CES 2018: What To Watch For In Smart Home Tech

The latest edition of the International Consumer Electronics Show is ready to kick off next week in Las Vegas, and there are sure to be a number of smart home and security products announced at the show.

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The Internet of Things has been a major focus for many companies at CES for years now, and that doesn’t show any signs of slowing. While most companies will be waiting for the show itself — or one of the pre-show events — to debut their newest products, some news has already made its way out.

Early Announcements

Toshiba has gotten ahead of CES by introducing its new Symbio smart home device. The all-in-one device acts as a smart speaker, security system, and more. It also supports Amazon’s Alexa. We’re wondering if we’ll see more devices that offer support for multiple assistants — that includes Alexa, as well as Siri, Cortana, and Google Assistant.

Some established companies will also look to branch out and do more, if not with new devices, then with their existing products. For instance, Forbes recently revealed that Canary will focus on software in the new year. At CES, Canary will reveal a new package detection feature.

“There are billions of cameras in the world today,” Canary CEO Adam Sager told Forbes. “We think our device is the best and most beautiful, but the open platform is the future.”

For more information, read our review of the Canary All-In-One.

What’s Next?

So there may be a lot of co-mingling between different companies on different devices. It sounds complicated, but ideally, it could benefit users — rather than companies walling off every device within one ecosystem or the other, more users may be able to use more devices on more operating systems.

And while there have been some wild IoT ideas at CES grabbing a few headlines in past years — Bluetooth forks, Bluetooth toothbrushes, and more — it’s possible that the smart home era is coming into its own as a true smart home in total. And that’s why you may see more products that have no real application for security, but will focus on home.

For instance, Kohler, most likely known for its kitchen and bath products, has already announced its Kohler Konnect series. Products in the Konnect line include a smart faucet, mirror, shower, bathtub, and even a smart toilet. They’re also compatible with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple HomeKit. It may not be what we’re normally interested in at Security Baron, but it does give readers a glimpse at the possibilities to come.

To learn more, check out our review of the best home security cameras. 

Phil Dzikiy

Phil Dzikiy

Phil Dzikiy is the former editor in chief of Security Baron. Before, he has worked as a freelance writer and editor at websites like Wirecutter.com and iLounge.com along with publications like the Lockport Union Sun & Journal and the Greater Niagara Newspapers. With digital and print experience under his belt, Phil has a passion for all things technology including home security, cyber security, and the smart home. His bachelor's degree in Journalism from the University of Maryland College Park initially landed Phil his first job at the Beaver County Times, which has lead to over 15 years of experience as a journalist.

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