CES 2015 is now in full swing and expectedly replete with connected product announcements. Below is a quick recap of what's been announced thus far. It's left as an exercise for the reader to determine what's useful vs. gimmicky but there is no doubt that many big companies are taking the Internet of Things (IoT) and connected products seriously.
- The D-Link automation hub for Z-Wave and WiFi devices and a new line of Z-Wave accessories including motion sensors, security cameras and water leak sensors.
- BeeWi's home automation platform and line of smart devices and modular sensors/trackers.
- Samsung's next generation SmartThings automation hub and paid home monitoring service.
- The Nest thermostat becomes more of a hub as it integrates with products from LG, Philips and Withings.
- New Belkin WeMo devices including a door-and-window sensor, keychain tracker, motion detector, water efficiency monitor and alarm sensor.
- The Misfit Bolt - a $50 color LED WiFi smart bulb that and can last 20 years.
- The Brio smart power outlet.
- The Honeywell Lyric security system - their second Lyric product after their Nest competitor thermostat.
- The Schlage Sense voice-controlled smart lock with mobile device control.
- The Netatmo Welcome connected camera with facial recognition.
- The Kwiket Kevo Plus service for remotely controlling its connected door locks.
- The Parrot H2O and Pot connected plant watering system.
Appliances & Media
- Samsung's announcement that by 2017 they will make 90% of their products IoT connected; 100% within 5 years.
- GE's new Profile line of connected appliances including a dishwasher, fridge, laundry combo, oven and water heater that can be controlled from a mobile device.
- Android TV sets from Philips, Sharp and Sony.
- The new Google Cast audio standard for streaming music to connected speakers.
- Dacor's Android-based ovens that can be controlled via voice through a mobile device.
- Reponsive Surface Technology's ReST bed that automatically tracks sleep and adjusts its surface as you toss and turn.
- The Lynx SmartGrill that can automatically adjust temperature and send alerts your mobile device.
- Anova's WiFi-enabled sous vide cooker that lets you set temperatures remotely through a mobile device.
- There were more fitness-related wearables announcements than you could shake a stick at.
- The Intel Curie connected wearable hardware platform.
- The Connected Cycle bicycle pedal that can transmit your bike's location and track fitness.
Infant & Elderly
- The Pacifi smart pacifier that tracks a baby's temperature over Bluetooth.
- The TempTraq Bluetooth-enabled thermometer patch that can be monitored from a mobile device.
- The mamaRoo Bluetooth-enabled electric baby rocker
- The Siemens smart hearing aid that can automatically kill background noise and control microphone direction through a mobile device.