One brand is dominating the CES Smart Home conversation this year

One brand is dominating the CES Smart Home conversation this year

Over the past decade or so, smart home technology has been about as prevalent as it gets at CES. It is once again the case here in 2023, with the usual flood of announcements of new devices from both big and small brands (plus some weird and wonderful). However, this year’s crop in Las Vegas has something else: Support for The casethe recently launched open source smart home standard that provides compatibility with Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, Google Home and Samsung SmartThings within a single wireless protocol.

In other words, devices that work with Matter should work with just about anything, and at CES there are all kinds of new gadgets that make just that pitch.

We’ll keep track of everything as the week progresses, including the highlights listed below, which we’ll update regularly. So let’s get straight to the new products that catch our eye:

Samsung

Coming to the US and South Korea in February, the SmartThings Station from Samsung is a small smart home hub for Matter-compatible gadgets. With built-in radios for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Zigbee and Thread, it’s capable of quarterbacking all kinds of gadgets at once, opening the door to automating them in the SmartThings app. You can also trigger any of your favorite smart home scenes by pressing, double-pressing or long-pressing the button on the top of the device. You can also program that button to make your phone ring the next time you have trouble finding it.

On top of that, the device itself acts as a 15W wireless fast charging station, and it can even send you a notification when your phone or tablet is fully charged. Prices aren’t final yet, but keep an eye out for it next month.

Read more at CNET.

Schneider Electric

Schneider Home energy management system

Schneider Electric’s Wiser app offers a central place to manage its connected energy devices, called Schneider Home. A Schneider Home system can include a home backup battery, solar inverter, smart electrical panel, electric vehicle charger and connected electrical sockets and light switches, although the system can also be installed piecemeal.

From the central app, users can control power consumption at the switch or switch and socket level. They can set charging schedules for electric cars to take advantage of lower electricity prices and set different combinations of outlets, switches and switches to turn off and on in presets such as “away”.

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Components of the Schneider Home system will be available throughout 2023. Full pricing information is not yet available.

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GE Lighting

GE Lighting Dynamic Effects Smart Lights

GE Lighting was sold to Savant a few years back, but the brand has stayed busy ever since, with a wide range of smart lights for the growing Cync range. This year brought a number of new lights into the mix, including several Dynamic Effects lights that promise to put out multiple colors at once while syncing to music or showing off other preset effects. Expected in stores in March, prices for the new lineup should range from $20 to $200.

Most interesting among the new lights may be the Neon Rope pictured above, which functions as a multicolored string lamp that you can bend into interesting, artistic shapes for a quick wall decoration. Other products hitting stores later this year include hexagonal wall panels, disc-shaped multi-color “Smart Wafer” downlights and standard-shaped bulbs capable of outputting a gradient mix of multiple colors simultaneously.

As for Matter, GE Lighting says new versions of its Direct Connect smart bulbs and smart plugs will sync with the standard later this year, with other new devices to follow. However, over-the-air Matter updates are not in the cards for older generation Cync devices, which may come as a disappointment to anyone who has already bought into the platform.

Read more at CNET.

Ring

Ring’s latest smart home gadget is actually another camera — but it’s not one you want to put on or in your home. Instead, there’s a dashcam called the Ring Car Cam that promises to keep an eye on things both in and around your vehicle. With built-in Wi-Fi, it’s capable of uploading motion-activated clips from the dual-facing cameras whenever you park within range of your home Wi-Fi network – from there you’ll be able to monitor the footage straight from the Ring app. You can also tell it to start recording several minutes of footage just by saying “Alexa, record.” LTE connectivity is available with a monthly subscription, allowing you to receive notifications, engage in two-way conversation or monitor the live feed while your car is out on the road.

Expected to start shipping in February, the Ring Car Cam is set to retail for $250, or $200 if you take advantage of early bird pre-order pricing, which is open now.

Read more at CNET.

Masonite

Masonite M-Pwr Smart Door

Last year, at CES 2022, we named the Masonite M-Pwr Smart Door one of the five most interesting products from the show floor. It was early days for the yet-to-be-released product, but the fully powered design, complete with built-in motion-activated LED welcome lighting, plus a smart lock and battery-free Ring Video Doorbell had us intrigued.

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This year, Masonite tells us the door is finally on its way to retail — Home Depot, to be specific, where it will be available nationwide in a variety of designs later this year. Just be prepared to splurge, because this nifty smart door is set to retail for a whopping $6,500, making it one of the most expensive smart home gadgets available in stores.

LG

MoodUp Refrigerator from LG

Do you need a fridge that lights up and plays music? You are lucky. One of LG’s new products at CES this year is the MoodUp Refrigerator, which is almost certainly the flashiest refrigerator on the market. With LED panels on the door that can display over 19,000 color combinations, it is an appliance that can set the mood, change color with the seasons and always match the kitchen decor. It’s also equipped with a Bluetooth speaker and the colors can even sync with your music. It’s all controlled through LG’s ThinQ mobile app.

The door panels in front of the fridge side can also become transparent, eliminating those energy-wasting moments in front of an open fridge deciding what you want to eat. It seems like a really useful feature, but we’ll see how much consumers need to spend for it when the fridge hits retail.

Read more at CNET.

Samsung

Samsung bespoke kitchen appliances

Samsung’s new Bespoke AI Wall Oven, part of the new Bespoke range, comes with an internal camera that can share photos and videos of your food straight to social media while it’s cooking. It will also send you warnings if your food is about to burn. It is AI-trained to recognize and recommend cooking temperatures and times for 80 dishes (and 106 in Europe).

Samsung also introduced three customized refrigerators, including a 4-door Flex refrigerator that has a 32-inch touchscreen on the top right and a camera inside that lets you see the contents of the refrigerator without opening the door. The touchscreen also lets you manage multiple apps at once, view photos, or act as a “communication and entertainment center,” according to Samsung. Again, prices have yet to be determined, but these high-end smart devices definitely won’t be cheap.

Read more at CNET.

Govee

Govee Gaming Sync lights and strip lights

This strip light, which earned second billing to Govee’s game sync box at CES this year, is the first Matter-compatible offering from the smart lighting company. Like some of the other companies rolling out new Matter gear, Govee will not make older versions of its products compatible with the standard because “Matter has upgraded hardware chip requirements,” a company press release said.

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Govee’s other offering syncs colored lights with the movies and video games playing on your TV. It’s AI-powered and promises negligible lag and customized light displays for performance in certain video games.

Read more at CNET.

Roborock

Robot vacuum cleaners in the Roborock S8 series

Roborock, a leading robotic vacuum cleaner company, introduced new models at CES this year, including its most powerful robovac yet. The Roborock S8 series is a follow-up to the S7 series.

The S8 series vacuums have 6,000 Pascal suction power – the highest figure from a Roborock robot vacuum to date – and introduce a second rubber brush for better sweeping. They vacuum, wipe, avoid obstacles, recognize carpets and raise mops to keep them dry and map your home for faster cleaning.

The S8 Ultra Pro vacuum cleaner also comes with an extra mop pad and the new RockDock Ultra docking system, which cleans and dries the mop to prevent mold growth.

The S8 series will be available for purchase in April 2023 and will start at $750. The S8 Plus (includes a dock) and S8 Ultra Pro (includes Rock Dock Ultra) will sell for more.

Roborock also introduced a manual wet-dry vacuum called the Dyad Pro, an improved iteration of the Dyad. It can withstand both wet and dry spills and will also clean and dry itself when docked. The Dyad Pro will retail for $450 starting this month.

Lockly

Lockly, known for its smart locks, introduced a smart safe at CES 2023 that lets you lock and unlock it from your phone, anywhere in the world. From the mobile app, you can also see its open/closed status and receive tamper alerts.

If you already have other Lockly locks, you can easily transfer fingerprints to the safe and coordinate locking for times when you need to lock everything at once. The safe works with Lockly’s Secure Link hub, which allows remote access.

The smart safe starts at $350 and will be available in spring 2023.

Stay tuned for all of CNET’s CES coverage.

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