUHEAT thermostats are covered by a three-year warranty.
The DIY Smart Home
All existing Signature thermostats are compatible with the new integrations and owners can learn how to activate these functions by visiting www.nuheat.com/connected-home. This reverse compatibility ensures both new and existing customers can make any house a personalized, connected home.
“Signature is now the most connected floor heating thermostat available. We are excited for the millions of homeowners who will now be able to integrate their nVent NUHEAT Floor Heating System with a home assistant, smart home device, or home automation system,” says nVent NUHEAT Product Manager Wally Lo.
Invaluable Resources for Integrators and Developers
In conjunction with the launch of the consumer product integrations, nVent NUHEAT has launched the Signature API website at https://developers.nuheat.com. This suite of hardware integration tools provides developers and integrators with everything they need to create custom connections for home automation systems.
The Consumer Electronics Show takes place in several venues throughout Las Vegas from January 8-11, 2019. The nVent NUHEAT team will be showcasing the new integrations at booth #41870 in the Wireless Devices & Services section on level 2 of the Sands Expo.
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Panasonic announced the GZ2000 TV at CES, which features a 4K OLED panel, support for HDR10+, Dolby Vision, and HLG photo format, and upward firing speakers capable of delivering Dolby Atmos audio. It also has Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. The TV comes in 55-inch and 65-inch models, but no specific pricing or availability details are nailed down as of yet. This is just a guess, but since Panasonic is hyping it up as the “world’s most cinematic TV,” it probably won’t be cheap.
Panasonic’s GZ2000: World’s Most Cinematic TV
- New custom Professional Edition 4K OLED panel tuned in Hollywood
- New HCX PRO Intelligent Processor which delivers unrivalled detail and accuracy
- World’s first* TV to support HDR10+, Dolby Vision, and HLG Photo format
- World’s first* TV with built-in upward-firing speakers capable of delivering Dolby Atmos.
- Speakers tuned by Technics with JENO Engine technology
Las Vegas, NV (January 7, 2019) – Panasonic today announced the launch of the GZ2000, featuring a custom-madeProfessional Edition 4K OLED panel which incorporates custom hardware improvements by Panasonic. Optimized by a leading Hollywood colorist, the new panel highlights unparalleled color accuracy and significantly better than average brightness levels.
The GZ2000 is the world’s first* OLED TV to support both HDR10+ and Dolby Vision HDR as well as HLG Photo, the new still image format which brings still photography into the HDR world.
Furthermore, the GZ2000 is the world’s first TV with built-in upward-firing speakers capable of delivering Dolby Atmos® immersive audio with total ease and convenience. The total audio system has also been tuned by Technics engineers. Also, with support for voice assistants, the GZ2000 can integrate seamlessly with a smart home setup.
Panasonic’s flagship OLED panel tuned by Hollywood
Leading colorist works with Panasonic to guarantee the filmmaker’s intent
Available in 65-inch and 55-inch screen sizes, the new GZ2000 OLED represents the combination of Panasonic’s technological accuracy with the color-tuning skills of Stefan Sonnenfeld. Stefan Sonnenfeld, founder and CEO of Company 3, is a trusted collaborator of some of the world’s best filmmakers. Sonnenfeld is among a handful of leading artists who has championed the power of color grading to tell stories and communicate emotion. Described by NPR as a “da Vinci of the movies,” Sonnenfeld has applied his skills as a colorist to many of the most acclaimed and popular features of the past decade: “A Star is Born;” “Wonder Woman;” “Man of Steel;” “Beauty and the Beast;” “Star Wars: The Force Awakens;” “Jurassic World;” “300;” and many more. Like many other leading colorists, he uses Panasonic OLED screens as large-format client reference monitors in his daily workflow.
No ordinary OLED panel, the bespoke Professional Edition 4K OLED panel has been exclusively customized by Panasonic R&D engineers. This has resulted in even greater control of the parameters that affect picture quality. In particular, the average brightness level has been boosted significantly and contrast handling improved, resulting in increased dynamic range. HDR content now looks even more impactful, with the GZ2000 effortlessly able to reproduce tricky scenes of variable brightness and contrast – often found in live sports broadcasts and in action movies. Because of this level of customization, combined with the exceptional color-optimizing skills of Sonnenfeld, Panasonic has created some of the most accurate, cinematic images ever seen on a TV.
Additionally, in response to requests from Hollywood’s professional users, Panasonic has extended the range and reduced the interval between calibration steps at the darkest end of the RGB and gamma scales. The GZ2000 is also one of the first TVs to support CalMAN PatternGen test patterns from Portrait Display’s® CalMAN® software along with AutoCal functionality. Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) calibration settings are also supported.
HCX PRO Intelligent Processor delivers superior OLED panel control while supporting both HDR10+ and Dolby Vision
The GZ2000 uniquely covers all the popular dynamic HDR bases
The GZ2000’s HDR OLED panel is powered by Panasonic’s most advanced processor ever, which rapidly analyses the color, contrast and clarity of 4K video content, optimizing them and giving more control over the screen’s all-new Panasonic-customized OLED panel. Featuring an even faster Dynamic LUT, the GZ2000 is Panasonic’s best TV at selecting and displaying the correct color for every single brightness level. Even when brightness levels and contrast vary rapidly within a scene, the GZ2000 unfailingly delivers the most accurate colors, resulting in a more satisfying image than ever before.
The HCX PRO Intelligent Processor is also compatible with multiple formats of dynamic HDR metadata and ensures that viewers experience the best possible TV pictures available regardless of their source. The GZ2000 is the world’s first model capable of displaying both HDR10+ and Dolby Vision® formats*. And, with Multi HDR support, the GZ2000 is also compatible with Hybrid Log-Gamma(HLG), which is an HDR format expected to be widely adopted by TV broadcasters. HLG Photo, a new still image format is also supported along with regular HDR10, as found on most UHD Blu-ray discs and streaming services.
World’s first TV with built-in upward-firing speakers capable of delivering Dolby Atmos
The GZ2000 boasts cinematic audio with support for Dolby Atmos
The GZ2000 is the world’s first* TV with built-in upward-firing speakers capable of delivering Dolby Atmos. It uses multiple speaker units to produce an immersive spherical soundstage with Dolby Atmos content.
Dolby Atmos transports audiences from an ordinary moment into an extraordinary experience with moving audio — sound that fills the room and flows around them with breathtaking realism to create a powerfully moving entertainment experience. Audiences will feel like they are inside the action as the sounds of people, places, things, and music come alive and move throughout the space. And, because Dolby Atmos is built into the GZ2000, it’s never been easier to experience immersive audio at home.
Despite its impressively thin profile, the GZ2000 delivers a powerful and dynamic output complemented by a powerful bass. The total sound system has been tuned by engineers from Panasonic’s acclaimed audio brand, Technics, and feature Technics’s proprietary JENO Engine for accurate, refined sound.
“Together, Dolby and Panasonic are bringing best-in-class audio and imaging technology to Panasonic’s TVs,” said John Couling, Senior Vice President, commercial partnerships, “Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos perfectly complement the GZ2000’s advanced display, transforming it into an entertainment powerhouse.”
My Home Screen 4.0 takes smart TV to the next level
The GZ2000 features Panasonic’s new My Home Screen 4.0, which allows viewers to tailor the TV user interface to their own preferences with more freedom and flexibility. The layout of the home screen can be reconfigured to allow customized layouts. Access to VOD and broadcast content is also easier thanks to a redesigned GUI that includes icons for decks that provide shortcuts to live TV, connected devices and apps such as Netflix, Amazon and YouTube. Viewers can even add frequently watched TV stations to the home screen.
The GZ2000 also works with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, allowing users to operate some key TV functions, just using their voice.
Based in Newark, NJ, Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company is a division of Panasonic Corporation of North America, the principal North American subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation. The company offers a wide range of consumer solutions in the U.S. including LUMIX Digital Cameras, Camcorders, Blu-ray players, Home Audio, Technics, Cordless Phones, Home Appliances, Beauty, Grooming, Wellness and Personal Care products and more. . Panasonic was highlighted in Forbes Magazine’s Global 2000 ranking as one of the Top Ten Best Regarded Companies for 2017. The ranking is based on outstanding scores for trustworthiness, honesty with the public and superior performance of products and solutions.
Petcube has come out with the second generation of its pet watching and rewarding gadgets for absent pet parents. Both the Petcube Bites 2 camera and snack machine and Petcube Play 2 camera have Alexa built-in, so you can go hands-free and ask Alexa to fling treats, play, and more. Petcube Bites 2 and Petcube Play 2 will arrive in the spring priced at $250 and is $200 respectively.
One of the more interesting Alexa integrations to crop up during CES was Razer’s new Alexa integration with its Razer Synapse 3 IoT platform. One of the main perks is being able to control Razer’s Chroma lighting system (the software that enables all of Razer’s fun LED lighting flare on products) through Alexa voice commands, but it goes further than that. Users can also use Alexa for things like changing PC settings and launching games, and voice controls will also work for any third-party products connected through the open Chrome Connected Devices program, meaning you can also control things like Philip Hues bulbs. Always a step ahead, Razer.
Since Amazon purchased Ring, it’s no surprise that the company added Alexa voice controls to all its newly launched sensors for its Z-wave security system. There’s the Smoke & CO Listener ($35), Flood & Freeze Sensor ($35), Dome Siren ($30), and First Alert Z-Wave Smoke/CO Alarm ($40). Find more information in our coverage here.
Finally, Alexa on a keyboard. Roland’s new GO:PIANO 88 features built-in Alexa, which allows players to make keyboard adjustments hands-free, and also promises access to libraries of play-along tunes and the ability to share clips of your playing. There’s no set price yet, but the keyboard will debut at some point in late 2019.
Samsung’s QLED 2019 models will be compatible with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, meaning you’ll be able to control the TVs by using your existing Amazon Alexa devices. Available commands include turning on and off the TV, controlling the volume, opening some apps, and more. For more information check out our coverage here.
Lock firm Schlage announced a new smart lock at CES, the Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt, that is tightly integrated into the Amazon ecosystem. You can use voice controls with Alexa, enable Amazon Key deliveries with a paired Amazon Cloud Cam, and integrate it with a Ring Video Doorbell or Ring Camera to lock or unlock the door through the Ring app’s live video feed. The lock by itself costs $250 and begins shipping in March.
CES 2019: Introducing Schlage Encode—the First-Ever WiFi Enabled Deadbolt to Work with Key by Amazon and Ring Devices
Industry Leader in Smart Home Technology Debuts Next Generation Lock to Provide Homeowners an Innovative and User-Friendly Solution for Secure Access Control
LAS VEGAS (Jan. 7, 2019) – Schlage, a brand of Allegion that has been creating stylish, innovative door
hardware for more than 95 years, today announced its newest smart lock, Schlage Encode Smart WiFi
Deadbolt, at the 2019 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Featuring built-in
WiFi connectivity, Schlage Encode is the brand’s next generation smart lock to enable secure remote
access from anywhere, without the need for a hub. Schlage Encode will initially be integrated to work with
the Key app to provide homeowners with a convenient solution for access management that can be used
without a camera or hub. Schlage Encode will be on display at the Key by Amazon CES booth (#42320).
“Even with all the advancements in the category, we recognized there was still a gap in simple, secure,
high-performance and cost-effective all-in-one solutions,” said Lee Odess, vice president, solutions
providers business at Allegion, maker of Schlage locks. “Thus, Schlage Encode was designed to be the
most versatile smart lock to date to provide homeowners with one trusted device – no gateway or hub
needed – that could operate across home ecosystems and platforms and deliver the performance
consumers expect from a category leader.”
Schlage Encode is the newest connected device to enhance the brand’s portfolio of innovative smart
locks. The deadbolt is easy to install, with a quick connection to in-home WiFi, to make it even more
convenient for homeowners to have secure, remote access control. The built-in technology eliminates
the need for an additional hub – all you need is WiFi and the Key app to install and start using the lock.
Customers can choose to add an Amazon Cloud Cam to their Key Smart Lock Kit to monitor entries and
deliveries but it is not required for the Schlage Encode to work. Additionally, Ring customers will soon
be able to lock and unlock their Schlage Encode directly from the live feed of their Ring doorbell or camera
in the Ring app. Users can also enable the Key skill within their Alexa app to enjoy voice control of their
“For the past year, we’ve been thrilled to see how customers have benefited from Key by Amazon. We
started with the idea of in-home package delivery and quickly learned that our customers found peace of
mind and delight from the control Key gives them over their most important place—their homes—even
when they weren’t there themselves. We are now evolving Key to open up new possibilities,” said Rohit
Shrivastava, GM of Key by Amazon. “The Schlage Encode lock is an innovative, easy-to-use option for
any customer who wants to experience the magic of a keyless life. It makes managing access for renters,
letting the dog walker in while you’re at work, sending a grocery delivery to your elderly parent’s house,
and so much more incredibly simple – all you need is WiFi and the Key app.”
The Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt managed by Key contains several convenient features,
• Built-in WiFi so users can operate Schlage Encode from wherever they are via the Key app.
• The ability to manage multiple guest access, by creating up to 100 unique codes for recurring,
temporary or permanent access. This means customers can create unique codes with specified
schedules for guests that are only active during specified time periods.
• Ability to monitor access via customizable notifications when a code is used, or via the app activity
log to see a historical record of when the lock has been accessed.
• Optional in-home delivery for Prime members in eligible areas with the addition of the Amazon
• Voice assistant compatibility via Amazon Alexa. Customers enable the Key skill for Alexa and ask
Alexa to lock their door and check the status of their door. Homeowners can enable “Unlock by
Voice” in the Alexa App, which requires a 4-digit code when unlocking Schlage Encode.
Furthermore, Schlage will have an immense presence at CES this year, as the brand is also announcing
the Schlage Connect Smart Deadbolt with Z-Wave integration with the Ring Alarm system. Ring Alarm
customers can link the Schlage Connect Smart Deadbolt with Z-Wave to their Ring Alarm Base Station
to add access control to their Ring of Security. This enables the lock and unlock features directly through
the Ring App, and homeowners can also connect their Ring Alarm to Alexa-enabled devices for even
more control with commands like “Alexa, lock the front door.” CES attendees can check out the enhanced
Schlage Connect Smart Deadbolt with Z-Wave at the Ring Booth (#42720).
The Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt will be available in the first quarter of 2019. Visit
amazon.com/keyforhome to learn more and sign up for an email alert when Encode becomes available.
In addition to the Key Booth (#42320), the Schlage Encode will be on display at other partner booths at
CES. Integration with the Ring App will additionally be available in the first quarter of 2019. The Schlage
Connect Smart Deadbolt with Z-Wave is available for sale nationwide for $199 MSRP. For more
information, please visit www.Schlage.com.
Sony’s WH-1000XM3 noise-canceling wireless headphones will soon receive Amazon Alexa support, the company announced at CES. The same applies to older models, the WH-1000XM2 and WI-1000X, which is good news considering the popularity of Sony’s wireless noise-canceling headsets. The update will be delivered via Sony’s Headphones Connect app (version 4.1) and firmware update in the first quarter of 2019.
Arguably the most space age Alexa integration that came out of CES was Temi, a robot with a tablet for a head that will feature built-in Alexa once Amazon releases its Smart Screen and TV Device SDK. When it arrives in March for a whopping $1,500, it’ll be able to do things like move around autonomously, play videos, control smarthome hardware, and operate as a telepresence device (which was the initial concept for the device).
TP-Link announced several new smart home gadgets through its Kasa brand at CES, including smart video doorbells, in-wall outlets, light switches, and more. Most of the Kasa products are compatible with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Microsoft Cortana. For more information on availability and pricing, check out our coverage here.
Vuzix announce the consumer release of its Blade AR glasses and, guess what, they will soon feature Amazon Alexa. These clunky specs are described as a “wearable smart display” and run on Android. While Vuzix hasn’t fully completed the Alexa integration yet, it expects to be ready with the voice AI soon. The glasses are already available online for $1,000.
To cap things off, Whirlpool released a Smart Countertop Oven that recognizes the type of food you put inside using AI then sets the time and temperature needed for an optimal result. It also provides mobile notifications about cooking status, and a smart thermometer to check food is well-cooked, but obviously the coolest part of this device is that you can activate it hands-free using Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.
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