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The smart home gadgets at CES 2022: Light bulbs, robots and doorbells

Every facet of every thing that you do is getting “smarter.” Every year, the Consumer Electronics Show is full of smart home gadgets designed to make the basics tenets of everyday life at home a little more convenient through technology. Some of these concepts are well-known, like smart light bulbs and doorbells. Others, like “robot…

Every aspect of your life is becoming “smarter.” The Consumer Electronics Show showcases a wide range of gadgets that make everyday living at home easier. These concepts include smart lights bulbs and doorbells. Some of these concepts, such as smart light bulbs and doorbells, are well-known. Others, such as robot butlers or “robot butlers,” can be a bit more innovative. Here’s our short list of all the cool smart home gadgets and upgrades we’ve noticed coming out of CES 2022.

Masonite M-Pwr smart door

Smart locks and smart doorbells are a known commodity in 2022, so now Masonite is simply making the whole smart door. Masonite M-Pwr incorporates a Yale smart lock and Nest video doorbell. There are also a number of sensors built into the fiberglass powered door. The M-Pwr is currently only available to contractors who are building new homes. However, it is an interesting step towards integrating smart home technology into homes rather than just bolting it in after the fact.

Schlage Encode Plus smart lock

There are interesting things taking place in the more established world of doorbells and smart locks. Schlage’s new Encode Plus lock will be the first to support Apple’s Home Key feature in iOS 15, which lets iPhones and Apple Watches open door locks. (Hyatt already uses the feature to let you open hotel rooms.) You can use the Encode Plus to open the door automatically if it is within range. However, you can also add Touch ID, Face ID or a password for additional security.

Eufy Video Doorbell Dual

The Eufy Security Video Doorbell Dual is a smart doorbell that targets package theft using a dual-camera system. It features a 2K forward-facing camera that replaces your doorbell, and a second 1080p camera pointed down towards the ground in front of the door to keep an eye on your packages. At $259. 99, it’s more expensive than Eufy’s other doorbells. It also comes with two cameras.

Icon.AI Sound Mirror

Singing while you shower is a time-honored practice. I didn’t know we had to disturb it. But this is CES, so here we go. The Icon.AI Sound Mirror, also known as an “acoustic microphone,” is essentially an “acoustic mirror.” A large oval or round mirror that has an Alexa-based smart speaker. It has an IPX6 water resistance rating so it is ideal for use in the bathroom. However, it can also be used anywhere. You can ask Alexa to play music, read news and perform all other functions when connected to Wi-Fi. You can also connect it to your smartphone via Bluetooth, so that you can access any app’s audio.

Kohler H2Wise home water sensor

Sometimes, the most useful smart home gear is also the most simple. Kohler’s H2Wise is an example of a water sensor that you can attach to your plumbing in order to check for leaks. You can also use it to alert you when your pressure is too high or when they are about to freeze. In addition to the $400 self-installed version, there’s a H2Wise+ model that can shut off your water main when it detects a problem. Kohler suggests that you hire a professional to install this one as it is more complicated.

Sengled Smart Health Monitoring Light bulbs

Smart bulb company Sengled created a smart bulb that can monitor your heart rate and body temperature. It also uses AI to monitor your sleep like a fitness tracker. According to Gizmodo, the Smart Health Monitoring Bulbs use a form of radar called Frequency-Modulated Continuous Wave to track your biometrics. Multiple bulbs can be used to collect data about your home’s movement. BlueTooth/WiFi bulbs are fairly universal according to smart home standards. They can sync up with Alexa and Google as well as Apple HomeKit smart homes standards.

Labrador Retriever robot

After Amazon’s announcement of the Astro last year I accepted that robots would soon invade our homes. At CES 2022, I am comforted to know that there’s at least one robot that’s more focused on helping than being a flashy tech boondoggle. The Labrador Retriever, an AI-enabled self-driving shelf with wheels, drives around your house in pre-set intervals. The Retriever robot, which is the more expensive of the two Labrador robots can pick up a tray from an specialized base and move things around in your home. Although there is utility for all, Labrador clearly views its robots as an aid to people with mobility problems who might need assistance moving around the house.

Labrador’s two robots, Caddie and Retriever, are currently in an early testing phase. According to The Verge, t

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