In a few days, tech writers will descend on Las Vegas to cover the coolest tech innovations at CES 2020. It will be a busy week as we sift through the latest gadgets to find the ones we're most excited about for the coming year. As always, I'll be looking for and .
I have no idea what will be there (yet), but I have a list of things I'd like to see -- from cheaper outdoor cameras to a more serious focus on privacy. Hopefully, there will be some overlap between what I want to find at the show and what the home security companies actually put on display.
With a new decade just starting, CES 2020 could also help set the tone for the tech trends that will define the next 10 years. Here are the home security features, software improvements and specific products I'd like to see at CES.
Cheaper outdoor cameras
We've seen some other affordable indoor cams too, like theand the (both cost $60 each).
But there hasn't been much in the outdoor space yet.costs $100, but I have yet to test an excellent outdoor camera that costs less than 100 bucks. And I'd like that to change.
Focus on privacy
Privacy has been a major topic in the smart home, but home security companies could be doing more -- and CES would be a great opportunity for brands to address it. Moving more of your interactions with smart home products to local control is one good option. Local microSD card storage for security cameras (versus cloud storage) is a good place to start.
With, your footage goes to a remote server to be saved for however long your cloud subscription allows. With local storage, your clips get saved on a microSD card that you can then transfer to your computer to view -- without having to enlist a remote server. Some security cameras -- like the and the hub -- offer a local storage option, but it isn't as common as you'd think.
We also know thatand Jane Horvath, Apple's senior director of privacy, is scheduled to speak at a privacy roundtable during the show. We'll just have to wait and see what news, if any, comes from that discussion.
OK, this might seem like a random one, but I want to see more home security devices with built-in sirens. While the category oflike (now discontinued), and never really took off, there's still potential there.
Theis pretty close to an all-in-one device. It's an HD, live-streaming camera with advanced motion alerts (if you pay for the optional cloud service), a built-in spotlight and a built-in siren. Arlo also offers an optional E911 service that will dispatch law enforcement to your home if there's a security issue, even if you're far away. It also has arm/disarm modes, just like a standard home security system.
But this is kind of rare in the DIY home security space -- and I'm not sure why. Make it more of a thing, CES.
It's too early to know exactly what we'll find at CES 2020, but I expect to see a lot in the home security category. And I'll be there, scouring the aisles of new products to bring you the most exciting home security gadget news. What do you want to see more of from home security companies -- or from tech companies in general? Let me know in the comments section below.