CES

CES 2019: Smart homes may come in a few years — VIDEO

Updated January 13, 2019 - 9:07 pm

Smart homes might be in the not-so-distant future.

At Haier’s smart home exhibit at CES, the Chinese consumer electronics company displayed a variety of smart appliances that could make lives easier, including a stove that can read a pan’s temperature, a washing machine that can read tags and determine the best wash settings and a mirror that can suggest an outfit.

All of this technology was only on display at this year’s show, but Haier exhibitors expect it to become a part of day-to-day life in many homes in only a couple years.

“(It’s) us taking a lot of little things and taking them off your plate,” said John Ouseph, a U.S. tech leader for smart home solutions at Haier. The devices “save bits of time, so that allows you at the end of the day to have more time to spend with your family.”

Ouseph said the smart homes of the future will incorporate artificial intelligence into a variety of appliances.

“If it starts to understand your intent and learn from you and give helpful suggestions to save time or make life more comfortable, that ultimately is what the smart home is about,” he said.

There are a number of smart appliances already out on the market — more than 53 million Americans own smart speakers, for example — but Ouseph said increased automation isn’t akin to a smart home.

“I can control my home: the lights, the thermostat, all this from my app. But is it truly a smart home?” Ouseph said. “That’s (based on) your definition.”

But it’s only a matter of time before he believes most American houses will be considered smart homes.

“I hope within the next couple of years,” he said. “Each year, we make leaps and bounds. … When I look at what we did in 2013 versus what we do today, there’s a tremendous amount of improvement. A lot of technology advancements.”

Kitchen hub

The 2019 convention, which ran Tuesday through Friday, showed a variety of devices that could make life easier at home. There was a $300 robot window cleaner from Coayu, a $99 robot that helps pets exercise from VARRAM and even a $7,000 smart toilet from Kohler.

At Haier’s exhibit, all of the appliances were controlled via a kitchen hub, a kitchen vent with a screen that hangs above a home’s oven. The Android-based device is similar to a tablet and is slated to be released in May for $1,199.

Other smart Haier technology included a door lock that can be controlled via fingerprint or keypad, a closet that can recognize different clothing and help users manage their wardrobe and a cabinet that can sterilize, deodorize, dry and warm shoes.

These devices — aside from the kitchen hub — currently are only available in China.

“A lot of technology is in China, and we can modify the technology and bring it to the United States,” Ouseph said. “I think it just depends on what the pull is from the U.S. market.”

Robots’ place

Robots are also expected to play a big role in future homes, according to Ian Bernstein, founder of Colorado-based personal robotics company Misty Robotics.

“Our big goal’s to put a robot in every home and office,” Bernstein said. However, “that’s pretty far out.”

Bernstein said it’s hard to create robots today that match the costs expected by consumers. Aside from vacuum cleaners like the Roomba, the robotics space has seen little success entering the household appliance market.

“Today, the things that we’re looking at are … security and companionship and elder care,” Bernstein said.

Ouseph said that overall, technological advancements to smart appliances will make lives easier for homeowners.

“That’s there to help you. It’s not there to replace you,” he said. “It’s there to make you more comfortable. At the end of the day, that, to me, is what makes it a smart home.”

Contact Bailey Schulz at bschulz@reviewjournal.com or 702-303-0233. Follow @bailey_schulz on Twitter.

Business
Dig This opens new location In Las Vegas
Remember when you were a kid and played with construction toys in the sand box? Dig This Las Vegas has the same idea, except instead of toy bulldozers, you get to play with the real thing. (Mat Luschek/Review-Journal)
Town Square developer Jim Stuart building again in Las Vegas
Las Vegas’ real estate bubble took developers on a wild ride, something Jim Stuart knows all too well. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Salon opens at Veterans Village
T.H.E. Salon, owned by Nicole Christie, celebrated their opening at the Veterans Village with a ribbon cutting ceremony.
Southwest Airlines considering Las Vegas-Hawaii flights
Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly says the airline is "very focused" on Hawaii. Hawaiians have a strong presence in Las Vegas.The city’s unofficial status is “Hawaii’s ninth island.” In 2018, at least 2,958 people from Hawaii moved to Nevada. Of those, 88.7 percent moved into Clark County, according to driver license surrender data. According to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, 310,249 people came to Las Vegas from Hawaii in 2018.
Fewer Nevadans are celebrating Valentine's Day
Fewer Nevadans are celebrating Valentine's Day. About 1.2 million Nevadans are expected to celebrate this year, a 5 percent drop from 2018. A growing number of people consider Valentine’s Day over-commercialized. Others weren’t interested in the holiday or had nobody to celebrate with. But spending is expected to rise. Those who do celebrate are buying for more people. The average American is expected to spend about $162 this year for Valentine’s Day, a 57 percent jump from a decade prior. Katherine Cullen, director of industry and consumer insights at NRF
Foreclosures of mansions in Las Vegas
Las Vegas was ground zero for America's foreclosure crisis after the housing bubble burst. (Eli Segall/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Rick Helfenbein talks about the impact of tariffs on the clothing industry
MAGIC fashion convention showcases men's clothing trends
The MAGIC fashion convention has come to Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center to showcase some of the hottest clothing trends for men. (Nathan Asselin/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Allegiant Air flight attendants learn how to handle a water landing
Field instructor Ashleigh Markel talks about training prospective flight attendants for Allegiant Air getting live training with a raft for a water landing at the Heritage Park Aquatic Complex in Henderson on Monday. (John Hornberg/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Smith & Wollensky CEO Michael Feighery speaks
Smith & Wollensky CEO Michael Feighery speaks about the new Smith & Wollensky restaurant coming to the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian in Las Vegas.
Smith & Wollensky CEO Michael Feighery speaks
Smith & Wollensky CEO Michael Feighery speaks about the new Smith & Wollensky restaurant coming to the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian in Las Vegas.
Smith & Wollensky CEO Michael Feighery talks about Las Vegas return
Michael Feighery, CEO of Smith & Wollensky Restaurant Group, discusses the restaurant's upcoming return to the Las Vegas Strip.
Apartments to Come to Hughes Center
Developer Eric Cohen discusses his current building project at the Hughes Center office park in Las Vegas, Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019. Caroline Brehman/Las Vegas Review-Journal
Stratosphere to rebrand to The STRAT
The Stratosphere, a 1,150-foot-tall property in Las Vegas will be renamed The STRAT Hotel, Casino and Skypod.
Local designers’ picks for the Las Vegas Market
The trends that local interior designers are noticing at the Las Vegas Market this year. (Rachel Aston/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Trends in bath products at Las Vegas Market
Camille Herd, the showroom manager for European Bath Kitchen Tile & Stone, talks about the popularity of free-standing bath tubs. (Rachel Aston/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @rookie__rae
Kitchen trends at Las Vegas Winter Market
Las Vegas Winter Market displayed kitchen trends that mirror common dining accessories at Strip eateries. (Rachel Aston/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @rookie__rae
Emerging trends in gifts at Las Vegas Market
Julie Smith Vincenti, curator for the First Look showroom tour on gifts and lifestyle, talks about the emerging trends in those categories for this season. (Rachel Aston/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @rookie__rae
Las Vegas house prices are rising
Southern Nevada home prices were up 12 percent year-over-year in November.
Caesars Republic Scottsdale
Caesars Entertainment Corp. is building its first non-gaming hotel in the United States in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Caesars Entertainment Corp.)
Interior designer Mikel Welch talks about trends for Las Vegas Market
Interior designer Mikel Welch, who also is the on-camera designer for TLC’s Trading Spaces, discusses the trends he sees for the 2019 Las Vegas Winter Market. (Rachel Aston/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @rookie__rae
SHOT Show 2019: MEGGITT Virtual Training
MEGGIT showcases its virtual training system at SHOT Show 2019 in Las Vegas.
MGM delivers 700 meals to TSA workers at McCarran
Chefs at Garde Manger at Mandalay Bay provided 700 meals to federal employees who are affected by the government shutdown. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @KMCannonPhoto
SHOT Show 2019: A "nonsemi-automatic” weapon
Brandon Dunham of Nevada-based Franklin Armory show off the company’s new rifle prototype it calls a “nonsemi-automatic” weapon. The gun does not use a gas system to fire.
Las Vegas-based concrete repair company knows how to beat the heat
ART Concrete Solutions, a Las Vegas concrete-repair firm, addresses the challenges of construction in the extreme heat and sun of Las Vegas. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @KMCannonPhoto
Las Vegas based company brings color to concrete in the desert heat
Semco Modern Seamless Surface, a Las Vegas surface engineering company, knows how to put color in concrete construction in the Vegas heat. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @KMCannonPhoto
Fun photo booth at World of Concrete
World of Concrete show at the Las Vegas Convention Center sponsored by DeWalt gives conventioneers a chance for photos with giant tools. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @KMCannonPhoto
SHOT Show 2019: Laserstar Technologies
Laerstar Technologies showed off their laser engraving machines, that can be used to personalize anything from guns and knives, to medical tools and household items. (Mick Akers/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
World of Concrete Show has big equipment on display
World of Concrete Show has big equipment on display at the Las Vegas Convention Center including an impact crusher, concrete pump and a self-erecting portable concrete batch plant. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @KMCannonPhoto
Shot Show 2019: Kalashnikov USA shows off new products
Jonathan Mossberg of Kalashnikov USA talks about new products on display at Shot Show 2019 in Las Vegas.
ad-high_impact_4
TOP NEWS
News Headlines
Home Front Page Footer Listing
You May Like

You May Like