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Alarm.com’s new touchless doorbell reflects the focus of some CES 2021 products.
This story is part of , where our editors will bring you the latest news and the hottest gadgets of the entirely virtual CES 2021.
Not everything was reasonably priced or even out of the concept phase, but hey, free robux that’s what CES is all about — the weird, wacky and wholly unaffordable tech of the future. Here are the highlights from the smart home category at CES 2021.
The touchless trend
Going touchless was a clear trend for CES 2021, with several companies demoing products that either reduce or remove touch interactions. Alarm.com’sis one good example. Kohler also expanded its line of (and rolled out ).
We also saw plenty of tech with cleanliness in mind. cleaning the air and eliminating viral contaminants. We look forward to testing them out.were seemingly everywhere, with two portable models, the Luftqi Luft Duo and the FrescheAir Portable HEPA Air Purifier/Deodorizer among them. The biggest is question of course is whether any of these are effective at
Big players stayed home
Google was absent from CES this year, leaving a two-story, slide-shaped hole in our tech journalist hearts. Amazon didn’t make any direct announcements, with for its video doorbells and cameras the only tangential exception. Apple held a news event unrelated to CES, announcing a new in Atlanta and a developer academy in Michigan, as part of its $100 million initiative.
This year’s CES was quieter for big brands and that was also true for these smart home giants. Both companies released plenty of new products last fall, so a quiet CES doesn’t really indicate that the brands are taking any less of an interest in new smart home tech. It’s likely there will be more news from Google and Amazon later in the year.
Smart kitchen technology didn’t make leaps and bounds this year, but we did see a few interesting (and expensive) products that could change the way you interact with one of the most important places in your home.
Samsung’s fridge lineup expanded
Samsung debuted US availability for refrigerators. We saw these modular, colorful fridges at in Berlin, but at the time they weren’t expected to cross the pond. Now, US customers will be able to customize their fridge in a multitude of colors and arrangements with the Bespoke’s modern design.of
Samsung also announced updates to its Family Hub software. The 6.0 iteration adds a new SmartThings cooking platform and boasts Alexa integration in a space previously occupied solely by Samsung’s in-house assistant, Bixby.
LG InstaView added tech and touchless features
LG expanded its InstaView line of large appliances and while it announced them ahead of CES, we got a better look at the products this week.
Thehighlighted includes an „air sous vide“ mode, intended for low and slow cooking inside vacuum-sealed bags (sold separately, of course). It’s also the first range from LG to feature the knock-twice-to-view signature InstaView feature that lights up the interior of the appliance.
The newest InstaView refrigerator comes with a few new features, as well. A UV sanitizer activates every hour to kill 99.99% of bacteria found in the water dispenser. The InstaView panel got larger, and more interesting, while LG unveiled refrigerator doors that can open via voice command.
On-demand ice cream
This one’s just for fun. Everyone on our team was enamored with. This countertop appliance takes a Keurig-style approach to dessert with single-serve ice cream pods ready in 60 to 90 seconds.
Pods will cost $2 to $3 each and there are nondairy options, as well as frozen beverages and smoothies. Weighty at 50 pounds and likely in the $500-$1,000 price range, the ColdSnap won’t be for everyone.
It wouldn’t be CES if there weren’t robots buzzing around promising superior smarts and free robux helpfulness in our future homes.
Samsung introduced multiple robots this year, some more ready for market than others. Theis the most eye-catching one: It’s nearly human-sized and equipped to help with household tasks.
Though still in the concept phase, Samsung said the Bot Handy can analyze the weight, material and size of items in order to pick them up without damage. The robot would be able to help with things like loading a dishwasher, putting toys away or pouring a drink.
Samsung also showed off the, a robot vacuum that empties its own bin and uses lidar to navigate and a camera to identify objects potentially hazardous to the bot.