Is Your Home Smarter Than You? It Could Be

Karin Carr, Owner
Published on December 17, 2018

Have you ever stocked up on groceries for a week’s worth of recipes and then forgotten which of them you’d intended to follow?

If you owned an LG InstaView ThinQ Refrigerator, it would’ve reminded you. This smart ‘fridge was but one of the many home tech creations on view at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Some of the others we found intriguing include: 

Tetra Dishwasher

Described as “a compact, connected dishwasher with 10-minute, half-gallon cycles,” Tetra is also downright gorgeous.

While we predict it will be popular with those with tiny kitchens, the fact that it requires no plumbing (water is poured in manually) “and can be placed and used anywhere with a standard electrical outlet,” may put it in demand for even the owner of a full-size kitchen with a small family.

See Tetra at work at 

Smart plumbing fixtures

We’ve used smart plumbing fixtures for years in public restrooms – toilets that flush automatically and faucets that stream water as soon as a hand is placed beneath it.

Now that same tech idea is available in our homes, only better. How many times has the cooking goo you want to get off your hands ended up on the faucet’s handle? With voice-sensing fixtures, it’s now hands-free and oh, so clean.

Check out Delta’s Wi-Fi-connected and Alexa-powered Touch2O smart faucet.

Is Your Home Smarter Than You? It Could Be

Brilliant home security

Deep Sentinel is revolutionizing home security by pairing “Artificial Intelligence with human intervention.” It starts by establishing a security perimeter around your home and then the smart cameras, motion sensors, extra loud siren, two-way speakers, and “AI processing hub” all work together to defend it.

Rolling out this winter, Deep Sentinel’s equipment package is selling now for $299 (the early bird special, otherwise plan on spending $399) and the Monthly Surveillance Subscription is priced at $49.99. Learn more about how to purchase the system here.

Check the weather while you shave

The stuff of sci-fi movies just a few years ago, Alexa and Google Assistant are added to mirrors, smoke alarms, and more.

Bathroom and kitchen product giant Kohler Co., introduced the Verdera Voice-Lighted Mirror, with Alexa built-in. Use your voice to control the lighting, check the traffic while you shave, or apply your makeup in the morning without putting up with the clutter of a TV or radio on the bathroom counter.

Intelligent Alarm

Your home security system is the one thing that, if there is one thing you WANT to be smart about, it’s going to be, and there is no shortage of options here. You have the ability to tailor what is being monitored and control it from virtually any location, regardless of whether it is being done indoors, outdoors, or a combination of the two.

Both Vivint and SimpliSafe are good choices for this scenario; however, the price of the former is less than one hundred dollars while that of the latter is rather greater. You are not required to make advantage of the optional monthly monitoring subscriptions that come with each of these alarms.

But what’s even better is the personal monitoring, which includes cameras that you can check in on from your phone or the computer at your place of business at any moment to see what’s going on. In the event of a critical situation, you can also get notifications sent to your phone.

This is a gift from heaven if you have young children or elderly parents living with you at home.

The next Consumer Electronics Show happens in January so we’ll keep you posted on what’s new and exciting in smart home technology.

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