According to the Connected Home report, though computers are still the primary connected device in homes, there are a lot of other connected devices, such as smartphones, tablets, smart appliances and more, trying to move in on the computer’s turf.
Based on a survey conducted among 4,000 US consumers, there are 183.8 million connected computer and laptops, followed by smartphones at 133 million, 39 million video game consoles, 31.8 million tablets, 16 million HDTVs, 12.9 million Blu-ray disc players, and 8.5 million streaming media set-top boxes. And those aren’t the only ones connecting to the internet or each other, as companies are looking to coax people into turning their homes into Smart Homes, which consists of a lot of connected appliances.
CES is a great opportunity to showcase the latest gadgets contributing to the Smart Home trend. Here’s our latest installment of devices and technologies that made their way to this year’s International show. If you missed our first and second installments, you can check out yesterday’s mobile CES roundup here, and home networking updates from CES here.
Pure, a division of Hertfordshire, England-based Imagination Technologies, is helping audiophiles surround-sound their cribs wirelessly. The Jongo self-powered wireless speakers can play content streamed via the internet or over WiFi from a laptop, smartphone or tablet computer via Bluetooth. An Android and iOS app for Pure Connect synchronizes song streams all Jongo devices simultaneously play the same thing. The Jongo speakers will be available in February for $199.
If you’re into the reincarnation of old stuff but also want something updated, then you’ll love Tivoli Audio’s new take on their iconic Model One AM/FM table radio – it just got upgraded with Bluetooth technology.
The Model One BT with Bluetooth wireless technology allows you to stream music from your smartphone, tablet, computer, MP3, or any other Bluetooth -connected device aside from the traditional AM/FM functions of the radio. It comes in five decorator finishes in furniture-grade wood veneer cabinets of Walnut/Beige, Cherry/Silver, Black Ash/Silver, Black Ash/Black-Silver, and White/Silver and retails for $259.99.
We’ve always been told that we shouldn’t eat too fast, as it increases the risk of getting tummy aches or other gastrointestinal problems, and worse, eating too fast is said to be a huge contributor towards weight gain. Unfortunately, it’s hard to slow down, especially when you’re eating a scrumptious meal. Good thing HAPILABS has developed the HAPIfork, a smart fork that tells you slow down your munching.
HAPIfork is designed to alert users via the indicator lights when they are eating too fast. The electronic fork also monitors how long you took to finish a meal, the amount of “fork servings” taken in a minute, and intervals between “fork servings.” You can track your eating behavior by uploading the data collected by the fork via USB or Bluetooth to your online dashboard, and you can also tap into the mobile app to help you get on the right track of eating healthy. HAPIfork is priced at $99 each for each utensil.
Delphi and Verizon partnered up to launch a deck of cards-sized black box that people can use to track their cars, remotely lock or unlock doors, and a lot more. The Delphi Connected Car plugs into a car’s OBD2 port, and you can start by downloading a mobile app or logging into a web portal.
The device includes a “CDMA data connection to Verizon’s cell network, along with Bluetooth. Connected to the OBD2 port, a standardized feature of any car built in 1996 or after, it reads vehicle codes and supports some control features. The device also contains a GPS chip, so can report its location through the Verizon data connection.” The mobile app features a 911 speed dial so stolen vehicles can be quickly tracked and retrieved. Parents with unruly teenagers can also use the device to spy on their kids’ whereabouts if they activate the real-time tracking feature.
The company revealed two new connected cycling GPS devices at the event that tracks speed, distance, time, GPS position, elevation, calories burned, ascent and descent, and connects to an iOS or Android app. The devices are also able to upload regularly to the Garmin Connect website, so users can easily keep track of their progress.
The Edge 810 features a 2.6” color display, up to 17 hours of battery life, and is compatible with optional detailed street or TOPO maps including BirdsEye Satellite Imagery while the Edge 510 is a more light-weight (80g) and compact device with a 2.2” touchscreen display and has a battery life that goes up to 20 hours. The devices are priced at $499.99 and $329.99 for the 810 and 510 respectively, and are available immediately.