Speaker 1: CES 2022, certainly made a splash in the smart home scene. The kind of splash that a weighty pebble might make when you drop it gently into a pond. We look, we actually saw plenty of cool stuff and here are, are top five picks from the show.
Speaker 1: CES always has weird stuff to show off, and this [00:00:30] year was no different. We're going to run through our top picks from the show, but bear in mind, top doesn't necessarily mean best. So we'll talk through our expectations for each of the top five from a robot vacuum that also has a mop attachment to a door with smarts and a smart doorbell built in each of these options are interesting in their own, right? And some might actually be useful note, [00:01:00] we're leaving out some bigger name stuff that might actually be useful, but is just kind of Matt honorable mentions of the like include the new Samsung smart hub and Arlo security system with robust sensors and a singled smart bulb. That senses how you sleep enough, dialing about let's get to it. Number five,
Speaker 1: It's a door, a door's kind of cool mechanism whereby when it's open, you can freely [00:01:30] enter a structure, but you can also close it to kind of keep out elements or strangers. Is this bit working? No, no, no, it's not. Okay. Yeah. It's not an ordinary door. It's the Masonite empower smart door. It's a door with wiring and smart systems built right in Masonite actually partnered with Yale and ring. And so there's a smart deadbolt already attached. And there's a [00:02:00] smart doorbell from ring built into the frame, which is kind of cool. Instead of needing these devices separately, you just have them included where you'd want them. Anyway. The door also has a built in open, closed sensor. It has built in lights and it has wiring. So it connects directly to your wifi. So you don't need to set all these things up separately or worry. If your ring doorbell is battery powered or whether [00:02:30] it's charged the door itself will take care of that for you. It's going to be probably pretty expensive. They haven't announced a price yet, and they might launch it for builders and new homes first, but I'm at excited about a smart product that combines the smarts I'd actually want to use in that space. Anyway,
Speaker 1: Number four, the Kohler purist suspend ceiling, Mount [00:03:00] kitchen FAU in keeping with Kohler's traditions of announcing something absolutely ridiculous for CES. This is a $6,000 faucet that hangs from the ceiling of your kitchen. Why unclear? It's kind of stylish. I guess if you're going for that rustic kitchen and a restaurant sort of look where they have the spray handles to wash an industrial amount of dishes, [00:03:30] it looks nice and the handle is weighted so that it won't sway when it's operating and you'll apparently be able to move it and shift it. It'll stay at the last height where you set it. You'll have a little puck so that you can turn it on or off or change the temperature. And you can also change the spray pattern or the intensity of the water on the faucet itself, but still it's gonna cost between 4,000 and $6,000 to pending [00:04:00] on what finish you pick.
Speaker 1: And it strikes me as another one of Kohler's line of just ridiculous show pieces for CES. Last year, they showed off a $16,000 bathtub, but at least that one was luxurious. I really don't understand why you'd want this one. You have to run a water line to your ceiling. The basin would still be in your counter. So most of the plumbing would stay the same, still [00:04:30] super expensive and impractical if at least unique. So it fits our criteria for the top five, because as my Molly said, it's more, Ooh, so dumb. As opposed to, eh, that's dumb from the wildly impractical to actual advances in practicality and affordability, G a F energy has a product called the timber [00:05:00] line, solar energy shingles that can be installed on your roof with a staple gun. That's it. And you can install them alongside ordinary shingles. Plus G F energy is a sister company to roofing giant G F.
Speaker 1: So these have pedigree behind them, seriously, this like a really good deal, because one of the biggest barriers to entry to using at home solar power is the cost of installation. [00:05:30] And the easy staple setup here means these might cost as much as 50% less than the comparable models from Tesla, which is awesome. Now the easy in insulation means that the electrical conduits are actually on the outside of the panels. So when you're running wires and hooking everything up, it might end up being a little bit of an eyesore. We don't know, we'll have to install it ourselves and take a look that said, [00:06:00] that might be an easy price to pay. If you will, for having solar power in your home without breaking the bank.
Speaker 1: Number two, it's a doorbell, which is different than number five. That was a full door. This is a doorbell that stands all on its own limi alone. We're in the practical enough that you might actually want to buy this someday phase of the video. This is the Bekin Wemo smart video [00:06:30] doorbell, and it should actually be available for purchase within the next couple of months. It has the bells and whistles. You expect of a smart doorbell. It has motion alerts. Two-way talk, you can set motion zones. You can customize alerts based on whether it detects people or pets or vehicles. And it even has facial recognition. We actually like the Bekin Wemo brand quite a bit. They make of our favorite smart plugs. So if this [00:07:00] was the first video doorbell from them and that's all it was, it would probably still be pretty exciting. But this one has the added perk of working with the apple home kit, secure video storage program. Basically that means that your video will be fully encrypted and stored in your I cloud account. It also means that the camera has been built from the ground up to work with Apple's home kit platform. So home pod mini and Siri will work seamlessly with it, which [00:07:30] is a huge advantage if you're already invested in apple devices. But if you use Amazon's assistant or Google's assistant more than you use Siri, you might wanna look elsewhere.
Speaker 1: And finally, number one, the robo rock S seven max V ultra, did you get all that? It is a heck of a name. It is a Google product. It is a robot vacuum, but it's not just that. It's also a mop [00:08:00] and it has a camera. So you can spy on your family. I didn't, I didn't mean spy. You don't have to spy. You can check, you can check on your family and it has two-way audio. So you can yell at them or creep them out, whatever you want. You do you. So this one sits firmly between practical products like the Wemo doorbell and CRA Z pipe dreams like ceiling faucets. It's $1,400, which is at the high end for robot vacuums, but it's not an unheard of price. [00:08:30] It's expensive, but it's real. And it's due out this spring, the fancy mop attachment will clean your hardwood floors.
Speaker 1: And then the vac is smart enough that when it moves onto your carpet, it will move the mop attachment out of the way, which is just cool. And then it returns to the base station and the base station will empty the dust bin. It will clean the mop head for you, and it will refill the water reservoir for the mop. It is [00:09:00] as hands off of a floor cleaner as we've ever seen. I mean, sure, you're going to eventually need to clean that dust bin, but we're talking weeks at a time in which you have to do nothing, which is awesome. Plus it has a camera attachment, which seems like a no brainer for robot vacuums, as long as you're not creeped out by it. But you can check on something in your living room while your little robot helper ti these up the floor for you in the process [00:09:30] win-win and the RGB camera that you can peek through also helps it avoid obstacles and steer around any messes that your pet might have left you.
Speaker 1: That's a fun surprise. There is a competing robot vacuum mop combination that also debuted at CES called the Ecova dBot X one Omni, but it's 1549. So it's more expensive. And after it's done mopping your floors, [00:10:00] if you wanted to also vacuum your carpets, you have to manually remove the mop attachment. So it's not quite as hands off and we are giving our top spot to the robo rock. There we go. Let me know in the comments, if we missed one of your or favorites and also comment to let me know which type of product you prefer at CES, do you like the practical stuff you'll be able to buy sooner rather than later? Or do you really like those ambitious moonshots [00:10:30] stay tuned to the SNET YouTube channel because we'll be keeping our eye out for more cool examples of each. Thank you very much for watching, please like, and subscribe.