The marquee tech event, CES (Consumer Electronics Show), has once again met in Las Vegas to preview the intelligent instruments we can expect over the next year-plus.
Smart home gadgets are no stranger to this sci-fi-like showcase, and we’ve selected a few of our favorite devices that made their debuts at CES 2020.
LG ThinQ Smart Door
Smart locks? What is this, the Paleozoic Era? LG has taken homefront security further with the ThinQ Smart Door, a wonderwall of welcoming technology.
This shiny monolith includes multiple biometric security features, scanning owners’ palms and face before granting access through the portal—and that’s just the start. The ThinQ Smart Door offers a solution for package theft, providing two receptacles (one for regular packages, one for perishables) built in to the door, which owners can control remotely for delivery services. Users can also access these receptacles on the interior of the door—an interior that is a mirrored smart screen, displaying time, temperature, news and receptacle contents—thus negating the need to go outside to get your latest package delivery.
LG has not announced pricing or a release date for the ThinQ Smart Door.
Samsung is deeply aware that for many, their second screen—their smart phone—is rapidly becoming their first screen and has developed a TV with that in mind. Introducing the Sero, a 47-inch 4K QLED TV screen that connects to your phone and—for Android users—automatically rotates 90 degrees to Portrait mode, allowing owners to view popular app-based content like TikTok and Instagram in the proper perspective.
Samsung says the Sero should be available later this year in the U.S. and the U.K., but has not given any indication on pricing. The TV is currently available in Korea, where it’s priced at KRW1.89 million (US$1,600).
As you know, we have declared 2020 the year of streaming, but who is going to help you manage 10 (or more) disparate streaming services? Enter Dabby. A tablet-like touchscreen that’s controllable by voice command, Dabby connects to your TV via dongle and uses an AI-based search engine to crawl the web for whatever entertainment option you request, displaying the services you subscribe to first, but presenting all your options for watching “Gremlins 2: The New Batch,” for example. In addition to offering an easy way to search the ever-growing number of streaming services, Dabby keeps tabs on the services you are subscribed to, letting you see how much you pay for each—and more importantly—how much you use them.
Dabby will start shipping in the U.S. in March and is available for pre-order now for $400.
Think Star Wars’ BB-8 is BB-Great? Then you’ll want Ballie. This intelligent orb from Samsung is an A.I. Assistant—think Google Assistant or Amazon
—that can navigate your home, interacting with you and your other smart home devices, like a rolling robotic butler. In addition to dimming the lights or activating your Roomba, Ballie is equipped with a camera, allowing users to remotely keep tabs on what is transpiring in their homes.
Samsung has not yet released a price or timeline for Ballie’s market debut.