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Once upon a time, using voice-activated lighting and video phones at home seemed like an impossibility. Innovators, however, have caught us up with tomorrow, and many of us have incorporated Jetsons technologies into our everyday lives. And no one’s stopping now.
The world’s top manufacturers and promising start-up companies showed off the next best products for the home—and beyond—at last week’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. To help those who couldn’t attend, NJ HOME highlights five gadgets that drew plenty of oohs and aahs from CES visitors. We bet you didn’t know you wanted a smart ceiling skylight or a transparent television set in your house…until now.
Kohler Anthem+ Smart Shower Valves and Controls. Create a spa-like experience in your bathroom with this system, which lets you control the temperature, pressure and more of up to 12 outlets of water. But you can set the mood through more than just water, as the system also allows users to change light, sound and steam. If you don’t have the remote control handy, the system can connect to smartphones, tablets, Google Home and Amazon Alexa. Starting at $2,000.
EcoFlow Delta Pro Ultra. You may have solar panels connected to a battery that powers your home, but the battery is likely a large, seemingly-immoveable box. The new EcoFlow battery doesn’t need a special mount and it’s very portable (it has wheels too), meaning you can take power to-go—a camping trip, for instance. A single unit can be used as a back-up energy source during blackouts or a primary power source for the entire home. $5,799.
Baracoda BMind Mirror. Stop asking your mirror who’s the fairest of them all—this new device will automatically tell you. Considered the world’s first AI-powered smart mirror, BMind is a health companion that uses artificial intelligence to identify your mood and offer you recommendations to help you manage stress and ease anxiety. Approximately $500–$1,000.
Philips Home Access 5000 Smart Deadbolt. Forget traditional keys, fobs and even your smartphone. Never get locked out of your home again with Philips’s palm-reading door lock, the brand’s latest in home security. The device, believed to be the first to use palm recognition, makes entering and exiting a home easy and convenient—though the locks can also be opened using old-school methods. $360.
Nanoleaf Skylight. We love traditional skylights, but let’s face it: Many are tough to clean and the view is limited. Smart light maker Nanoleaf solves those problems—and you don’t have to cut a hole in the ceiling—with its Skylight, one of the company’s first indoor illumination devices. Instead of a window, Skylight is made of cool and warm white light panels that mount flush with the ceiling. They feature more than 16 million colors and scenes, including a natural sky, so your room can be filled with virtually any light you desire. $250 for a three pack.
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