It's been a big year for the smart home, with a veritable plethora of intriguing new devices, not to mention big names like Apple and Google finally muscling their way onto the playing field. As the holiday buying season inches closer, things should heat up even further still -- here's what we'll be keeping our eyes on.
The outlook: Backers have been waiting patiently, and now, the August Smart Lock looks ready to make an autumn debut. With pre-orders already starting to ship and a wide release scheduled for October, this eye-catching deadbolt could be a contender.
The outlook: Bloomsky looks like a nifty system for anyone who enjoys geeking out over the weather. Aside from monitoring the conditions inside and outside of your home, the eyeball-ish Bloomsky camera will let you check in remotely on the weather conditions at home, and even automatically snap pictures and video during periods of meteorological mayhem.
The outlook: European manufacturer BSH, a conglomerate which includes such brands as Bosch and Siemens, announced their Home Connect platform for smart appliances this spring. This fall we finally got a peek at how it'll work and it looks promising, with a slick-looking app and connected ovens and dishwashers due out by the end of the year. Best of all: Bosch promises to play nice with the competition.
The outlook: Lest you feared the creators of this Indiegogo smash hit fled to the Canary Islands with the nearly $2 million in crowdfunded dollars that they raised, you can relax -- the all-in-one security device is said to start shipping out this fall. We're excited to see how it stacks up alongside Piper, one of our favorite DIY security gadgets.
The outlook: We're a little surprised it's taken this long to see a robotic Dyson floor cleaner, but here it is. With a futuristic design and app-enabled controls, this high-end, high profile appliance looks primed for the smart-home spotlight. It won't come cheap though -- based off its pricing in Japan, where it'll make its initial debut, we're expecting the Dyson robovac to retail for well over $1,000 in the US.
The outlook: Behold, the Micro-Kitchen, or as the team at GE's FirstBuild initiative refers to it, the "Monoblock." With a sink, a refrigerator, a stove, and a dishwasher all built into a single appliance, this ultra-high end unit promises to marry extreme efficiency with extreme luxury for smart home kitchens.
The outlook: Until now, GE has saved app-enabled smarts for its most high-end appliances, but that'll change this fall, with a new line of connected ranges that cost less than $2,000. While still pricey, that's a big step in the right direction if smart appliances are ever going to truly catch on.
The outlook: A true crowdfunding success story, this beautiful little bedside sleep-tracker raised well over $2 million from its Kickstarter backers this summer. With units set to start shipping this fall, expect to hear a lot more about it in the very near future.
The outlook: Miele is making a big move into the smart home this year, with new connected appliances like the W1 Prestige Washer. With the connected home continuing to catch on, Miele might be well-positioned to help move the needle.
The outlook: Dyson isn't the only high-end brand getting into the robot vacuum race. Keep an eye on Miele, who hopes to come out strong with its first ever flagship floor bot, the Scout RX1. Oh, and a little company named Samsung is getting in on the fun, too.
The outlook: At Berlin's IFA conference, Philps debuted its newest additions to the Hue family -- high-end fixtures with two independent banks of color-changing LEDs built right in. There's no word on when these luxury lamps will be arriving in the US, but based on the UK pricing, we're expecting them to cost several hundred dollars -- likely beyond the reach of most budgets.