The Consumer Electronics Show is one of the coolest times of the year! Many of our favourite tech giants (think Samsung and Apple) always unveil their latest ground-breaking gadgets, while newer entrants to the tech scene try to make a splash.
This year had hundreds upon hundreds of cool, weird, and amazing new tech gadgets were shown, but what really stood out to us were the gadgets that are trying to make our homes “smarter” and more connected. Things like the Nest thermostat, which most of us have probably heard of by this point, and a coffee pot you control with your phone.
We decided to compile our top 4 favourite Smart-Home Gadgets of CES 2015.
Welcome to the future.
1. The August Connect
The August Connect builds on August’s already great SmartLock. “How?”, you might ask. The August Connect plugs into an outlet near the SmartLock to provide the lock with a WiFi signal. With the lock connected to the internet, you can check on the status of your lock at anytime, from anywhere, or even unlock the door for the cable guy while you’re on vacation. Very cool!
2. The Ring to Rule Them All
Excuse our Lord of The Rings reference. It had to be done. This has to be one of the coolest high-tech gadgets we stumbled upon. Essentially, you can control many different devices in your home, all with the gesture of your finger. Check out the video above to see what we mean.
3. Brewing Beer in your Kitchen?
Now this one may not make your home “smarter”, but it will definitely make your parties have a little extra pizazz! The PicoBrew Zymatic is a relatively small home brewing system that can brew around 3 gallons of fresh beer for you in about 4 hours. It can be controlled via a connected smartphone with its WiFi capabilities. It can even access 100s of recipes in PicoBrew’s cloud-hosted library. Cheers to that!
4. Lightbulbs That Stop Intruders?
Last but not least, the Sengled Snap lightbulb. This one takes the cake. Not only does this lightbulb have WiFi capabilities, and the ability to do such things as turn on your stereo system, but it has facial recognition capabilities. That’s right; facial recognition. This lightbulb has a built in security camera that can record video and a microphone that can pick up any sounds. Home security just got a lot brighter!