CES, dubbed “The Most Influential Tech Event in the World,” has been the global stage for showcasing innovations in consumer electronics for over 50 years. Products like Apple’s Macintosh computer (1983), the DVD (1996) and the Oculus Rift (2013) have all made their debuts at CES. Along with showy debuts from big brands, CES sets the trend for new tech, from private space exploration to breakthroughs in automobiles and more.
But, in a world where we’re experiencing a lot more of our homes, it is no surprise that companies focused on improving features of everyday life this year. The biggest trend? Embedding more and more AI in domestic technologies.
For example, bathroom mainstay Kohler announced smart bathtub faucet system PerfectFill, with programmable features like temperature, depth and voice-activated drawing. So, if you want to cook dinner but draw up the perfect bath for Junior at the same time, this could be the tub for you.
Masonite also launched the first-ever smart door, which integrates power, lights, sensors, a video doorbell and a smart lock into a single exterior door. And, considering how common smart locks and doorbells have become, it makes sense that tech companies are integrating these features more fully into home architecture.
Healthcare companies also doubled down on telehealth with more strides in at-home care technology. MedWand garnered a lot of attention for a device that virtually transmits vitals and O2 stats to care providers from the comfort of home, while AttnKare explored virtual reality therapies for the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD.
And of course, it’s not living The Jetsons’ fantasy without real-life in-home robots. Exhibitors unveiled a handful of domestic robots at CES this year, from a dual-armed massaging mega-robot that’ll put those mall chairs to shame (costing a cool $310,000) to an extraordinarily life-like robot from Engineered Arts that gives Rosie a run for her money.
The main takeaway? Home-driven technology isn’t going anywhere. In fact, we think it’ll continue to ramp up with more work-from-home integration and overall accessibility (not counting the robot masseuse).
With more AI-integrated devices, companies can capture, analyze and apply data faster and more accurately. This also speeds up iteration and go-to-market cycles, meaning technology is on the precipice of a massive snowball effect. Naturally, we’ll be keeping an eye on how to tap into more and more of these at-home systems to find unique ways to bring brands to life.
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