This year, manufacturers at the CES 2014 seem to be more focused on practical technological applications.
Unlike the past years, the manufacturers have tried to make their home devices more practical, simple, useful, secure, and affordable.
Iris Home Management System from Lowe uses a cloud-based remote interface to allow homeowners to supervise and manage different features of their home. The users can also log in to the system by using a connected smartphone app or a Web browser.
Previously, the system had motion sensors, thermostats, and cameras. Now, the company has added a connected water shut-off valve and a garage door opener. You can manage all the features from your phone.
An Iris user has to use Lowe’s accessories but a similar system from Revolv integrates third-party smart devices like Yale locks, the Nest thermostat, Philips Hue LEDs, and Sonos wireless speakers.
A home has to be safe and secure and to ensure that, Alarm.com has brought an improved version of their home security system. Previously, the plug-and-play system was consisted of window locks, webcams, and motion sensors. Now, the company has added a Wellness program, designed to take care of the elderly people, to its security suite. It will supervise changes in their regular routine and contact their near ones if something seems to be wrong.
Another home security system is smart locks. Lock-maker Kwikset is ruling in this sector with its Kevo system, consisting of smartphone control, automobile-style key fobs, and regular metal keys. The system can be used just like a regular lock too.
Before the CES 2014, LG revealed the specifications of its HomeChat in a press release. Now, it showed the system practically at the CES. Using the system in appliances will allow communicating through text, using natural voice for notifications and commands.
You can literally text your appliances by using this system and they will reply. LG manufactures this system to add extra functionality to appliances.