Our Picks for the Best New Ideas in Home Technology
Held every year in Las Vegas, the International Consumer Electronics Show is the place where next-generation tech innovations are introduced to the world. Serving as your eyes and ears at the 2015 CES, Team Money Pit searched high and low for the best and brightest ideas that will transform the way we live in our homes today – and tomorrow. Click through to find out our top picks for groundbreaking products that will increase home convenience and customization as well as safety and security.
Kwikset Kevo Combines Convenience and Security
Kwikset’s Kevo smart lock satisfies the demand for both convenience and security. By simply installing the Bluetooth-enable deadbolt and downloading the mobile app, your iPhone becomes your key. Kevo gives owners the ability to unlock the door with their smartphone and a simple touch; send electronic keys (eKeys) to family, friends and service people; and receive notifications whenever a user enters or exists their door. Once installed, the Kevo app runs in the background on your device, so there is no need to open the app to enter your home. Kevo is compatible with smartphones that support Bluetooth Smart Ready/Bluetooth 4.0 hardware and have the Kevo mobile app available.
Kidde RemoteLync Gives Homeowners Peace of Mind
A home fire starts every 70 seconds in the U.S. Kidde’s RemoteLync offers consumers peace of mind while they’re away from home. Ideal for a primary residence, vacation home or rental property, the device plugs into a single outlet, listens for a smoke or carbon monoxide alarm, and uses the home’s Wi-Fi to remotely alert the homeowner on iOS and Android-compatible phones and tablets. The RemoteLync monitoring solution works with a home’s existing alarms and does not require additional products or monthly fees. When an alarm triggers the device, RemoteLync communicates via a free app that can be customized to notify an entire network, including neighbors and family, or even call 911 directly.
ADT Pulse is a Total Home Control Solution
ADT Pulse is an interactive smart home solution that goes beyond traditional home security to provide a new level of control, accessibility and connection with your home. And it's affordable, customizable and easy to use. The iPhone app lets you arm and disarm your home security system from almost anywhere, at any time -- but that’s just the beginning. You can also choose to be notified of alarms and selected events; view your home through cameras and watch secure real-time video or stored video clips; access lights and appliances or set schedules to automate them; and change your home’s temperature to help save on utility bills.
Dremel 3D Idea Builder Creates Endless Possibilities
The Dremel 3D Idea Builder is the most user-friendly 3D printing experience on the market. It features intuitive print software, a full color touch screen and a pre-installed extruder for fast, out-of-the-box use. It’s also UL-certified to assure quality and safety, and its energy-saving mode reduces environmental impact and wasted energy.The Idea Builder is designed to inspire and empower the end-user to build on their own ideas with the support and mentorship of the Dremel Experts. Through a strategic partnership with Autodesk, Inc., Dremel provides free print-ready 3D models and simple design tools, while continuing to release new design tools on Dremel3D.com to coach users through the building process.
Pella InSyncTive Delivers Security, Comfort and Convenience
Pella Windows and Doors’ newest innovation is Pella Insynctive technology – a family of smart products for windows and doors designed to deliver security, comfort and convenience. Pella Insynctive smart home products include window and door sensors, garage door sensors, entry door deadbolt sensor, status indicator, bridge and motorized blinds and shades. Using Insynctive technology, homeowners can know at a glance if windows, doors and garage doors are opened or closed and if their entry door is locked or unlocked. Insynctive also allows homeowners to control motorized blinds and window shades. The integrated system of sensors and motorized blinds and shades can be controlled while at home simply using the status indicator or remote control, or while away by integrating with a compatible home automation system.
Carrier Cor Smart Thermostat Helps Save Energy and Money
Named for the Latin word for “heart,” the new Cor thermostat from Carrier was designed to be the heart of a smarter home. This innovative smart thermostat adapts to each home's needs and system capabilities, continually updating itself and learning the ideal settings to ensure comfort and energy efficiency. The Cor thermostat offers advanced features like smart setback, which automatically determines the optimal temperature for home comfort and energy savings. Wi-Fi connectivity allows remote access to the Cor thermostat from virtually anywhere. The Cor thermostat also provides in-depth energy reports with interactive energy-efficiency tips, providing homeowners the ability to instantly modify settings for maximum savings.
Broan Sensonic Fan with Bluetooth Speakers is Ideal for Music Lovers
It's your music -- out of sight. Broan Sensonic speakers with Bluetooth wireless technology fill your room with rich sound from above. From hard rock to news talk, play any audio through the dual high-fidelity speakers and enjoy entertainment and privacy at the touch of a button. And unlike wireless speakers that require counter space, this brilliant audio performance is concealed behind your fan grille. Meanwhile, the quiet, powerful QT ventilation fan clears humidity and odors quickly and is Energy Star qualified.
Chamberlain Notifi Lets You See Who is at the Door
Chamberlain Notifi gives people peace of mind from anywhere by combining motion detection, lights, door chime, notification and communication in one smart device. Notifi lets people know and see who is at the door, and chat with them while home or away. Available in mid 2015 at The Home Depot and Chamberlain.com. According to CNET, Notifi is an LED light bulb with a video camera, a door bell and a small wireless bridge that brings whole operation to an app. Notifi draws power from the light socket, which powers the 720p video camera. It all talks to your home Wi-Fi via the bridge device that sits inside your house within range of the front door. The camera provides basic real-time viewing capability via the app, and can also act as a motion detector. Chamberlain will offer a fee-based cloud storage service so you can watch recorded videos.