Teach Your Home to be Smarter

When you decide it is time to make some updates to your Denver home, one of the popular trending options (besides a new color scheme, of course) is adding some automation to your appliances. At CES 2018, using virtual assistants in as many ways possible is one of the biggest themes of the show.

Instead of giving commands to a smart speaker like the Amazon Echo or Google Home, companies are developing a central touchscreen tablet that is shared by the whole household to control their gadgets.

In this post, it is explained that Google has partnered with some companies to create these smart displays:

Connectivity is King at CES 2018

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In an effort to catch up, Google already introduced the Google Home to compete with the Amazon Echo speaker, and followed up with the smaller Home Mini, which is similar to the Echo Dot. With the smart displays, Google will now have an even larger lineup of competing electronics.

Google worked to ensure that consumers wouldn’t view smart displays as simply a tablet on a stand, and hopefully instead as an entirely new product category. While the devices may have a similar appearance to tablets, they don’t have a web browser or 4G LTE cellular connection and need to be plugged in at all times so their microphones can continually listen for the wake words “Hey Google” or “OK Google.”

The devices make up for those lost features by providing larger and better speakers than a tablet, improved connections to many smart home devices and an array of microphones to pick up your voice from across the room. Seshu Madhavapeddy, a Qualcomm vice president, said his company worked with Google to create two new chips for these devices to amp up these capabilities.

Google takes on Echo Show with four new smart displays

Some examples of how these smart assistants are being integrated are:

  • Lights
  • Doorbells
  • Cameras
  • Windows and window blinds
  • Heating and Air Conditioning
  • Clocks
  • Speakers
  • Smoke detectors

There are also smart appliances available such as coffee pots, microwaves, ovens, and hot water heaters.

However, who would have thought it could be connected to how your home smells? Check out this video that is basically your Sensi on steroids:

When you consider the possibilities, it is mind-boggling. The idea that lamps will project an image down on the base which turns into an interactive touchscreen, dishwashers that notify your phone when the cycle is finished, or smoke detectors that shut your stove down if a problem is detected is intriguing, to say the least.

Wireless capabilities with home security are allowing the average homeowner to install their own security cameras, keeping the cost of installation and maintenance down.

This video created by Consumer Reports provides the highlights and lowlights of CES 2018 as well as some predictions for the coming year:

Smart home apps and assistants are infiltrating the bathroom as well by customizing the perfect temperature, shower length,  and pressure. Connectivity is king, and change is coming whether you like it or not. I think I’ll like it!