15 JAN 2018

CES 2018: top 10 of the gadgets

In Las Vegas, the CES 2018 has closed its doors. On our blog, we have seen a lot of new gadgets in these recent days: home automation, robots, virtual assistants, electronics, and wearable devices have made a splash among the stands of CES2018. Now, while companies are thinking about developing new gadgets for next year, let’s look at what were, according to Wired Italia, the 10 best innovations that will change our lives.

10. Lenovo Smart Display:

The Lenovo Smart Display looks like a tablet and in fact is equipped with a display, speakers and a microphone to interact with Google Assistant. The operating system is Android Things. The hardware equipment, however, includes a Qualcomm Snapdragon 624 SoC (CPU, GPU, DSP, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth), 2 GB of RAM and 4 GB of flash memory.

When you turn it on, the Google Assistant screen is shown immediately. The Smart Display allows you to view YouTube videos, Google Maps, Google Photos, search online, manage smart devices and appliances, and to make calls and video calls with Google Duo. When it is not in use, it can be used as a digital frame.

Lenovo Smart Display can be purchased starting in the summer of 2018 in the 8-inch version (for $ 199.99) and in the 10-inch version (for $ 249.99).

9. Netatmo Smart Home Bot

It is a free personal assistant introduced by Netatmo, a French company. Netatmo Smart Home Bot is completely free, and you interact with it via Facebook Messenger. Currently it is only available in English, but other languages ​​will be implemented in 2018.

Thanks to Netatmo Smart Home Bot you can manage various things in the house: turn up the heating, turn off the lights, activate the alarm and many more. You can interact with the assistant via chat by typing a command or sending a voice note. To interact with Netatmo, there is no need to respect a precise syntax, it is enough use natural language, in fact Netatmo learns every time that the user interfaces with it. Saying, for example, “I’m leaving”, Netatmo understands that he must turn off all the lights and possibly activate the alarm. The Netatmo assistant is compatible with all Netatmo products, with Siri’s assistants, Google Alexa and Google Assistant and with all those that are part of the “with Netatmo” program. During the CES 2018, Netatmo presented the partnership with Groupe Muller, a company specialized in thermal comfort.

8. Whirlpool Yummly

Whirlpool Yummly is an app that is not yet available, but at some point, during 2018 will be able to interact with the Smart Front Control range of smart appliances and the Smart Over microwave line with Scan-to-Cook technology. The app will give users the ability to take pictures of the food in their refrigerator or on their shelves. The app identifies these foods, finds recipes in its database that use them and sends the cooking instructions to the appliance. The user can also choose a recipe from the database. The instructions include all cooking phases: oven temperature, time and cooking mode. In addition, the user will be guided in the preparation of the dish through detailed images and videos of all stages of cooking.

7. Agam Aroma Moodo

Agam Aroma Moodo is a smart diffuser of aromas to perfume the home. It can accommodate four pods and what makes it special is that it is controlled via an app on an Iphone. Using the app, you can start or stop the diffusion of aromas, change the intensity of each and, thanks to its integration with Amazon Alexa, you can adjust the mode of dissemination of aromas, manually or randomly.

The basic version of Moodo can be purchased through the official website at a cost of $189. This includes the device and 3 families of capsules. You can also buy a complete kit of four pods from the official website. If you prefer a device with no cables or wires, a battery powered model is available at a cost of $209.

6. Family Hub

Family Hub is a range of smart refrigerators with a 21-inch display showing a series of recipes proposed by the refrigerator considering the expiry date of the products in the fridge, possible allergies and family food preferences. The features of the Family Hub refrigerator do not stop here: it interacts with the other intelligent objects in the house, showing who is knocking on the door, what the video surveillance system is recording, the internal temperature of the house and even what music you can listen to. Family Hub benefits from the virtual assistant Bixby.

5. Ge Kitchen Hub

This is a 27-inch screen placed in an unusual but strategic point, while cooking: above the stove. This screen allows you to see recipes and prepare them without having to constantly move between the cookers and the book, to share them on social networks, to check who is at the front door, as well as consulting your personal agenda to be sure you haven’t forgot a particular guest for dinner. Naturally, Ge Kitchen Hub interacts with other brand appliances such as dishwashers, refrigerators and ovens.

4. Nanoleaf Aurora: the intelligent LED panels

Nanoleaf has proposed a kit of intelligent LED panels. Each kit contains a number of luminescent triangular panels that can be mounted in the home, based on available space and what you want to do with them. These lightweight panels stick to the wall with double-sided tape that is included in the package. When you get tired of the form made, you can detach them and create another. The result is a well-diffused light thanks to the opaque covering of the panels. The other peculiarity of these panels is that they are controlled via app, available for both iOS and Android. The app allows you to select the color of the lights, animated lighting sequences, color intensity and other parameters. Both the colors and their intensity can also be set for a single panel. You can use predefined light sequences, create your own or download and use those made by other users.

Nanoleaf panels are compatible with Siri, Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.

3. Heatworks Tetra: the mini dishwater

Tetra is a mini dishwasher and takes a cue from the fact that traditional dishwashers are not designed for small families or even singles. In addition, hand washing dishes leads to a waste of water, water that could be saved using the dishwasher. For this reason Tetra was born, a small dishwasher that can be placed where you want because it does not need plumbing, but only to be connected to a current. Tetra can wash dishes, glasses and cutlery in 10 minutes and use less than 2 liters of water. Water is introduced by hand, as is detergent. Another interesting aspect of this dishwasher is the fact that the small appliance is encased in a transparent box allowing you to see the washing process in action. To buy Tetra, we will have to wait for the second half of 2018 and the price will be around $300.

2. LG Cloi

LG Cloi is another of the robots presented by LG and it is a member of the “Lg ThinQ Kitchen Solution”, a brand which includes ovens, dishwashers, refrigerators and the Cloi butler, all high-end products. All these products have artificial intelligence in common and are of course equipped with Wi-Fi. Cloi is able to understand facial expressions and communicate by way of speech synthesis. Cloi, therefore, seems to be a very interesting robot. Unfortunately, on the stage of the CES 2018, it created a bad impression when it was not able to respond to the questions of the presenter.

Vayyar

Vayyar is a 3D sensor that uses radio waves and is able to monitor an apartment without those present wearing special instruments or involved in particular actions and it is able to maintain the privacy of those present at the same time. In this way it is possible to detect domestic disturbances, if someone is at home or outside the home and if someone is moving. Vayyar works in real time, does not record as a normal camera does and works in any lighting conditions, even during fires, smoke and floods.

CES2018 has ended and in addition to what we have mentioned above, has introduced innumerable new ideas and devices that we may very well see in the next few months. Many of these are destined to change the way in which we interface with our everyday life, while companies are already working on the next gadgets.

We invite you to browse our photo gallery to see all that we have presented in this article!

 

Elaborated by Lucia D’Adamo, supervised by Marco Pirrone

 

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