CES 2019 has been flooring 0 for a dizzying array of hooked up gadgets—and if we’re being fair, we simplest noticed a fragment of what the display has to supply. It’s simply that massive. However we did observe down lots of the new product releases in TechHive’s wheelhouse, and now we’re able to proportion our alternatives for the Easiest of CES.
To win a Easiest of CES award, a product has to turn distinctive promise and technical innovation—however do be mindful those aren’t ultimate critiques. So please test again all the way through the 12 months as we check this tools, and factor ultimate overview verdicts.
Ring Good Lighting fixtures
Ring introduced a complete new vary of sensible lighting fixtures at CES, and it integrates in point of fact neatly into an present Ring safety device. The road features a floodlight, a focus, pathway lighting fixtures and step lighting fixtures, and all function movement detectors. As with every safety gentle, when movement is detected, the sunshine will transfer on. However with Ring’s new lighting, the magic comes by the use of networking. Customers can set the Ring app in order that when one movement detector catches motion, the entire lighting come on and Ring video cameras can be programmed to begin recording.
This implies the lighting can be utilized to create a far better movement detection zone round a space, whilst additionally making the valuables glance nicer—and guests get extra protection lighting fixtures. Our 2nd favourite function of the lighting is the associated fee. They vary from $18 for the step gentle to $70 for the stressed floodlight, which is lovely cheap. Ring additionally has a wise transformer that may exchange an present stressed panorama lighting fixtures transformer so lighting will also be switched off and on with the Ring device. They’ll all be to be had in March.
Array by means of Hampton Attached Lock
We lined the Array by means of Hampton Attached Lock when it used to be introduced closing fall, and now it’s delivery. The Array solves two problems that may befuddle many house owners. First, this sensible door lock connects without delay for your Wi-Fi community, so that you don’t want a sensible house hub or every other product to make the most of its connectivity. 2d, it has a chargeable battery, which is superb as a result of Wi-Fi adapters are power-hungry devils. With the Array, you by no means wish to fear concerning the battery going useless as a result of there’s a sun panel at the face of the lock that helps to keep the battery endlessly crowned off.
Slide the sun panel up and also you’ll discover a numeric keypad with buttons made of steel—no longer the everyday delicate rubber belongings you’ll in finding on many different locks. The buttons also are backlit with blue LEDs to lead them to simple to peer at midnight. Good locks are everywhere the CES 2019 display flooring, however the Array is probably the most spectacular.
TP-Hyperlink Archer 11000 Wi-Fi 6 Gaming Router
The Wi-Fi Alliance gained’t get started its certification procedure till later this 12 months, however in the event you’re a gamer itching to get right into a Wi-Fi 6 router (aka 801.11ax), TP-Hyperlink’s Archer AX11000 seems like it’ll ship the products. Its competitive commercial design, with daring purple accents on its 8 antennas, hits the entire proper notes. However it’s what’s beneath the hood that makes this router cook dinner. Its tri-band Wi-Fi chipset can ship blistering wi-fi speeds: 1,148Mbps of wi-fi throughput on its 2.4GHz community and a whopping four,804Mbps on either one of its 5GHz networks.
In case you’re fortunate sufficient to have an excessively high-speed broadband connection, this router has a 2.5Gbps WAN port, and there are 8 1Gbps LAN ports so you’ll host stressed LAN events with pals. USB-C three.zero and USB-A three.zero ports are onboard to make it simple to proportion rapid garage over your community.
Samsung’s 75-inch micro-LED TV
Samsung’s “The Wall” collection TVs provoke with their gargantuan dimension, however let’s be actual—they’re no longer one thing customers are ever prone to put of their houses. That’s why we’re excited to peer the corporate on the brink of be offering the micro-LED generation that makes “The Wall” conceivable in a more attainable 75-inch form factor. That’s still very big (and it could be very expensive), but it’s a TV that mere mortals can at least aspire to own.
Micro-LEDs are self-emitting, just like OLEDs, and they offer nearly all the benefits of OLED: deep blacks, rich color, no backlight, and great off-axis viewing. But they also deliver those benefits without any of the drawbacks associated with OLED. Micro-LEDs are not organic, so there shouldn’t be any issues with image burn-in, and they should have a longer useful life than OLED.
Emphasis on “should” here. The technology isn’t yet ready for retail, so we don’t know what other drawbacks might materialize. But what we saw at CES left us slack-jawed.
Netatmo Smart Video Doorbell
This upcoming video doorbell from Netatmo has something every security camera consumer will love: a lack of monthly fees. It’s secret is an internal microSD card slot for storing video locally rather than on the cloud. You can still access video remotely, but you play it back from the camera rather than from a remote server. If you must have cloud storage, you can set up the doorbell to put files in a personal Dropbox account or on an FTP server. The same scheme is available for Netatmo’s indoor and outdoor security cameras, and it works well.
The doorbell’s camera has the widest voltage support of any we’ve seen: 8 to 230 volts, so it can be hooked up to almost any AC supply available. All the other standard functions are present, including high-definition video, night vision, and two-way talk. And it’s one of the first video doorbells with Apple HomeKit support. The Netatmo Smart Video Doorbell is due in the second half of 2019 and will cost between $250 and $300.
The Ecovacs Atmobot is one of the first smart gadgets that focuses on improving the greater environmental aspects of your home. It’s a cross between a portable home air filter and a robot vacuum cleaner, and will autonomously navigate around you home, measure the air quality in each room, and filter it if required. Ecovacs has put the same smarts into the Atmobot as it uses in its robot vacuum cleaners: a laser distance sensor and ultrasonic sensors that enable the Atmobot to map and navigate around a home. Once air quality is deemed adequate, it will navigate to another location and start its cleaning process all over again.
Inside the Atmobot is a four-layer HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter and a three-speed fan to filter and clean the air. During a demonstration at CES, the Atmobot appeared to act quickly and efficiently. The Atmobot will be available later in the year, but pricing wasn’t announced.
LG 65-inch rollable OLED TV
We love LG’s OLED TV R9 because it could change the way people design their living spaces—and it’s super cool. The TV is based on a flexible OLED display panel attached to a mechanism that raises and lowers it from a base unit on demand. If you remember old-style projector screens, then you’ll get the idea… but imagine that concept with a brilliant 65-inch OLED display. TV makers have been promising rollable screens for years, but they’ve never really delivered. Until now.
When it’s fully extended it looks just like a regular TV, but it can be rolled back inside the base unit when not being used. That means a large, black void will no longer dominate your room. There’s also a clever setting where the top third of the screen remains visible and can be used as a visual interface for a music player, clock, or some other type of content. LG didn’t announce a price (though it’s sure to be expensive!), and it will be available in the second half of 2019.
Netgear Orbi With Wi-Fi 6
Gamers aren’t the only people who’ll benefit from Wi-Fi 6 routers. Streaming audio and video over your wireless network—especially high-resolution audio and 4K video—can be too difficult for the current generation of Wi-Fi gear to handle. And mesh networks are our top recommendation for most homes. So it’s exciting to see Netgear embrace Wi-Fi 6 on its powerful Orbi Wi-Fi mesh router.
The new Netgear Orbi With Wi-Fi 6 will support 12 concurrent data streams to deliver four times the capacity per node as its previous top-shelf mesh system. The tri-band router will also have second 5GHz network supporting four spatial streams in each direction dedicated to data backhaul. If your ISP is delivering gigabit internet to your home, Netgear says this router will deliver that speed wirelessly everywhere in your home. We can’t wait to get our hands on one of these for benchmarking.
Cambridge Audio ALVA TT turntable
The surging popularity of turntables isn’t just a matter of nostalgia. Indeed, you don’t need to be an audiophile to hear the warmth and character that the old-school analog technology can deliver. Digital audio, on the other hand, is so much more convenient, especially in its wireless forms. Enter Cambridge Audio, which blends the best of both worlds with its ALVA TT direct-drive turntable.
This precisely manufactured device—the plinth is milled from a single piece of aluminum, as is the one-piece tonearm—digitizes audio as it plays your vinyl and streams the music over Bluetooth to an amplifier, powered speakers, or headphones in 24-bit/96kHz resolution. The key is support for Qualcomm’s aptX HD codec, so the device receiving the stream must also support aptX HD to get the highest performance, but it will work with any Bluetooth device. The demos we heard at CES blew us away. If you want to keep everything old-school, the ALVA TT also has analog RCA stereo outputs, but you don’t need to sacrifice quality for convenience.
ConnectSense Smart Outlet
Smart Plugs are convenient, especially for apartment dwellers, but in-wall smart outlets look so much more polished. ConnectSense makes one of our favorite smart plugs, and now the company coming out with a smart in-wall outlet in both 15- and 20-amp configurations. And the company went above and beyond to deliver more than what most people expect from this type of product.
Each of the receptacles in the duplex outlet can be turned on and off independent of the other, and touch-sensitive buttons let you do the same with your fingertip. There’s support for both Wi-Fi and ZigBee, so you can use the outlet with or without a smart home hub, and the device is HomeKit compatible, too. There’s support for both Alexa and Google Assistant, so you can control it with voice commands. The ConnectSense app tracks and reports how much energy the outlet consumes, and it will monitor its temperature and warn you if it exceeds a defined ceiling. ConnectSense has the most innovative smart outlet we’ve seen.
Maximus Answer Video Doorbell
What’s better than a video camera in a doorbell? Two video cameras! Maximus has the first dual-camera video doorbell, and it looks pretty neat. The top camera faces out to capture an image that isn’t much different from any video doorbell. But the bottom one is unique—it’s angled downward to capture a full image of the ground wherever it’s mounted.
The driving force for this new feature is the large number of package thefts from porches. With the Maximus Answer, you’ll be able to see not only if a package was delivered, but also check to see if it’s still sitting on your porch. It might also be useful to spot anything under adult waist height, like small kids or animals. Maximus says it will launch the Answer in May or June this year, and it will cost about $189.
Pria home healthcare digital assistant
When we hear Black & Decker, we think of power tools and home appliances, not healthcare and the smart home. That changed after our Pria demo. It’s like a smart display—an Echo Show or JBL Link View, for instance—but it’s much more specialized. It’s designed to help elderly folks stay in their homes (a concept known as “aging in place”) by enabling the younger generation to monitor their activity in a minimally invasive way.
Pria is HIPAA compliant and does everything from video calls to automatically dispensing medication according to dosing instructions. It sends push notifications to the remote caregiver regarding medication adherence, so that interactions with the person being cared for are welcomed social events and not dreaded nag sessions. Used in conjunction with Black & Decker’s Omni mesh Wi-Fi system, Pria can even monitor a person’s movements around the home, so the caregiver is notified if someone enters but doesn’t leave the bedroom or bathroom, for example. This looks like a great product for those who need it.