Smart appliances, connected homes at CES 2014
What we saw -- and loved -- in Vegas this week.
Things are winding down for the appliances team here at CES 2014. We've looked at a lot of stuff and we hope you've enjoyed our coverage. Now, all that's left is to find out how close what we actually saw in Vegas this week.came to
Connected large appliances get smarterA lot of the large appliances we saw last year boasted "smart" features, but ultimately, many of them were too novel to add much value. As a result, we have maintained a healthy skepticism in this category. But at this year's CES we're happy to say that we saw some of that shifting -- a little.
LGthat lets you text with your appliances. That seems like a big improvement on the . GE announced that it was so folks can preheat their oven, monitor its progress, etc., without needing to be on their home Wi-Fi.
The growing smart homeThe whole "Internet of Things" was definitely a theme in Vegas this year. But more than individual stand-out products, 2014 was all about partnerships -- growing existing smart home lines and announcing new collaborations. This ushers in a new era for the smart home, made up of home automation hubs and the third-party products they support.
Staples and its smart home partner, Zonoff, announced that
While partnerships took center stage at CES 2014, there were some intriguing individual products in the smart home category, too.
Decidedly unsmart, but still coolThere's other stuff we liked at CES, too. The
That's a wrapWe're glad we got to bring you the latest coverage from CES 2014. Large appliances impressed us with some connected features that might actually help with chore time. The smart home is expanding -- new home automation ecosystems keep popping up and the existing ones are continuing to grow. We saw some new lighting products, although none were particularly innovative. Design was a high priority and we also saw several promising "dumb" appliances. We can't wait to get our hands on these devices for review back at the appliance testing lab. But for now, we're going to take a moment to celebrate the appliance team's first ever CES.