International CES 2015; More than 3,500 exhibitors unveil new technologies across 1.9 million net square feet to well over 160,000 visitors.
New this year is something called the Smart Home Marketplace, a 25,000 square-foot exhibitor area dedicated to smart home tech. Think stuff like customized security monitoring and home automation — and beyond. Major exhibitors will include companies like ADT, Bosch Honeywell, Lowe's and Logitech.
The HomeToys Team has scoured the news pages and product announcements to bring you a neatly compiled list of some of the new and interesting products we think are important to the Home Technology and AV Systems industry now being branded as the "Smart Home".
Our International CES 2015 Newspage is packed with over 75 press releases from the show.
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OmniMount – OE120IW – OmniElite 120 In-Wall Mount
Looking for a low profile without compromising on functionality? Look no further than the OE120IW recessed in-wall TV mount. This ultra – low profile in-wall TV mount allows you to easily mount your TV between two studs for a nearly flush finish with all the benefits of full motion movement. This pre-assembled box and mount duo make an otherwise intimidating install easy for anyone. The OE120IW accommodates most TVs 42 – 80”
Fibar Group, a leading European manufacturer of wireless, intelligent home automation systems FIBARO Motion Sensor was selected as a 2015 CES Innovation Award Honoree in the Smart Home Product category.
Nortek Security & Control – Z-Wave® Dimmable LED Light Bulb
A unique feature is Kwikset's SmartCode 916 Touchscreen Electronic Deadbolt is SecureScreen™, which can help mask "smudge" attacks, in which passcodes can potentially be jeopardized by detecting frequently used numbers from the oily residues on the touchscreen surface.
Aeon Labs introduces the first of its sixth edition products, Smart Switch 6. The sixth Smart Switch works redeveloped technology along with new and existing features inside a product which now measures just over 2 inches in width and height, 66% smaller than Aeon Labs' first smart switch.
danalock turns smart phones into high-tech digital key as the world's most innovative, affordable, and discreet smart lock on the market. Created with the elegance and minimalism of Danish design and a heavy-duty aluminum bezel, danalock is the only smart lock today that offers Bluetooth Smart technology and Z-Wave compatibility in one.
Atlantic Technology chose to develop an attractive compact Dolby Atmos enabled "module" that could be added to its own existing systems or, for that matter, to ANY existing home theater. The new Atlantic Technology 44-DA Dolby Atmos-enabled loudspeaker module utilizes a 5 ¼" woofer and 1" silk dome tweeter in a concentric driver array (CDA), firing from the top of the speaker enclosure at a precisely-determined angle, to achieve the optimum effect. Particular attention has been paid to delivering a "controlled acoustic scatter" in an effort to dramatically broaden the sweet spot of the sound reflected by the ceiling, allowing for greater placement flexibility within the listening room. Measuring just 5 ½ x 8 3/8 x 9 ½" HWD, the Atlantic 44 DA compact speaker module is designed to fit perfectly on top of Atlantic's THX-certified 4400 LR speakers, creating an integrated, "one-piece" look that delivers the stunning realism of Dolby Atmos soundtracks with clarity and precision. In addition, because of their compact design and power handling ability, the 44-DA's are well-suited to being used on top of other speakers or, equally important, as "stand-alone" elevation speakers as part of a complete Dolby Atmos system.
For the first time, GreenPeak will be demonstrating their Family Lifestyle Systems, a new class of products being offered for service providers and system integrators. Family Lifestyle Systems learn how a person or a family lives in their home, what they like to do and when, and then monitors their movements via unobtrusive sensors to send alerts if something happens out of the ordinary. For instance and currently being rolled out in Europe and China, the Senior Lifestyle System is a safe and secure solution that allows elderly people to live at home independently.
Control Plus technology, now available as an optional feature in the latest QuickSet SDK, addresses the most common consumer challenges in universal AV control such as mode confusion and input switching. With Control Plus technology, consumers can simply plug in a new device, have it discovered and set up automatically, and have activities such as "Watch TV" automatically enabled with a single touch. The latest enhancements in Smart Home technologies can also be added to complete the entire home entertainment experience.
Summit Semiconductor, a leader in advanced wireless audio technologies, today announced they will demonstrate a wireless multi-channel home theater system capable of simultaneously streaming a stereo pair to different zones within the home. The demonstration system is based on Summit's recently announced extended distance transmit and receive modules that support the Wireless Speaker and Audio (WiSA®) Association's updated compliance and interoperability test specification. The new interoperability specification combines the benefits of home theater multi-channel audio with whole house, multi-zone stereo applications.
Elk Products – Two-Way Wireless Technology
ELK’s two-way wireless product line for the M1 control transforms the way we think of wireless by providing advanced features that increase reliability and overcome the vulnerabilities associated with typical one-way wireless technology. With ELK’s wireless, every signal sent by a sensor expects to receive a positive acknowledgement from the transceiver/control. This intelligence means that a sensor will automatically re-transmit only if an acknowledgement was not received, thus saving wasted energy and prolonging battery life.
The design objective of the AC1 Micro was to deliver big sound from a smaller, decor-friendly enclosure. A perfect match for any Bryston theater package, the AC1 Micro is a great fit for tight spaces and provides the neutrality through the critical vocal range, visceral dynamics and superb clarity and detail that reviewers have raved about throughout the Bryston speaker lineup. "We received valuable feedback from our dealers and end-users that we needed to add a compact center speaker for space-constrained home theater systems-and the AC1 Micro is the ultimate execution of that design goal," explained Bryston's VP of sales James Tanner.
The compact and versatile 3LCD Home Cinema 600 makes it easy to enjoy content on screens up to 25 times larger than a 60-inch TV screen with 3,000 lumens of color brightness and 3,000 lumens of white brightness1. With all-digital HDMI connectivity for access to movies, sports and games, users can easily plug in a Blu-ray® player, gaming console or streaming media player to create an immersive viewing experience with super-sized videogames, movies and more.
D-Link expanded its line of Home Automation solutions in a big way today by introducing the Connected Home Hub and a range of Sensors and Sirens designed to keep DIY homeowners more in tune with what's happening, whether home or away. The Connected Home Hub (DCH-G020) plugs into an existing home network router to act as a centralized control for D-Link® Connected Home devices by integrating Wi-Fi and Z-Wave wireless technologies and using the mydlink® Home app for iOS® and Android® devices. The D-Link Connected Home Hub (DCH-G020) is AllSeen compatible and will support AllSeen compatible devices, such as AllSeen Wi-Fi lighting solutions. In addition to the Connected Home Hub, D-Link unveiled a number of solutions built to easily talk with and trigger one another, including the Z-Wave Open & Close Sensor (DCH-Z110), Z-Wave Motion Sensor (DCH-Z120), Wi-Fi Water Sensor (DCH-S160) and Wi-Fi Siren (DCH-S220).
Nortek Security & Control LLC announced a full line of GoControl® branded DIY oriented smart home products for both retail and installer channels. Based on proven technologies and standard protocols like Z-Wave® and Wi-Fi, several of the products were successfully test marketed in 2014 and the full family of smart products will be available under the GoControl brand and other brands beginning Q1 2015. The GoControl line will focus on high consumer interest smart home categories, and include solutions for connected lighting control, climate control, home security sensors, remote garage door management, and more.