Last year’s Consumer Electronics Show brought some of the first third-party devices with Google Assistant — Google’s virtual helper had only been released a few months prior. This year, we saw a wide variety of devices running Assisant. Beyond the usual mix of smart lights and speakers, there are mirrors, electric car chargers, water systems, and even Insant Pots with Assistant.

For your reading enjoyment, this is every product announced at CES 2019 with Google Assistant (or Google Assistant integration), in no particular order.

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LG Styler Mirror Door

LG started off its CES announcements with a premium smart home product — the ‘Styler Black Tinted Mirror Glass Door.’ It’s is a a steam closet, which eliminates 99.9% of germs found in clothing and eliminates wrinkles. Google Assistant integration is present, so you can ask Assistant to remotely turn it off/on, or ask how much time is left until the clothes are done.

LG 2019 Smart TVs

LG also revealed that all its 2019 smart TVs will feature Google Assistant alongside Alexa. The company’s new lineup includes four OLED models (W9, E9, C9, and Z9) and two LCD models (NanoCell SM9X and SM8X). More information is available in our dedicated post.

LG Soundbars

LG announced a premium soundbar with Chromecast support during last year’s CES, but this time, the company has built soundbars with the entire Google Assistant. The new products are built in collaboration with Meridian Audio, and feature support for DTS:X and Dolby Atmos. They can be mounted on a wall or placed on a flat surface.


Smart Plugs & Water Sensor

There is definitely no shortage of smart Wi-Fi outlets right now, but more options can’t be a bad thing. D-Link announced two smart outlets at CES, the Indoor Plug (DSP-W118) and Outdoor Plug (W320). The company also revealed a battery-powered smart water sensor (DCH-S161), which can detect leaks along a pipe, under a sink, or anywhere else you place it. D-Link claims this is one of the first water sensors compatible with Google Assistant.

D-Link says the water sensor will cost $49.99 and will go on sale Q1 2019. The two smart outlets will be available in Q2 2019. More information can be found in this post.

Exo Router Series

D-Link also revealed its new ‘Exo’ mesh router series, with McAfee’s Secure Home platform built-in. You’ll be able to ask Google Assistant (or Alexa) to scan your local network for vulnerabilities, and “emerging threats are identified and blocked thanks to McAfee’s Global Threat Intelligence.”

The Exo series of routers and extenders will go on sale in Q1 2019.

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 8, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — D-Link and McAfee presented the latest D-Link Exo Series at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. Consisting of Mesh-Enabled Smart Wi-Fi Routers and Extenders, Exo provides value-added, premium features that make its range of products superior to average household networking devices.

Exo Routers:

  • DIR-3060 AC3000 Mesh-Enabled Smart Wi-Fi Router
  • DIR-2660 AC2600 Mesh-Enabled Smart Wi-Fi Router
  • DIR-1960 AC1900 Mesh-Enabled Smart Wi-Fi Router
  • DIR-1760 AC1750 Mesh-Enabled Smart Wi-Fi Router
  • DIR-1360 AC1300 Mesh-Enabled Smart Wi-Fi Router

Exo Extenders:

  • DRA-2060 AC2000 Mesh-Enabled Wi-Fi Extender
  • DRA-1360 AC1300 Mesh-Enabled Wi-Fi Extender

Exo routers and extenders feature D-Link’s proprietary Wi-Fi Mesh technology, which allows users to mix-and-match compatible routers and extenders to create their network and expand their coverage according to their home networking needs. Wi-Fi Mesh creates one network throughout users’ entire home, so as they move around, they’re automatically connected to the strongest signal. Auto Channeling allows mesh nodes to automatically select the channel with least interference, and Auto Optimization ensures that mesh nodes automatically find the shortest, fastest path to the mesh router. With the Auto Healing feature, Wi-Fi Mesh automatically establishes an alternative path to the mesh router when a mesh node malfunctions. Wi-Fi Mesh also features easy network setup with Automatic Wireless AP Configuration, as network settings are replicated on additional units once the first has been configured. You can also see your mesh network’s weak spots clearly in real time with the Dynamic Network Assistant.

“We believe the Exo Series will effectively future-proof the home network with its powerful, intelligent technologies and capabilities,” said D-Link Corporation President Steve Lin. “With Wi-Fi Mesh and McAfee protection, we are truly bringing the best quality network experience to consumers.”

D-Link Exo Routers are equipped with McAfee protection for every device connected to the home network. The McAfee Secure Home Platform automatically protects all devices connected to the network, and emerging threats are identified and blocked thanks to McAfee’s Global Threat Intelligence. Advanced parental controls help ensure the safety of kids so that parents can rest easy. McAfee LiveSafe provides on-the-go protection when users are away from home. One simple app lets you monitor and control your devices so that your family stays connected and protected. Best of all, voice integration with Amazon Alexa allows for effortless, hands-free network security management.

“D-Link and McAfee share a common vision of keeping consumers protected in the face of a growing number of online threats,” said Shailaja Shankar, general manager, mobile and ISP business units, McAfee. “Our extended partnership with D-Link helps give consumers confidence to enjoy the benefits of a connected home in a time of digital uncertainty.”

Exo Routers’ Additional Features

  • Integration with the Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa
  • Powerful 880 MHz dual-core processor
    • Handles intensive network activity so users can enjoy buffer-free video streaming, lag-free gaming and lightning-fast surfing
  • Speedtest® by Ookla®
    • Built-in function for testing the speed of internet connection
  • Auto Update
    • Automatically downloads and installs firmware updates to ensure the best protection and latest features
    • Configuration is backed up before each update to create a restore point in case the update process fails or is interrupted


The D-Link Exo Series Routers and Extenders will be available for purchase from D-Link distributors and resellers in Q1 of 2019.


Sound Bar 40G/48W

Klipsh, a popular audio brand, announced two sound bars with Google Assistant. Details are light about the Klipsh Bar 40G, but it does have Google Assistant built-in, a remote, and HDMI support. Pricing and availability for this specific model is unavailable.

The larger Klipsh Bar 48W is “compatible with the Google Assistant, Alexa and AirPlay 2.” It’s not clear if that means the 48W has Assistant built-in or simply functions as a Cast speaker. The sound bar also has support for DTS Virtual:X immersive surround sound. Again, specific pricing or availability is unknown.

Heritage Wireless Three

If soundbars aren’t your thing, Klipsh also has the Heritage Wireless Three with Google Assistant. As the name imples, it has Assistant built-in, and will come in various wood finishes with metal accents. Availability and pricing has not been revealed.

Indianapolis, Ind. (January 3, 2018) — Klipsch®, a tech-driven audio company, announces today that it will debut a variety of innovative, premium sound solutions that are easy to use for a variety of applications at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2019. New products include a family of small wireless in-ear headphones that allow people to listen comfortably on the go, and premium sound solutions that are vast upgrades to television sound — including, wireless room or portable speakers with voice command functionality, feature-rich sound bars and wireless home theater speakers.

The Klipsch T5 family of in-ear headphones are small in size and weight, yet powerful in performance, technology, materials and comfort. Each model features the brand’s patented oval ear tips for ultimate comfort and an excellent seal for noise isolation and improved bass. There are four headphones in the lineup to complement a variety of lifestyles and use cases, such as the company’s first-ever T5 True Wireless ear buds, active lifestyle and professional versions, and a wired model. Prices range from $59-199 (US MSRP). Available spring 2019.

Klipsch is expanding its award-winning line of Heritage Wireless speakers. The company recently announced the introduction of The Three with Google Assistant built in and will debut new finish options, as well as smaller, portable options with similar technology, premium materials and impressive sound. Prices range from $149-$499 (US MSRP). Available spring and summer 2019.

Five new Klipsch sound bars will be showcased at CES 2019 that are a major upgrade to stand-alone television sound, enhancing movies and music with clarity and realism. The sound bars are designed with quality materials and horn-loaded technology to look and sound more like the brand’s premium Reference speakers than run-of-the-mill black plastic tubes. Models range from 40”-54” in width, with power and dynamics increasing with size. Klipsch Bar 40G becomes a personal assistant with the Google Assistant built in, Bar 48W is compatible with the Google Assistant, Alexa and AirPlay 2 and includes DTS Virtual:X immersive surround sound, and Klipsch Bar 54A adds an overhead dimension of sound with Dolby Atmos technology and discrete elevation drivers. The sound bars may be purchased with or without subwoofers. Prices range from $299-$1,599 (US MSRP). Available spring 2019, with a couple models shipping this fall.

Klipsch will demonstrate its latest version of easy-to-set-up and use, high resolution wireless speakers with WiSA technology. The speakers are designed for people that want the simplicity of a sound bar and high performance multi-channel capable audio from WiSA Ready TV’s, gaming systems and computers (connects through a USB transmitter). Notably, the price for a Klipsch 5.1 wireless home theater speaker system is approximately half the cost of the company’s first generation offering. Available early 2019.

Klipsch will have active demonstrations of these speakers in their CES booth #13529 in the Central Hall. Visit for press kit and additional product information.

To learn more about the Klipsch the Klipsch brand and its products, visit


About Klipsch Audio

In 1946 Paul W. Klipsch, inventor, acoustics pioneer and maverick, founded Klipsch Audio with the sole purpose of bringing the power, detail and emotion of the live music experience into his living room. Through the use of highly efficient speaker designs, handcrafted cabinetry and a thirst for real engineering breakthroughs – Klipsch, the great American loudspeaker company, was born in Hope, AR. Today, our diverse range of quality audio products includes speakers and headphones for almost any consumer and professional application – including cinema, whole-house, wireless, home theater and portable offerings. Honoring our founder’s legacy, Klipsch continues to be the legendary high-performance brand of choice for audiophiles and aficionados around the world. We are the Keepers of the Sound®. Klipsch Group, Inc. is a VOXX International Company (NASDAQ: VOXX).


Flo by Moen

Flo is a “water monitoring and leak detection system”, designed by faucet company Moen and Flo Technologies. It can provide information about water pressure, flow rate, and temperature within your home’s water supply system. It can be used through a mobile app, Alexa, Google Assistant, and IFTTT.

The MSRP is listed at $767.70, but it’s currently available from Home Depot for $499.00.

NORTH OLMSTED, Ohio & CULVER CITY, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Did you know more than one trillion gallons of water can be lost each year across the U.S. due to water leaks in homes*? To bring awareness to this issue and help homeowners protect their property from water damage and waste, Moen, the leader in water experiences in the home, has partnered with Flo Technologies, a company whose purpose is to help prevent loss, one drip at a time, to launch Flo by Moen, a game-changing smart home water monitoring and leak detection system that enables homeowners to control their home’s water from their smartphones.

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Flo by Moen calculates water pressure, flow rate and temperature within your home’s water supply system while using AI to differentiate normal water use from abnormal use. This enables the device to monitor and help detect water leaks and other vulnerabilities.

“By making water smarter through innovation, we’re giving consumers the power to be proactive in protecting themselves from costly water damage, while offering an advanced solution for water conservation in the home,” said Michael Poloha, group manager, IoT, Moen. “The technology and preventative approach of Flo by Moen changes an industry which typically relies solely on moisture sensors or flow measurements to recognize problems after water has caused serious damage or been wasted. Unlike reactive systems, Flo by Moen runs daily tests on the home’s water supply system to help identify vulnerabilities, including microleaks or increased water pressure, both of which are early indicators of a potential catastrophic pipe bursts, mold behind walls and other types of water damage.”

“We estimate the Flo Technologies community has saved as much as two million gallons of water in 2018 alone. We’re excited to partner with Moen to bring this technology to even more homeowners across North America as we continue on our mission to help prevent water waste and damage in homes,” said Gabriel Halimi, CEO and co-founder of Flo Technologies. “Fixing leaks in the water supply lines could save homeowners more than 10 percent on their water bills*. Not only can Flo by Moen eventually pay for itself with the money it can save homeowners, but it’s also helping to conserve our freshwater resources that are currently wasted because of leaks in the home.”

How It Works

Flo by Moen is comprised of a Wi-Fi connected device that is installed on the main water supply line going into the home and connected to a smartphone app.

Through Flo Technologies’ proprietary MicroLeak technology, Flo by Moen can monitor and detect pipe leaks in the water supply system, some as small as a single drop of water per minute throughout the home— including behind walls or in the foundation. Additionally, the device’s temperature sensors provide early warnings if water in the home’s water supply system is approaching freezing, helping to avoid burst pipes.

Flo by Moen also features FloSense, a proprietary machine learning technology that applies algorithms to learn how the home uses water and alerts the homeowner, if and when, it senses abnormalities. In the instance a potential catastrophic issue is detected, and the homeowner fails to respond to alerts, the system can be set to automatically shut off the water to protect the home from flooding with water.

Flo by Moen App

The Flo by Moen app, available on iOS and Android devices, provides users with real-time information about their home’s water consumption habits and alerts to any abnormalities. Within the app, users can control how the system provides alerts and respond to potential issues. Alerts may be sent to users through push notifications, via email, or by text or phone call. The user also can turn off their water directly from the app. If the issue is critical, and the user isn’t responding, the system can be set to shut off the water automatically to protect the home. In addition to alerting users to issues, Flo by Moen provides troubleshooting tips and can recommend and contact a service professional. The system is compatible with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and IFTTT.

Additionally, the Flo by Moen app helps users conserve water and reduce water bills with its sophisticated conservation program. At any time, homeowners can check their current water usage, compare to historical usage patterns, and set and monitor conservation goals within the app.


To provide homeowners with greater peace of mind, Flo Technologies also offers FloProtect, an optional subscription service available to all Flo by Moen users. For just $5 per month, FloProtect subscribers receive an additional layer of protection and benefits, including:

  • A water damage deductible guarantee. Flo Technologies will pay up to $2,500 towards an out-of-pocket homeowner’s insurance deductible. It’s Flo Technologies’ way of standing behind the effectiveness of the system.
  • Proactive monitoring by Flo Technologies’ experienced support team. Monitoring also includes Live Chat Support and access to Flo Technologies’ Water Concierge to answer questions about the home’s water system and help resolve water and plumbing issues.
  • An extended three-year product warranty.
  • Access to enhanced analysis and information about water usage, including usage per water fixture so homeowners can not only see how much water they’re using, but also where it’s being used.
  • A Flo Technologies Certified Letter for Insurance that may help reduce monthly homeowner’s insurance costs.

Flo by Moen is currently available in the U.S. and will be available in Canada later in 2019. For additional product details and purchase information, visit

CES 2019

Stop by booth #42337 (Sands, Halls A-D) at CES 2019 from January 8-11 to learn more about Flo by Moen and to see the product in action. Flo by Moen will also be on display at CES Unveiled at Mandalay Bay on January 6 and at Pepcom Digital Experience! at The Mirage on January 7.



As the #1 faucet brand in North America, Moen offers a diverse selection of thoughtfully designed kitchen and bath faucets, showerheads, accessories, bath safety products, kitchen sinks and garbage disposals for residential applications – delivering meaningful innovation, useful features, on-trend styling and lasting value. In addition, Moen® Commercial offers superior-performing products that can deliver lower lifetime costs for today’s facilities.

Moen is part of Fortune Brands Home & Security, Inc. (NYSE: FBHS), which creates products and services that help fulfill the dreams of homeowners and help people feel more secure. Moen anchors the Global Plumbing Group (GPG), which also includes several brands under The House of Rohl including Perrin & Rowe®, ROHL®, Riobel®, Shaws and Victoria + Albert. Its other segments include Master Lock® and Sentry® Safe security products, MasterBrand Cabinets® and Therma-Tru® entry door systems. Fortune Brands is part of the S&P 500 Index. For more information, please visit Visit Moen on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Flo Technologies is on a mission to prevent loss one drip at a time with its all-in-one home water supply security system. Flo’s smart leak prevention system gives homeowners the information and tools they need to help prevent water damage and unnecessary water waste proactively. While many believe their home’s water supply system is leak-free, the average household’s leaks can account for nearly 10,000 gallons of water wasted every year and 10 percent of homes have leaks that waste 90 gallons or more per day, according to the EPA. With decades of plumbing expertise, Flo is committed to helping prevent this water waste and protect every U.S. home from serious water damage. Flo is so confident in its system that it offers an optional guarantee of effectiveness for up to $2,500 towards your insurance deductible via its FloProtect program. To learn more, visit Find Flo Technologies on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.


Samsung 2019 QLED TVs

In one of the more surprising partnerships of CES, Samsung revealed that its 2019 LED TV lineup would support Apple’s AirPlay 2 and iTunes streaming service. The company also announced that the TVs would be controllable with Google Assistant and Alexa. You’ll be able to turn the screen on/off, change the volume, switch inputs, and more all with Assistant.


JBL Link Bar

The long-fabled JBL Link Bar will finally be released this spring, after it was originally scheduled to come out in October of last year. It functions as a soundbar, an Android TV box, and a Google Assistant speaker — all in one $400 package (with an optional $300 subwoofer).

JBL Link Drive

The first in-car Assistant device to come out of CES was JBL’s Link Drive. It acts as a bridge between your phone and your car, with the ability to stream music and annouce navigation steps through your car’s stereo (connected over Bluetooth or AUX). It’s coming this spring for $59.95 — see our full post here.

House of Marley

Get Together Mini

If you want a neat-looking Assistant speaker, the Get Together Mini from The House of Marley is a compelling option. It has a bamboo face plate, a fabric made of cotton and recycled plastic, and built-in Google Assistant. Full specifications aren’t available yet, but the release date is set for August, and the price will likely be $199.99.

Harman Kardon


Harman Kardon previously announced a massive lineup of Assistant-powered speakers at IFA 2018, and now they’re all on sale. Each speaker can be used by itself, or as part of a 5.1-channel surround sound system. Prices range from $200 for the Google Home-sized Citation One to $2,500 for the pair of Citation Tower speakers. More information is available in our post.


Elite 85h

Jabra revealed a new pair of noise-cancelling headphones with both Google Assistant and Alexa — the Elite 85h. It has an estimated battery life of 32 hours (with noice-cancelling enabled), a rating of IP52, and a two-year warranty that covers water and dust damage. The price is expected to be $299, and pre-orders will start in March.


Verdera Voice Lighted Mirror

Among Kohler’s many bathroom-related smart products at CES was the Verdera Voice Lighted Mirror. The Alexa version is already available, but it costs a whopping $1,665 for a 24″ x 33″ model, with the most expensive version being 40 x 33-inches for $2,165. A Google Assistant version is coming soon.

Kohler Veil Lighted Collection

Kohler also announced the Veil Lighted Collection, a toilet, bath, mirror, and three-piece vanity with complementary designs and synchronized lighting options. It can be controlled with Google Assistant, Alexa, and even Phillips Hue. Pricing starts at $199 for a motion sensor, up to $4,849 for the bathtub.

TP-Link Kasa

TP-Link announced quite a few smart home products at CES, under its ‘Kasa’ brand. All of these are compatible with Google Assistant, Alexa, and other assistants/services.

Smart Video Doorbell

First is the Kasa Smart Video Doorbell (KD100), a product very similar to the Nest Hello. It has a 2K camera with HDR support, infrared LEDs for night vision, two-way communication, and face detection. The doorbell will likely launch in the first half of 2019, and pricing is unknown at this time.

Wire-Free Outdoor Security Camera System

Speaking of outdoor security, TP-Link also announced the Wire-Free Outdoor Security Camera System (KC300). It’s sold in a pack of one, two, or three cameras, and it supports 1080p recording with two-way audio and night vision. A hub isn’t required, but if you do connect one, battery life is extended. The hub also adds “audio recordings that mimic occupancy.” As with the video doorbell, the outdoor security system should launch in the first half of 2019, and pricing is unknown.

Spot Indoor Security Camera

If you need to protect the inside of your house as well, TP-Link also revealed the Spot Indoor Security Camera (KC100). It has 130-degree 1080p recording, two-way audio, and support for multiple activity zones. TP-Link says you’ll be able to view a live feed on an Alexa smart display (like the Echo Show) or a Google Assistant smart display (like the Home Hub). The camera is expected to be released sometime this spring for $49.99.

Wi-Fi smart outlets

Moving onto smart outlets, TP-Link has a new one designed for outdoor use — the Wi-Fi Outdoor Plug (KP400). It has two plugs and is weather-resistant, but otherwise works identically to the company’s indoor plugs. TP-Link also announced the Wi-Fi Power Outlet (KP200), which replaces the power socket in your wall. The former is expected to cost $44.99, and the latter will be $39.99. Both products should be available in February.

Wi-Fi LED Light Strip

The Wi-Fi LED Light Strip (KL430) should be released sometime in the first half of 2019. It’s two meters long (6.6 ft), can be extended to up to 10 meters (32.8 ft), has eight controllable light sections, and supports multiple lighting effects.

Light Switch with Voice Assistant

The last product TP-Link announced is a bit strange — the Wi-Fi Light Switch with Voice Assistant (HS230). It’s a light switch with a built-in speaker and microphone for interacting with a voice assistant (the company told us they haven’t decided between Alexa or Google Assistant). Whatever lights the switch are connected to also become smart lights. It’s expected to launch in the first half of 2019.


KitchenAid Smart Display

Smart displays are extremely useful in the kitchen, where you can play videos and flip through recipes with just your voice. Whirlpool announced its own Assistant smart display at CES, which promises to be IPX5 water-reistant. It also has a 10-inch screen and “exclusive” extra cooking content from Yummly.

The KitchenAid Smart Display will likely go on sale in the second half of 2019, and cost somewhere between $200 and $300.

KitchenAid Connected Range

Moving onto appliances, Whirlpool revealed the ‘KitchenAid Connected Commercial-Style Range,’ which combines an oven and stove in one unit. It uses a “unique bow-tie design” and convection fan to improve airflow, and will eventually support voice commands with Google Assistant and Alexa.

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 9, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Cooking, for many, is an outlet for creativity, and KitchenAid is launching new products at this year’s CES® to bring new possibilities to life for passionate home cooks. With the KitchenAid® Connected Commercial-Style Range, planned for launch in 2019, makers will be able to express creativity in the kitchen. The versatile range helps those whose love of the kitchen is a part of who they are to unlock their true cooking potential and achieve the results they want.

“Our products are inspired by those who use them. In this case, that’s people whose favorite room at home is the kitchen,” said Christy Hoskins, senior brand manager for KitchenAid. “With this new KitchenAid range, we hope to encourage culinary creativity – be it testing a new recipe or tackling a challenging new cooking technique – among this passionate group.”

The upcoming release of the Connected Commercial-Style Range comes as KitchenAid highlights makers in its ongoing “Marks” campaign, which serves to celebrate the personal marks – physical, behavioral, emotional, or design-oriented – of those who bring passion to the kitchen.

KitchenAid commercial-style ranges will bring the tools of professional chefs into residential kitchens, aiding in savoring the process of cooking with features including:

  • Ultra Power™ Burners: Allow users to melt and simmer food to their particular preferences. The middle burner is also easily removable, allowing a wok to fit precisely within the burner – making it easy for cooks to experiment with new flavors and cooking styles.
  • Even-Heat™ True Convection: With a unique bow-tie design and convection fan, Even-Heat™ promotes airflow ensuring the interior is heated to, and stays at, the desired temperature for consistent baking and cooking.
  • KitchenAid™ App Connectivity: The Connected Commercial-Style Range will be compatible with the KitchenAid app as well, allowing users to monitor and control the oven at the touch of a smartphone or tablet. *
  • Voice Control: Coming soon, voice control capabilities with the Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa ensure users are able to control the appliance remotely with simple commands, from another room of their home, if needed. **

With eight colors, outside of the classic stainless-steel finish, passionate cooks can express their individual style even when not making a meal. Users will also be able to alter the range color with a new door and kick plate to breathe fresh life into their kitchen.

From January 8-11, CES® attendees can get up close to all Whirlpool Corporate innovations at booth #41925 in the Smart Home section, located at the Sands Expo Center.

For more information on the brand’s products and to join the conversation, visit and follow #ConnectToMore #CES2019.

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** Voice control availability may vary by region.

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About KitchenAid
Since the introduction of its legendary stand mixer in 1919 and first dishwasher in 1949, KitchenAid has built on the legacy of these icons to create a complete line of products designed for those with a passion to make. Today, the KitchenAid® brand offers virtually every essential for the well-equipped kitchen with a collection that includes everything from countertop appliances to cookware, ranges to refrigerators, and whisks to wine cellars. To learn more, visit or join us at and

WLabs Smart Countertop Oven

The latest product to come out of WLabs, an ‘innovation incubator’ in Whirlpool, is the Smart Countertop Oven. It’s large enough to cook an entire chicken or a 12-inch pizza, and offers cooking status notifications and integration with Google Assistant and Alexa.

It will be available for pre-order “in a limited quanity” at WLab’s website, with an MSRP of $799.

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 8, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — WLabs™, Whirlpool Corporation’s innovation incubator, will be introducing its latest smart kitchen solution in 2019: the Smart Countertop Oven. Engineered to fit easily on your counter, the Smart Countertop Oven’s leading food identification technology automatically recognizes various types of food placed inside, and sets the time and temperature needed for a personalized and optimal result.

“This new smart oven is about making cooking easier, intuitive and customized. It takes the guesswork out of cooking,” said Doug Searles, general manager for WLabs. “The oven also demonstrates how at WLabs, we harness the 107-year heritage of Whirlpool Corporation in the home appliance industry, and apply that expertise to develop innovations that truly break the mold and unlock the next generation of products for the home.”

The oven’s food identification technology automatically recognizes the food type and temperature for select foods, and selects the appropriate cooking algorithm designed specifically for that food. The algorithm controls the time and temperature for perfectly cooked broccoli, chicken, pizza and more, regardless of whether it’s frozen or fresh. The powerful convection heating system eliminates the need to preheat for certain food types and maintains a uniform temperature throughout the oven to evenly cook the food.

The Smart Countertop Oven is engineered to be small enough to fit on your counter, yet large enough to cook a whole chicken or a 12-inch pizza. It features a touch-screen interface, stainless steel interior, and comes with a wooden cutting board.

Other appliance features include:*

  • Live-look-in for those who can’t resist checking in on their dinner and real-time monitoring
  • Cooking status notifications via mobile and the ability to adjust from anywhere in the home
  • A smart food thermometer to ensure your food is perfectly cooked all the way through
  • Multifunctionality, engaging the oven’s 11 cooking modes – bake, broil, convection bake, convection roast, toast, reheat, proof, dehydrate, air fry, slow cook and keep warm – to get your dish to its ideal taste and texture
  • One-touch start to reduce confusion in choosing between broil or bake
  • Preheat times that are built into cooking algorithms for most foods, reducing the lag time between starting your appliance and inserting the food
  • Scan-to-cook technology that allows users to easily cook some of their frozen favorites**
  • Voice activation using the Google Assistant or an Amazon Alexa to keep your hands-free †

The Smart Countertop Oven will be available for pre-order in a limited quantity at with an MSRP of $799. It will make its debut at CES® 2019 in Whirlpool Corporation’s Booth #41925 in the Smart Home section, at the Sands Expo Center.

For more information on the corporation’s products and to join the conversation, visit and follow #ConnectToMore #CES2019.

* WiFi & App required for connected features. Features subject to change. Details and privacy info at  Appliance must be set to Remote Enable for remote control capabilities.  
** Select frozen foods only.
† Voice control availability may vary by region.

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About Whirlpool Corporation:
Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE: WHR) is the world’s leading major home appliance company, with approximately $21 billion in annual sales, 92,000 employees and 70 manufacturing and technology research centers in 2017. The company markets Whirlpool, KitchenAid, Maytag, Consul, Brastemp, Amana, Bauknecht, Jenn-Air, Indesit and other major brand names in nearly every country throughout the world. Additional information about the company can be found at, or find us on Twitter at @WhirlpoolCorp.

Whirlpool Smart All-in-One Washer & Dryer

This bad boy can wash and dry clothes without any human intervention, with automatic detergent measurement and remote access through a mobile app. It’s available to purchase now, but the Google Asistant and Alexa integration won’t arrive until later this year.

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 9, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Whirlpool engineers are always seeking new ways for their appliances to remove extra steps from the laundry routine in order to help people spend more time caring elsewhere. Their solution is the new Whirlpool® Smart All-in-One Washer and Dryer, a CES® 2019 Innovation Award Honoree that completes a load of laundry in the same machine, allowing for one load to be completely washed and dried without moving items from the washer to the dryer. Now available for purchase, Whirlpool brand’s newly upgraded laundry unit features smart laundry capabilities through the Whirlpool® app, and coming soon in 2019, voice control with a compatible voice-enabled device will be available to make laundry easier from start to finish.*

“Removing little steps in our daily routines makes a surprisingly big difference, especially when laundry can keep you tethered to appliances all day,” said Nelly Martínez Garza, laundry brand manager, Whirlpool brand. “We’re changing how laundry is done with the new Whirlpool Smart All-In-One Washer and Dryer, which eliminates transfer between the washer and dryer. The technology allows families to get a load of laundry done – wash to dry – without multiple trips to the laundry room.”

Each feature of the Whirlpool® Smart All-In-One Washer & Dryer is designed to remove guesswork and provide the right care for each load, helping families do laundry seamlessly from start to finish. Features include:

  • Load & Go™ XL Plus Dispenser: Add a few extra minutes back into a busy day by skipping a step – measuring and filling detergent. Simply add detergent and fabric softener once and skip refills for 40 loads.† Automatic dispensing ensures each load gets the right amount of detergent, at the right time, giving clothing precise fabric care.
  • Voice Control with Compatible Voice-Enabled Device: Coming soon in 2019, you will be able to keep up with laundry no matter what, even when in the middle of cooking dinner, with simple voice commands using a Google Assistant or an Amazon Alexa-enabled device. You will be able to access features of the Whirlpool® Smart All-In-One Washer & Dryer from the comfort of the living room using Amazon Alexa and Google Home, or Apple Watch.‡.
  • Smart Laundry Capabilities with the Whirlpool® app: When enjoying time with family, consumers can still control the Whirlpool® Smart All-In-One Washer & Dryer through a smartphone with the enhanced connection features from the Whirlpool® app. Through the app, families can program their laundry cycle to get the desired outcome every time by keeping laundry moving from start to finish. Some innovative connected capabilities include:
    • Launching in 2019, Task Manager: Manage laundry day from anywhere. The Whirlpool® app will allow users to assign family members tasks like transferring a load to the dryer or folding clean clothes, which they’ll receive a notification about on their smart mobile devices.
    • Coming soon, Amazon Dash Replenishment, allowing users to automatically reorder laundry supplies from Amazon when running low so supplies never run out.

From January 8-11, CES® attendees can get up close to all Whirlpool Corporate innovations at booth #41925 in the Smart Home section, located at the Sands Expo Center.

For more information on the brand’s care-centric product innovations and to join the conversation, visit and follow #ConnectToMore #CES2019.

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 Model WFC9820H. Based on an 8-lb load.
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About Whirlpool Brand
For more than one hundred years, Whirlpool brand has been inspired by how people care for their families. Whirlpool brand is designing home appliances that are focused on improving how families give and get the care they need with the latest technologies and innovations – whether that means flexible refrigerator storage for all types of family needs, induction technology for efficient cooking and easier cleaning, or laundry pairs that sense and adapt to clothes. Whirlpool brand is part of Whirlpool Corporation, the world’s leading manufacturer of major home appliances. Whirlpool Corporation is also one of Habitat for Humanity’s largest corporate partners for over 15 dedicated years, donating a refrigerator and range to every new Habitat for Humanity home built in North America. For more information on Whirlpool, please visit or find us on Facebook at or Twitter at @WhirlpoolUSA. Additional information about the company can be found at


HP Omen 65″ Gaming Display

Nvidia first teased a series of gaming monitors with Android TV built-in at last year’s CES, and now you can actually pre-order one. The Nvidia x HP Omen 65″ 4K gaming monitor is the first of its kind, with a 120Hz refresh rate and HDR support. It has an entire Nvidia Shield TV built-in, so you get Google Assistant and all the Android TV apps your heart desires.

The HP Omen model will become available in February, for a measly $4,999.

General Electric

C by GE

General Electric already sells smart lights designed specifically for the Google Home, and now the company has announced a few more products under the ‘C by GE’ brand. There’s an LED light strip, a light switch, a smart plug, colored bulbs, and a motion sensor.

The lights will apparently cost between $40 and $75 and the smart plug will be $25, but we don’t know prices for the switch or motion sensor yet.


SmartCast 3.0

The third major update to Vizio’s TV operating system, SmartCast, will begin rolling out to new and existing smart TVs in Q2 2019. It includes support for Apple AirPlay 2, HomeKit, Google Assistant, and Alexa. That means you can use Siri, Assistant, or Alexa to control your Vizio TV.

IRVINE, Calif. and LAS VEGAS, Jan. 7, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — VIZIO, Inc. announced today the latest iteration of its easy-to-use smart TV experience, VIZIO SmartCast 3.0, which will offer unparalleled value to consumers through new seamless integrations, features and content offerings. With support for Apple AirPlay 2, millions of VIZIO SmartCast users can effortlessly play videos, music, photos and more directly from their iPhone, iPad and Mac to SmartCast TVs. HomeKit, Apple’s secure smart home platform, will also be supported, enabling customers to easily control their SmartCast TVs using the Home app or by asking Siri. Support for AirPlay 2 and HomeKit on VIZIO SmartCast TVs will be available for registered beta members across the U.S. and Canada to experience in Q1 2019. Following the beta, VIZIO SmartCast 3.0 will roll out via free cloud-based updates to new and existing SmartCast TVs and displays in Q2 20191.

“At our core, VIZIO is committed to delivering value. SmartCast 3.0 is one of the ways we’re doing just that. By adding support for Apple AirPlay 2 and HomeKit, users can play content from their iPhone, iPad and Mac directly to SmartCast TVs, and enable TV controls through the Home app and Siri,” said Bill Baxter, Chief Technology Officer, VIZIO. “SmartCast 3.0 also supports Google Assistant and provides access to thousands of Google Chromecast-enabled apps. Additional support for Alexa rounds out our voice control offerings, allowing VIZIO SmartCast to seamlessly fit into any household with Siri, Google Assistant or Alexa. We’re excited to be the first in the marketplace to support such a wide range of ways for consumers to sit back and enjoy the entertainment they love.”

AirPlay 2 
With a simple tap of the AirPlay icon, users will be able to stream 4K and Dolby Vision HDR movies and TV shows from iTunes and other video apps as well as music, photos and more directly from their iPhone, iPad and Mac to their SmartCast TVs2. Users can also mirror content such as web pages and presentations to their VIZIO SmartCast TVs. AirPlay 2 also features multi-room audio capabilities so users can listen to Apple Music, music from their iTunes library, and third-party music services as well as podcasts on their VIZIO SmartCast TV, HomePod, Apple’s wireless home music speaker, or other AirPlay 2-compatible speakers at the same time, all in sync.

HomeKit allows customers to easily and securely control smart home products using the Home app or by asking Siri on their Apple devices. VIZIO SmartCast TVs can be added to the Home app and included in scenes or automations like any other HomeKit accessory. Customers can also use iPhone and iPad to turn their SmartCast TV on or off from the Home app, change volume and switch inputs, and ask Siri from iPhone and iPad to play movies, TV shows or music with AirPlay 2.

Additional Features
Rounding out VIZIO SmartCast 3.0 are new Google Assistant and Alexa functionalities along with updates to the intuitive user interface.

Building on existing voice control support, SmartCast 3.0 will offer expanded Google Assistant actions for VIZIO SmartCast TVs. Consumers with a Google Home or Google Assistant-enabled device will have the ability to use simple voice commands to launch apps, select inputs as well as pause, resume, stop, fast-forward, rewind content and more. Users with Alexa-enabled devices can also control their TV, and coming later this year, launch apps without lifting a finger.

Whether a smart-home enthusiast, cord-cutter or everyday entertainment consumer, VIZIO SmartCast 3.0 provides users with versatile and intuitive ways to experience endless entertainment. New apps continue to be added to SmartCast Home™, VIZIO’s on-screen smart TV experience, joining popular favorites like Netflix, Prime Video, Hulu, Vudu, iHeartRadio, CBS All Access, NBC and more3.

SmartCast 3.0 also includes VIZIO WatchFree, the completely free streaming service that provides access to live news, sports, movies, TV shows, viral videos, concerts and more all without the expense of monthly subscriptions or transaction fees. WatchFree is easily accessible via a dedicated input and is also located on the SmartCast Home screen. With the rollout of SmartCast 3.0, users will be able to enjoy new channels, including TV Spotlight, which features rotating box office favorites. New channels will  join popular WatchFree offerings such as NBC News/MSNBC/CNBC, Fox Sports, Bloomberg Television, Action Movies, Crime Network, Fail Army, PeopleTV and more.

More information surrounding VIZIO SmartCast 3.0 will be available closer to launch. To learn more about support for AirPlay 2 and HomeKit, Google Assistant or Alexa visit

1The SmartCast 3.0 update is available only to eligible SmartCast TVs and displays enabled with SmartCast Home™, VIZIO’s on-screen smart TV experience
24K and Dolby Vision HDR available via select apps
3The third-party applications and content described herein may only be available in certain countries and languages, may require additional fees or subscription charges, and may be subject to future updates, modifications, interruption and/or discontinuation of service without notice, and VIZIO has no control over such content.

VIZIO’s mission is to deliver the ultimate entertainment experience through our community of connected consumers, advertisers, and media content providers. Through our connected entertainment platform, VIZIO is transforming the way consumers discover and experience media content. Since our founding in California in 2002, VIZIO has built an industry-leading brand of products, including televisions, sound bars and other devices. VIZIO is a leading HDTV and sound bar brand in America. VIZIO product leadership is highlighted by a number of industry reviews and awards, making the 2018 collection the most awarded in company history. The 2018 VIZIO SmartCast E-, P-, and P-Series Quantum TVs have earned‘s Editors’ Choice awards1. VIZIO 2018 P-Series earned Wirecutter’s Best LCD/LED TV and the P-Series Quantum earned their Upgrade Pick2. VIZIO’s SB3651 was named “Best Budget Pick” by Wirecutter3, a New York Times company. The SB3621n-E8 sound bar received a 9.1 score and an Editor’s Choice from CNET4.
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Vizio 36″ Sound Bar

Vizio also announecd a sound bar with support for Google Assistant. The 36″ 5.1.4 and 36″ 3.1.2 models will be controllable using Assistant (it’s not built-in), and will also function as audio-only Chromecasts. Pricing and availability has not been announced yet.

IRVINE, Calif. and LAS VEGAS, Jan. 7, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — VIZIO, Inc. announced today its 2019 audio lineup, highlighted by the VIZIO 36″ 5.1.4 and 36″ 3.1.2 Home Theater Sound Systems with Dolby Atmos. Designed to infuse cinematic audio into a variety of entertainment setups, the all-new 36″ systems deploy sound from every angle, even overhead. Both the 5.1.4 and 3.1.2 configurations feature discreet upward-firing speakers that deliver up to 10 channels of incredibly immersive sound. The 2019 collection also features a 20″ 2.0 Sound Bar which is ideal for a bedroom or den, and 36″ 5.1 and 2.1 Sound Bar Systems that both feature a uniquely-designed slim subwoofer that can easily disappear underneath or behind a couch to preserve TV room aesthetics. The VIZIO 36″ 5.1.4 and 36″ 3.1.2 Home Theater Sound Systems with Dolby Atmos, as well as the VIZIO 20″ 2.0 Sound Bar and 36″ 5.1 and 2.1 Sound Bar Systems will be available in Spring 2019.

“Identifying the right home audio solution isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach, which is why VIZIO is continuously adding new configurations that allow users to tailor their sound experience to match their listening environment,” said Bill Baxter, Chief Technology Officer, VIZIO. “From versatile sound bars that widen the soundstage and improve audio quality in smaller rooms, to our premium home theater sound systems with Dolby Atmos which deliver immersive, multidimensional sound at a great value, we’re providing consumers with even more audio options to complement a variety of home entertainment spaces and budgets.”

The VIZIO 36″ 5.1.4 and 36″ 3.1.2 Home Theater Sound Systems with Dolby Atmos build on VIZIO’s value promise and heritage of award-winning audio performance. Designed to pair with a variety of televisions and room sizes, the two new configurations boast up to four upward-firing speakers designed to reflect sound off the ceiling, providing enhanced sound depth. From birds fluttering overhead to helicopters swirling above and around, the new VIZIO systems feature Dolby Atmos audio technology to further draw viewers into their entertainment. Engineered with cinephiles and gamers in mind, each system pushes rich sound from the bar’s front left and right channels, expanding the soundstage. A separate center channel enables crystal-clear dialogue, while powerful wireless subwoofers produce room-shaking bass. The 36″ 5.1.4 features rear surround sound and is complete with a six-inch subwoofer. The 36″ 3.1.2 features a newly designed, powerful slim subwoofer that provides consumers another configuration option to suit a variety of entertainment setups. The slim subwoofer conveniently tucks underneath a sofa, or can easily be hidden in a corner for an overall clean aesthetic while still providing deep bass. Highlighted by a simple, plug-and-play installation process – eliminating the need for additional components such as receivers, amplifiers or other cables – the offerings yield cinematic sound within minutes and are packaged in a sleek, industrial form-factor.

VIZIO’s latest sound bar systems with Dolby Atmos feature Chromecast built-in, allowing users to stream music from favorite audio apps like Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio and Google Play Music1. By tapping the Cast button, or by downloading the free SmartCast Mobile app, users can transform any mobile device into a powerful touchscreen remote to stream music directly to their VIZIO home theater sound system.

The 36″ 5.1.4 and 36″ 3.1.2 solutions also offer voice-control support for Google Assistant, allowing users to control their sound bars using only their voice. While Bluetooth® is integrated into all VIZIO audio products, streaming over a Wi-Fi connection allows listeners to control playback over a greater range compared to Bluetooth, in addition to experiencing higher quality audio without interruptions from texts or phone calls.

For consumers looking to add room-filling sound to a bedroom, kid’s playroom or den, the all-new VIZIO 20″ 2.0 Sound Bar and 36″ 5.1 and 2.1 Sound Bar Systems are great options. The 20″ 2.0 configuration packs incredible sound quality into a compact aesthetic. By widening the soundstage beyond what TV speakers are capable of, the 20″ 2.0 Sound Bar packs amazing sound into a small package. The compact bar features two powerful full-range stereo speakers to boost audio performance and integrated deep bass modules that provide room-filling bass. VIZIO’s 36″ 5.1 and 2.1 Sound Bar Systems for 2019 are another great solution for more intimate viewing environments, or larger home theater rooms. These new sound bar systems pump out up to 100 dB of amazing sound and feature a new wireless slim subwoofer that adds deep bass as low as 50 Hz without taking up too much space. Each features integrated DTS Virtual:X technology to simulate height for a true surround sound experience.

More information surrounding VIZIO’s all-new 2019 audio collection will be available closer to launch.

1The third party applications and content described herein may only be available in certain countries and languages, may require additional fees or subscription charges, and may be subject to future updates, modifications, interruption and/or discontinuation of service without notice, and VIZIO has no control over such content.


VIZIO’s mission is to deliver the ultimate entertainment experience through our community of connected consumers, advertisers, and media content providers. Through our connected entertainment platform, VIZIO is transforming the way consumers discover and experience media content. Since our founding in California in 2002, VIZIO has built an industry-leading brand of products, including televisions, sound bars and other devices. VIZIO is a leading HDTV and sound bar brand in America. VIZIO product leadership is highlighted by a number of industry reviews and awards, making the 2018 collection the most awarded in company history. The 2018 VIZIO SmartCast E-, P-, and P-Series Quantum TVs have earned‘s Editors’ Choice awards1. VIZIO 2018 P-Series earned Wirecutter’s Best LCD/LED TV and the P-Series Quantum earned their Upgrade Pick2. VIZIO’s SB3651 was named “Best Budget Pick” by Wirecutter3, a New York Times company. The SB3621n-E8 sound bar received a 9.1 score and an Editor’s Choice from CNET4.


Daikin One+ Thermostat

The North American branch of Daikin announced its own smart thermostat at CES, the One+. In addition to adjusting the temperature, it also can serve as a controller for a professional HVAC system, making it a great option for office buildings. Daikin also plans to offer indoor air quality modules and other components that can interact with the One+, and the system supports Alexa and Google Assistant.

HOUSTON & LAS VEGAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Daikin North America LLC today introduced The Daikin One+™ smart thermostat, an architecturally-inspired intelligent home air management controller. Beyond a typical smart thermostat, it is a controller for a full professional HVAC system with a growing ecosystem of air quality modules to give consumers more control over the air they breathe and a premium HVAC experience.

Daikin, the world’s largest heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) manufacturer, is a global innovator of advanced solutions for residential, commercial and industrial applications for 90+ years. With the introduction of the Daikin One™ ecosystem, Daikin is up-ending the status quo in the HVAC market, where players have been conservative in adopting IoT technologies and, until recently, relegated leadership in the smart thermostat category to consumer electronics brands.

The Daikin One+ smart thermostat is the first smart thermostat to offer full two-way communications and serves as a cloud-connected hub and controller for sophisticated, communicating HVAC systems. In combination with Daikin’s smart inverter HVAC systems, such as the Daikin FIT™ system, the Daikin One ecosystem of indoor air quality modules provides an unparalleled, integrated solution for temperature control and air quality. It allows people to “Visualize the Air™” inside their home and reacts on cues to provide a premium indoor air environment. That’s “Air Intelligence™.”

The Daikin One+ smart thermostat is different from other smart thermostats in four ways:

1. It’s not just a switch to turn the HVAC system on and off. Other smart thermostats from consumer electronics companies lack the protocols to communicate with HVAC equipment. And, while some other HVAC manufacturers offer custom controllers, they lack sophisticated user interface and physical design.

2. In combination with the Daikin One ecosystem, it offers indoor air quality modules, including the Daikin One air cleaner, Daikin One home air monitor and Daikin One zone monitor that all work together seamlessly. For example, homeowners are notified when a contaminant event occurs and have the option to run the HVAC system to help reduce contaminants.

3. Because of its intelligence, the Daikin One+ smart thermostat enables users to set different temperatures in different zones of a home, keeping residents comfortable wherever they are in the home.

4. The thermostat interface lets a user decide how to control a home’s temperature in two different ways: digital and analog. Daikin offers both technologies for simple and sophisticated control, in one elegantly designed thermostat.

Re-imagining the thermostat: Applying world-class design for extraordinary simplicity and premium experience

The Daikin One+ smart thermostat was beautifully crafted and designed in collaboration with one of the consumer electronics industry’s and Silicon Valley’s leading industrial product designers, Fred Bould of Bould Design. Bould, the designer of many iconic consumer devices, worked in cooperation with Dubberly Design Office to develop a state-of-the-art user interface with Daikin engineers in Houston.

The thermostat design features a double square structure that pairs a sophisticated high-resolution digital color touch screen on the left side with the proven functionality of a classic analog dial control on the right side. This arrangement reflects well-established patterns of cognitive interaction (reading from left to right). For fast, on-the-go temperature adjustments, the dial is the perfect tool. For more involved control, such as setting a schedule, a refined capacitive touch interface offers an easy-to-understand menu system. A simple touch on the display reveals access to the full range of settings.

New and casual users see the current temperature, turn the dial, and see the set points. But just taps away are other key features — scheduled set-point changes, energy-saving “away” set-points and air quality readings. Users can also opt for user-friendly mobile applications and voice control via leading voice assistance platforms. Professional contractors can go even deeper into operations, but these settings are kept well out of the way of casual users.

Reinforcing the touch interface experience is a thin light strip that projects an orange or blue glow underneath the thermostat to indicate the current system mode: orange for heating, blue for cooling. A proximity sensor wakes the thermostat on approach to be ready for input.

Daikin took the same level of care with design and development of the user interface, companion mobile app and contractor installation app.

“Daikin’s philosophy is one of simplicity. Fitness-for-purpose. Craftsmanship. Thoroughness. A feeling of calm,” said Dennis Thoren, VP of technology strategy for Daikin. “We explicitly designed the Daikin One+ smart thermostat for three different audiences: casual users who simply want to change the temperature; homeowners who are concerned about maximizing efficiency and customizing settings to their needs, and finally, it had to work for our professional contractors, the folks installing the system, who have sophisticated technical needs.”

Inside the Daikin One+ smart thermostat

An integrated Wi-Fi radio connects to the homeowner app through the internet, while a sub-GHz radio gathers data from remote sensors and talks to other thermostats in the home to support independent zone control. Dual processors allow the thermostat to connect with other thermostats and the companion app, gather data from remote sensors and maintain two-way communication with the HVAC equipment to control the whole system. Geo-fencing automatically reduces energy use and saves money when no one is home, and the device supports utility demand-response programs to further reduce energy expenses.

The Daikin One cloud also seamlessly integrates with open smart home architectures including Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. It has an open application programming interface (API) for other home automation platforms, allowing consumers to effortlessly use features such as voice control. Further, Daikin’s One cloud will allow utilities to reduce power demand simply and effectively using OpenADR 2.0 protocol that allows consumers to benefit through lower electricity bills.

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About Daikin

Daikin Industries, Ltd. (DIL) is a Fortune 1000 company with more than 70,000 employees worldwide, and is the world’s number 1 air conditioning company. Daikin North America LLC (DNA) is a subsidiary of DIL. DNA and its affiliates manufacture heating and cooling systems for residential, commercial and industrial use and are sold via a select group of independent HVAC contractors. DIL manufacturing operations include facilities at Houston, TX and Fayetteville, TN. For additional information, visit

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Hum by Verizon

A few carriers already sell connected car accessories, and now it’s Verizon’s turn. ‘Hum by Verizon’ plugs into a car’s OBD port and provides diagnostic information, the location, trip history, and more. It also functions as a Google Assistant speaker. Verizon expects Hum will go on sale in Q1 2019.

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 7, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Consumer Electronics Show (CES) — Hum by Verizon, an all-in-one connected car solution that gives users vehicle location, diagnostics, emergency roadside assistance, trip history and more, will be the first 4G LTE connected car solution that has the Google Assistant built in.

With a simple tap on the HumX speaker’s call button, you can access the Google Assistant. With the Google Assistant built in, HumX users will be able to manage tasks and get answers to questions hands-free while on the road.

What’s more, because Hum works with the Google Assistant, users will be able to use any Google Assistant device, such as a smartphone, tablet, Google Home or HumX, to perform Hum-specific actions, such as locate a vehicle, access trip history, set a speed alert, or get fuel status. Once a customer links their Google account with their Hum account, these Hum Actions and more will be available for HumX and Hum+ customers alike through the Google Assistant.

“More than ever, we’re empowering drivers with information they need for the road ahead,” said Michael Maddux, vice president of product for Verizon Connect. “Using the Google Assistant, Hum customers can ask about their car’s location, fuel level or about any of the day’s priorities, such as how long it will take to get to work or what’s on their calendar.”

HumX with the Google Assistant will be available at Verizon Wireless retail stores and through in the first quarter of 2019. Customers who already own the second generation of HumX will receive an over-the-air update that will automatically add the Google Assistant to their Hum device.

For more information and a demonstration of Hum with the Google Assistant, please visit Hum by Verizon today (Monday, Jan. 7) at Digital Experience (Pepcom) at the Mirage Hotel from 7 PM to 10:30 PM Pacific Time.

About Verizon Connect 
Verizon Connect is guiding a connected world on the go by automating, optimizing and revolutionizing the way people, vehicles and things move through the world. Our full suite of industry-defining solutions and services put innovation, automation and connected data to work for customers and help them be safer, more efficient and more productive. With more than 3,500 dedicated employees in 15 countries, we deliver leading mobile technology platforms and solutions. For more on Verizon Connect, visit

About the Google Assistant
Google Assistant is a powerful virtual assistant developed by Google that can help manage your tasks, plan your day, answer questions, control your home, and more. To learn more about what you can ask the Google Assistant, visit


McAfee Secure Home

McAfee currently offers a ‘Secure Home’ platform for companies to integrate into their routers, for some reason. At CES, the company announced that Google Assistant is now integrated into its Secure Home platform. Assuming you have a router with McAfee’s software, you can now say commands like “how many devices are connected to my home router network” and “scan my home router network.”

LAS VEGAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–CES— Today McAfee announced the planned launch of the new McAfee Secure Home Platform voice commands for the Google Assistant. The McAfee Secure Home Platform is available today for device manufacturers worldwide to integrate into routers and gateways. With this forthcoming Google Assistant integration, customers with a McAfee Secure Home Platform-enabled router and compatible Assistant devices will be able to easily use voice commands to customize and monitor security of their connected homes.

To more easily manage home network security, McAfee Secure Home Platform voice commands will be available for the Google Assistant on McAfee Secure Home Platform-enabled routers and all compatible Assistant devices

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McAfee Secure Home Platform provides a built-in layer of security that automatically protects internet-connected devices on the home network from a variety of threats and delivers comprehensive parental controls. As people bring Internet of Things (IoT) devices into their homes for increased convenience and efficiency, the amount of information shared with and collected by these gadgets also increases. As a result, consumers must think about security not only for protecting traditional devices like PCs, laptops and smartphones, but also for connected home items, like smart appliances, gaming consoles and more.

“From connected toasters to smart TVs consumers are enjoying the conveniences associated with the IoT devices as they enhance their everyday lives, but so are cybercriminals,” said Shailaja Shankar, general manager, mobile and ISP business units, McAfee. “For that reason, consumers must evolve their approach to cybersecurity to keep pace with today’s rapidly-changing environment. In an increasingly connected home, managing security must be simple. The McAfee Secure Home Platform Actions for the Google Assistant empowers consumers with an easy way to manage their home’s network security using their voice.”

Consumers can use their voice to manage McAfee Secure Home Platform features with Google Assistant-enabled devices. A partial list of voice commands includes:

  • “Hey Google, how many devices are connected to my home router network” – This provides users with the number of devices connected to the network
  • “Hey Google, scan my home router network” – This will scan IoT/connected devices on the network for known weaknesses


The McAfee Secure Home Platform is available today for device manufacturers worldwide to integrate into routers and gateways. The McAfee Actions for the Google Assistant will be available to McAfee Secure Home Platform customers in the coming months.

About McAfee

McAfee is the device-to-cloud cybersecurity company. Inspired by the power of working together, McAfee creates business and consumer solutions that make our world a safer place.

McAfee technologies’ features and benefits depend on system configuration and may require enabled hardware, software, or service activation. No computer system can be secure. McAfee® and the McAfee logo are trademarks of McAfee, LLC or its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries. Other marks and brands may be claimed as the property of others.


Sengled Smart Lights

Sengled, a company specializing in smart lights, announced a range of new light bulbs at CES. The ‘Smart LED extra-bright 100W replacement bulb’ (excellent name) claims to be the first smart bulb with 1500 lumens in a traditional A19 size. The company also revealed a multi-color lightstrip, a multi-color A19 bulb, and other smart lights.

The extra-bright 100W bulb is expected to come in the first half of 2019, but pricing is not available yet. The multi-coloir A19 bulb will go on sale “in early Q2.”

LAS VEGAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today at CES Unveiled, smart lighting company Sengled announces a new range of smart light bulbs. The new lineup includes the brightest smart light on the market, Sengled Smart LED extra-bright 100W replacement bulb, which has been recognized as a CES 2019 Innovation Award Honoree in the Smart Home category.

“Our new product announcements demonstrate how Sengled is continuing to push the limits of what is possible with smart lighting”

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The unveiling of the Sengled Smart LED extra-bright 100W replacement bulb highlights Sengled’s dedication to pushing the limits of what lighting can do in the home. Designed to replace a traditional 100W light bulb, the Sengled Smart LED extra-bright 100W replacement bulb is the first-to-market 100 watt replacement smart bulb with 1500 lumens and the traditional A19 form factor. The high light output combined with the traditional A19 size means consumers can seamlessly swap any 100W light bulb with this smart bulb and not compromise the overall light level in that space. Like other Sengled Smart LED (Sengled Element) bulbs, users can set schedules and routines and monitor energy savings using the Sengled Home app.

In addition to announcing this industry first smart bulb, Sengled is unveiling other lighting products so consumers can not only do more, but also play more and know more with smart lighting. The unveiling of the Sengled Smart LED Multicolor Lightstrip and Sengled Smart Wi-Fi Multicolor A19 bulb add new, simple ways for consumers to play with 16 million colors. The Sengled Smart LED with Motion Sensor, also being showcased at CES, combines two devices – floodlight and motion sensor – to help alert users of what is going on around their homes.

Sengled Smart LED Multicolor Lightstrip offers 16 million color options to choose from, allowing users to create the desired ambiance for any activity in any room. Customers can use the Sengled Home app to set up schedules to turn lights on and off automatically.

Similar to the Lightstrip, Sengled Smart Wi-Fi LED Multicolor A19 Bulb allows users to play more with lighting with the ability to choose from 16 million colors and thousands of whites. With no hub required, they can simply connect the bulb to their existing Wi-Fi network.

In addition to the new multicolor Smart LED products, Sengled will also be showcasing another CES 2019 Innovation Award Honoree in the Smart Home category product at CES – the Sengled Smart LED with Motion Sensor. This outdoor security light integrates the smart control of the Sengled Smart LED (Sengled Element) lighting platform with PIR motion sensor technology, combining the functionality of two devices into one. At 1200 lumens, this bright PAR38 floodlight LED offers bright lighting for outdoor lighting applications around the home.

Finally, Sengled will be adding both a Sengled Smart Switch and Sengled Smart Sensor to its growing portfolio. The Sengled Smart Switch is a wireless switch that allows users to easily turn the lights on and off or adjust the brightness with the familiarity of a simple remote control. And, the Sengled Smart Sensor can be placed on doors or windows, automatically controlling lights when motion is detected.

Users of all these new and existing Sengled smart lighting products can use the Sengled Home app to control the lights at home or when away, set routines to turn lights on/off automatically and monitor electricity use for each light. In addition, and as with all Sengled smart light bulbs, users can connect to the lights to Alexa and Google Assistant devices to control via voice. The addition of the Sengled Smart Switch and Sengled Smart Sensor add more ways to control Sengled lights. Sengled Smart LED lights can also be linked to other smart home hubs like SmartThings and Wink.

“Our new product announcements demonstrate how Sengled is continuing to push the limits of what is possible with smart lighting,” said Johnson Shen, Sengled CEO. “But we’re not just pushing limits because we can, rather, we’re aiming to release new products that allow people to do more with smart lighting. From truly illuminating a room with the brightest of lights, to allowing people to play with 16 million different colors to set the right ambiance, with Sengled lights everyone can now create the right lighting for them and their home. And we’re making sure that it truly is for everyone, with simple, easy set up and connection to favorite devices like Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.”

Sengled will be showcasing their lighting range including these industry-first products at CES Unveiled on Sunday, January 6, 2019. You can also visit Sengled on the CES show floor (Sands Expo, Level 2, Booth #42537).

Availability and pricing:

  • The Sengled Smart LED with Motion Sensor is now on sale at leading retailers including Amazon and Best Buy for $29.99
  • The Sengled Smart Wi-Fi LED Multicolor A19 bulb is expected to be released in early Q2 and pricing will be available on release.
  • The Sengled Smart LED extra-bright 100W replacement bulb, Sengled Smart LED Multicolor Lightstrip, Sengled Smart Switch and Sengled Smart Sensor are all expected to be released in the first half of 2019. Pricing will be available on release.

About Sengled:

Sengled is a multinational organization with an unwavering commitment to continuously push the limits of what is possible with a light bulb. Driven to transform lighting from a basic need to a personal experience, Sengled’s premier range of products empowers people to build and control connected, playful and secure spaces. With innovative, economical lighting solutions, Sengled strives to continuously redefine modern lighting and show that you can do more with light.


Sylvania Smart

Sylvania’s smart home products are a bit unusual — instead of connecting over Wi-Fi or another wide-range wireless protocol, the company’s products use a mesh Bluetooth network. At CES, Sylvania announced its smart bulbs can now work with Google Assistant, assuming an Android device with Sylvania’s app is within range of the mesh network.

WILMINGTON, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–LEDVANCE, the maker of SYLVANIA general lighting in the United States, is expanding its portfolio of easy-to-use SYLVANIA SMART+ Bluetooth lighting to benefit Android users in the US. Launched early 2017, the HomeKit™-enabled SYLVANIA SMART+ Full Color A19 LED light bulb was the first to be easily controlled via Siri® and the Apple® Home app without a separate hub. Now, with an Android device in the home in range, new SYLVANIA SMART+ Bluetooth LED lighting products work with the Google Assistant™ or Amazon Alexa via the new SYLVANIA Smart Home app on Google Play, providing hands-free lighting control for Android users without requiring any additional hardware.

SYLVANIA SMART+ lighting expands to offer simple setup, control and convenience for Android users

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Android users can also benefit from Bluetooth mesh technology. If they have multiple SYLVANIA Bluetooth mesh devices, they can control the SYLVANIA lights in another room, on the next floor, or even outside their home thanks to the ability of mesh devices to relay commands and information between each other, effectively extending the control range of their phones. With Bluetooth mesh devices, users can also take advantage of increased reliability and scalability with a limited delay in response when controlling individual or groups of lights together.

“No matter which system or phone you have, with SYLVANIA SMART+ Bluetooth LED lighting products you can count on simple setup, control and convenience,” said Alberto Pierotti, Head of SMART and Head of R&D for US and Canada, LEDVANCE. “These are the first products to work with all three voice assistants from Apple, Amazon and Google using Bluetooth or Bluetooth mesh.”

The new SYLVANIA Smart Home app available on Google Play gives Android users easy control of popular features such as turning lights on and off, grouping their lights, adjusting the brightness level, and changing colors with Full Color products.

While other smart lighting products require a gateway or rely on a Wi-Fi router as a hub controlled by Siri, Alexa or the Google Assistant, SYLVANIA SMART+ Bluetooth LED lighting products eliminate the need for additional hardware and provide simplified control – nothing more, nothing less. These are perfect for high school or college students who want to personalize their bedrooms, dorms rooms or apartments, or anyone who wants to enjoy the convenience of smart lighting.

“People have always told us that they like the benefits of smart lighting but want it to be easier to setup and use. We accomplished this when we launched our HomeKit-enabled SYLVANIA SMART+ Bluetooth lighting products,” said Pierotti. “Now, we are offering that same ease-of-use and convenience to Android users with smart lighting that requires nothing more than a mobile device and a free app. These are the world’s first and only Bluetooth mesh connected lighting products that provide the long range, low power and high reliability that smart home customers want.”

Apple users can control their lights from the Apple Home app on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch® or Apple Watch®, by using Siri on any device including HomePod™, or directly from Control Center. Outside the home, a HomeKit home hub (HomePod, 4th generation Apple TV® or an iPad with the latest version of iOS) can remotely control these units and set up automations.

Six SYLVANIA SMART+ Bluetooth products are available for integration with the SYLVANIA Smart Home App. They are the SYLVANIA SMART+ Bluetooth A19 Soft White, A19 Full Color, A19 Filament, BR30 Soft White, BR30 Full Color, and Indoor Full Color Flex Strip. Products are available on Amazon, select Home Depot locations and, Menards and, and other retailers. The SYLVANIA SMART+ Bluetooth In Wall Switch and Plug, in addition to an iOS version of the app, will come at a later date.

With offices in more than 50 countries and business activities in more than 140 countries, LEDVANCE is one of the world’s leading general lighting providers for professional users and end consumers. In North America, LEDVANCE LLC offers a wide range of SYLVANIA LED luminaires for various applications, intelligent lighting products for Smart Homes and Buildings, one of the largest LED lamps portfolios in the industry, and traditional light sources. In fiscal year 2017, LEDVANCE achieved a turnover of around 1.9 billion Euro. The SYLVANIA brand leadership is a result of over 100 years of lighting experience and paves the way for future success. Further information can be found at


Connected Home Smart Mirror

Capstone Industries announced the first product in its ‘Connected Home’ lineup at CES — a mirror with Google Assistant. The company says the 19×22 mirror will be able to check the weather, play YouTube videos, run applications, and more. No specifications or pricing is available.

Third Reality


If you rent your house or apartment, you might not be able to replace the light fixtures or change electrical wiring. Third Reality aims to fix this with smart light switches that sit on top of your existing wall switches — no electrical wiring required. They work with Google Assistant and Alexa, and they’re already available from Amazon.

nVent Electric

NUHEAT Signature

If you happen to own the NUHEAT Signature, a smart floor thermostat from nVent, I have some good news for you — it now supports Google Assistant, Alexa, and IFTTT. Now you can make your floor warm with voice commands.

LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–nVent Electric plc (NYSE:NVT) (“nVent”), a global leader in electrical connection and protection solutions, is pleased to announce new smart home integrations for nVent NUHEAT Signature, the company’s premium, WiFi-enabled, floor heating thermostat. These new integrations for the Google Assistant®, Amazon Alexa®, and IFTTT® are launching alongside an application program interface (API) for developers and system integrators, enabling them to connect the Signature thermostat to any custom home automation system. This new functionality, combined with the existing integrations for Nest® and Control4®, gives consumers and developers a unique opportunity to create a personalized, integrated floor heating system for the connected home. nVent NUHEAT will debut these new smart home integrations at the Consumer Electronics show in Las Vegas, January 8-11.

“Signature is now the most connected floor heating thermostat available. We are excited for the millions of homeowners who will now be able to integrate their nVent NUHEAT Floor Heating System with a home assistant, smart home device, or home automation system”

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Signature is the first WiFi-enabled line voltage thermostat that allows consumers to control their floor heat using all of these platforms: the Google Assistant®, Amazon Alexa®, IFTTT®, Nest®, and Control4®. In addition to the expanded compatibility, Signature still offers all the key WiFi-enabled benefits customers have come to expect: energy use monitoring, live weather forecasts, and remote control via the Signature app for iOS® and Android® or via All nVent NUHEAT thermostats are covered by a three-year warranty.

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All existing Signature thermostats are compatible with the new integrations and owners can learn how to activate these functions by visiting This reverse compatibility ensures both new and existing customers can make any house a personalized, connected home.

“Signature is now the most connected floor heating thermostat available. We are excited for the millions of homeowners who will now be able to integrate their nVent NUHEAT Floor Heating System with a home assistant, smart home device, or home automation system,” says nVent NUHEAT Product Manager Wally Lo.

Invaluable Resources for Integrators and Developers
In conjunction with the launch of the consumer product integrations, nVent NUHEAT has launched the Signature API website at This suite of hardware integration tools provides developers and integrators with everything they need to create custom connections for home automation systems.

The Consumer Electronics Show takes place in several venues throughout Las Vegas from January 8-11, 2019. The nVent NUHEAT team will be showcasing the new integrations at booth #41870 in the Wireless Devices & Services section on level 2 of the Sands Expo.

About nVent
nVent is a leading global provider of electrical connection and protection solutions. We believe our inventive electrical solutions enable safer systems and ensure a more secure world. We design, manufacture, market, install and service high performance products and solutions that connect and protect some of the world’s most sensitive equipment, buildings and critical processes. We offer a comprehensive range of enclosures, electrical connections and fastening and thermal management solutions across industry-leading brands that are recognized globally for quality, reliability and innovation. Our principal office is in London, United Kingdom and our management office in the United States is in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Our robust portfolio of leading electrical product brands dates back more than 100 years and includes nVent CADDY, ERICO, HOFFMAN, RAYCHEM, SCHROFF and TRACER.

nVent, CADDY, ERICO, HOFFMAN, RAYCHEM, SCHROFF and TRACER are trademarks owned or licensed by nVent Services GmbH or its affiliates.

Phillips Hue

Phillips Hue was one of the first smart home products to integrate with Google Assistant, and now the service is adding a few extra features. Hue bulbs will soon be able to do 30-minute wind-down and wake-up routines in conjunction with the Google Assistant. For example, you could say “sleep the lights” to gradually warm and fade. Users will also be able to choose what setting lights power on with — full brightness, the last used setting, or a custom option.

Instant Brands

Wi-Fi Instant Pot

What’s better than a Wi-Fi-enabled pressure cooker with 13 smart programs? A Wi-Fi-enabled pressure cooker with 13 smart programs and Google Assistant support. That’s right, the ‘smart’ version of the Instant Pot will soon offer Google Assistant integration, so you can start your roasts with a simple voice command. See our full post here.


EV Single Phase Inverter

SolarEdge announced at CES that its home charging station for electric cars, the EV Single Phase Inverter, is now integrated with Google Assistant. The charger claims to top up electric cars “up to six times faster than standard Level 1 chargers.” Owners of the system can now start/stop EV charging using Google Assistant, and additional functionality is planned for the future, like checking the car’s battery capacity and scheduling a charge.

Fremont, CA and Las Vegas, NV – SolarEdge Technologies, Inc. (“SolarEdge”) (NASDAQ: SEDG), a global leader in smart energy technology, announced today that electric vehicle (EV) consumers can now control SolarEdge’s EV-charging solar inverter using the Google Assistant. SolarEdge is one of the first companies to integrate EV charging with the Google Assistant. This news coincides with Google announcing all of the new Google Assistant features and with the SolarEdge EV charging solar inverter on display in the Google Assistant booth located outside of the Las Vegas Convention Center at the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) this week.

SolarEdge offers the world’s first EV charging solar inverter, which offers up to six times faster charging than standard Level 1 chargers through its innovative solar boost mode. The smart speaker integration with the Google Assistant makes EV charging simpler for consumers and answers demand for smart energy solutions.

“Smart homes have mainly been about convenience and interconnectivity, but the next step of the smart home is integrating smart energy management, such as EV charging,” stated Lior Handelsman, SolarEdge’s Founder and VP of Marketing and Product Strategy. “By merging the simplicity of smart homes with the value of smart energy through this collaboration with Google, SolarEdge is leading the way in making the power of smart solar energy more accessible to more people”

Consumers can now tell the Google Assistant to start and stop EV charging. SolarEdge plans to add functionality to the Google Assistant commands, including inquiring about charging status, checking average miles charged in the charging session, and pre-schedule charging.

About SolarEdge

SolarEdge is a global leader in smart energy technology. By leveraging world-class engineering capabilities and with a relentless focus on innovation, SolarEdge creates smart energy solutions that power our lives and drive future progress. SolarEdge developed an intelligent inverter solution that changed the way power is harvested and managed in photovoltaic (PV) systems. The SolarEdge DC optimized inverter seeks to maximize power generation while lowering the cost of energy produced by the PV system. Continuing to advance smart energy, SolarEdge addresses a broad range of energy market segments through its PV, storage, EV charging, batteries, UPS, and grid services solutions. SolarEdge is online at


Sonos One & Beam

Sonos has promised Google Assistant would come to its speakers since 2017, and it’s… still on the way. No release date has been set, but Assistant will arrive on the One and Beam speakers first. See our full post for more details.


Smart Clock

While it isn’t quite a smart display (there are some software differences), the Lenovo Smart Clock does have Google Assistant and a handful of custom clock faces. It’s covered in a white fabric, and even has a USB port on the back for charging your phone. It will go on sale this spring for $79.99 — see our full post for more info.


Roav Bolt

Anker also announecd a Google Assistant device for the car, the Roav Bolt. Like the JBL Link Drive, it can respond to questions, stream music, and provide navigation directions. However, Anker’s model is cheaper than JBL’s, at just $49.99. It also has two fast-charging USB ports, while the JBL Link Drive only has one slow-charging port.

It’s slated to arrive sometime this spring, and you can read more about it in our post.


Command and Control system

ADT announced a brand new home security system at CES, the ‘Command and Control’. It consists of a 7-inch touchscreen hub, a phone app, and integration with Google Assistant and Alexa. See our full post for more details.


LaMetric Sky

This wall-mounted LED smart light has 32 triangular sections, each of which can be set to different colors. It can also display social media counts, sales figures, the weather, and other bits of information. The unit can also be controlled with Google Assistant and Alexa — see our post for more info.


Caseta by Lutron

There are plenty of smart light switches, but what about smart fan switches? Lutron made one called ‘The Caseta by Lutron Fan Speed Control,’ which isn’t at all a pretentious name for a fan switch. It supports four fan speeds and has integration with Google Assistant.

First Alert

Onelink Bell

First Alert has been making smart smoke detectors and other similar gadgets for a while, but it announced a new video doorbell at CES. It has a resolution of 1080p, a 180-degree lens, night vision, two-way audio, and integration with Google Assistant and Alexa.

Vuzix Corporation

Vuzix Blade AR Glasses

Google Glass never made its way into the consumer market, but this might be the next-best thing. It can overlay GPS directions, menus, weather information, and more. Vuzix plans to add support for Google Assistant soon.

ROCHESTER, N.Y., Jan. 2, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Vuzix® Corporation (NASDAQ: VUZI), (“Vuzix” or, the “Company”), a leading supplier of Smart Glasses and Augmented Reality (AR) technology and products, is pleased to announce that the Company’s Vuzix Blade® AR Smart Glasses Commercial Edge has received a CES 2019 Innovation Award in recognition of its outstanding design and engineering.

Vuzix Blade provides a natural view of the real world while concurrently allowing AR content to be simply viewed and interactively managed, all without having to hold a phone in your hand.  The Vuzix Blade Smart Glasses with their transparent optics were designed to overlay visual information such as GPS mapping directions, restaurant menus, weather information, event happenings, stock information, video conferencing, sports updates, health metrics, patient data, streaming video and more.  Vuzix Blade utilizes the company’s proprietary see-through waveguide technology that allows users to experience location aware content while keeping their phones in their pocket.  This exemplifies a natural evolution of where AR Smart Glasses are headed and it is available today in a comfortable form factor.

The Vuzix Blade not only delivers new hands-free location aware solutions, but also content and productivity tools for both consumers and business-oriented applications.  The combination of the Blade Commercial Edge Software Suite and the Vuzix Blade Companion App, which is available for download from  from the App Store or Google Play, opens up the communication links directly between the Vuzix Blade and connected Android or iOS devices.

Demonstrations of “A Day in the Life with Blade,” including the integration of AccuWeather forecasts will occur at the Vuzix booth (Tech East LVCC, Central Hall – Vuzix Corp. Booth #15036) at CES from January 8-11.   The Vuzix CES booth will also feature a demo area for visitors to experience AR enhanced golf training by Oncore Golf, Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant on the Vuzix Blade, as well as several other to be announced cutting edge interactive demonstrations.  Interested members of the media can reference the Company’s ‘Day in the Life with Vuzix Blade AR Smart Glasses‘ marketing awareness video that provides an overview of expected device features associated with everyday real-life situations as well as a representative sample of Vuzix Blade partners.

About Vuzix Corporation

Vuzix is a leading supplier of Smart-Glasses and Augmented Reality (AR) technologies and products for the consumer and enterprise markets. The Company’s products include personal display and wearable computing devices that offer users a portable high-quality viewing experience, provide solutions for mobility, wearable displays and augmented reality. Vuzix holds 133 patents and patents pending and numerous IP licenses in the Video Eyewear field. The Company has won Consumer Electronics Show (or CES) awards for innovation for the years 2005 to 2019 and several wireless technology innovation awards among others. Founded in 1997, Vuzix is a public company (NASDAQ: VUZI) with offices in Rochester, NY, Oxford, UK, Barcelona, Spain and Tokyo, Japan.

Forward-Looking Statements Disclaimer

Certain statements contained in this news release are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and applicable Canadian securities laws. Forward looking statements contained in this release relate to Vuzix Blade Smart Glasses, its features and applications, as well as among other things including the Company’s leadership in the Smart Glasses and AR display industry. They are generally identified by words such as “believes,” “may,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “should” and similar expressions. Readers should not place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements, which are based upon the Company’s beliefs and assumptions as of the date of this release. The Company’s actual results could differ materially due to risk factors and other items described in more detail in the “Risk Factors” section of the Company’s Annual Reports and MD&A filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission and applicable Canadian securities regulators (copies of which may be obtained at or Subsequent events and developments may cause these forward-looking statements to change. The Company specifically disclaims any obligation or intention to update or revise these forward-looking statements as a result of changed events or circumstances that occur after the date of this release, except as required by applicable law.


Dish Hopper DVR

Last year, Dish added Google Assistant compatibility to its lineup of Hopper DVRs. You could ask Assistant to turn off/on the box, change the channel, rewind a show, and so on. At CES, the company announced that Google Assistant will be baked directly into its DVRs. The Hopper, Joey, and Walley boxes will all get Assistant — as long as they also have a voice remote.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo., Jan. 8, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — DISH today announced that it’s building the Google Assistant into its Hopper family of receivers. In the coming months, customers will be able to use the DISH voice remote to ask the Assistant to control smart home devices, provide weather and news updates, display photos and more. This new integration builds on the DISH voice remote’s existing ability to control the TV experience, including navigation, search and content selection.

Hopper with the Google Assistant built-in will join DISH’s voice control technology suite, which includes its July 2018 integration with the Google Assistant that requires users to pair Hopper with a Google Assistant device, like speakers, phones and more, to control their TV.

“Our customers love the convenience of voice control, so we’re expanding functionality to make it even more powerful,” said Niraj Desai, DISH vice president of product management. “As a DISH subscriber, you will soon get the Google Assistant and all its incredible features – like adjusting your thermostat, managing your calendar or simply asking for the latest news – for free, right on your TV.”

With the Google Assistant built-in on Hopper, customers will be able to use the DISH voice remote to ask the Assistant questions and see answers on the screen like the weather forecast or games scores. Users will also be able to control smart home devices, such as dimming the lights or adjusting the thermostat, and relive favorite memories by pulling up Google Photos on the TV screen – all with their voice.

Customers with a DISH voice remote and broadband-connected Hopper (all generations), Joey (all models) or Wally will have access to the Google Assistant. New DISH customers receive the voice remote with all Hopper family receivers at no extra cost; current customers without a voice remote can upgrade for $20.

About DISH
Since 1980, DISH has served as the disruptive force in pay-TV, driving innovation and value on behalf of consumers. By listening to customers and taking bold steps to make TV better, DISH’s award-winning entertainment technology and in-home installation services remain unmatched by competitors. DISH continues to push the industry forward with its over-the-top television service, Sling TV. DISH Network L.L.C. is a wholly owned subsidiary of DISH Network Corporation (NASDAQ: DISH), a Fortune 250 company. Visit


Decora Wi-Fi Outlets

TP-Link wasn’t the only company that brought in-wall smart outlets to CES. Leviton revealed its own ‘Decora’ Wi-Fi outlet, compatible with both Google Assistant and Alexa. If you don’t want another device connected to your home internet, Leviton is also making a Z-Wave model. Both versions are expected to go on sale in mid-2019.

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 8, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Leviton, a leading provider of wireless smart home technology and electrical wiring devices, announced today development of two new devices for homeowners to control their lamps, small appliances and other electronics – the Decora Smart Wi-Fi In-Wall Receptacle and the Decora Smart Z-Wave Plus In-Wall Receptacle. The Z-Wave Plus model integrates with compatible Z-Wave automation hubs, gateways and bridges, and the Decora Smart Wi-Fi receptacle will be the newest addition to the Decora Smart Wi-Fi family of lighting controls.

The smart outlets feature a top outlet that can be controlled and a bottom outlet that is always on for 24/7 power applications – important for clocks, phone chargers and other electrical devices which must remain on. Both Decora Smart Receptacles also include a manual button for local on/off control.

The Leviton Decora Smart Receptacles are perfect for new home builds or can easily replace an existing outlet in any home – simply exchange any standard outlet for the new Leviton Decora Smart Receptacle. The attractive visual aesthetic fits within the familiar Leviton Decora style, especially when used with screwless wallplates. Each receptacle also includes tamper resistant shutters to meet installation code and provide additional protection from electrical shock.

Multiple Decora Smart Receptacles can be installed within the same residence as part of a whole home lighting control system and can provide a variety of control possibilities. For instance, a homeowner can use an app to turn on a fan plugged into the smart outlet in an office while a smart receptacle in a bedroom could provide on/off schedules for a bedside lamp. For new construction, electricians can install a Decora Smart Receptacle in a kitchen to simplify control of a coffee pot or tea kettle, so homeowners have peace of mind that they can turn these appliances off even after they’ve left the house.

“Leviton has long-offered automated in-wall receptacles, so we’re eager to announce a fresh aesthetic featuring Z-Wave Plus for our customers using a Z-Wave hub,” said Tom Morgan, director of product management for Leviton Energy Management, Controls & Automation.

“On the heels of the successful DW15P Mini Plug-In Launch, Leviton is excited to announce the Decora Smart Wi-Fi In-Wall Receptacle for customers looking to build an integrated smart lighting system,” said Aaron Ard, senior director of engineering for Leviton Energy Management, Controls & Automation. “While smart plugs are attractive for their ease of use, in-wall devices offer a built-in smart home solution for homeowners that homebuilders can recommend and their electricians can install.”

Homeowners can create schedules and scenes with the Decora Smart Wi-Fi Receptacle and other Leviton Wi-Fi lighting controls when they are enrolled through the award-winning My Leviton app – no hub required. Simply install the Wi-Fi outlet and connect with the My Leviton app to begin automating devices or to connect with Works with My Leviton partners such as Nest, If This Then That (IFTTT), Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.

The Decora Smart Wi-Fi Receptacle and the Decora Smart Z-Wave Plus Receptacle are both expected to be available mid-2019.

For more information on Leviton Decora Smart Wi-Fi and Decora Smart Z-Wave Plus, visit

Electrical Contractors may purchase Decora Smart products, including the upcoming smart receptacles, from their Preferred Distributor and Authorized Leviton Retailers.

About Leviton
Every day, Leviton is engineering possibilities that make the future happen, meeting the needs of today’s residential, commercial, and industrial customers globally. From electrical, to lighting, to data networks, and energy management, Leviton develops thoughtful solutions that help make its customers’ lives easier, safer, more efficient and more productive. Driven by its commitment to its customers, the ingenuity of its employees and the safety and quality of its products and solutions, with Leviton, the FUTURE IS ON. For more information, visit,,, or

Decora Voice Dimmer with Alexa

This isn’t your ordinary smart light switch — it’s a light switch with a tiny built-in Alexa speaker. You can also turn the connected lights on or off from an external Google Assistant or Alexa device. This is also expected to become available in mid-2019.

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 8, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Leviton, a leading provider of wireless smart home technology and electrical wiring devices, announced today development of the new Decora Voice Dimmer with Alexa built-in. This all new Wi-Fi lighting control device combines full-range dimming and 3-way capability with embedded voice control via Alexa, which works with the My Leviton app and Decora Smart Wi-Fi devices to create a whole-home lighting control system. The Decora Voice Dimmer with scheduling and control from anywhere via the My Leviton app is an ideal light switch replacement to smarten up entry ways, living rooms, laundry rooms, playrooms, bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchens – anywhere you want to use your voice to control the lights, without any extra hardware or hassle.

The Alexa integration is the most exciting feature of the upcoming Leviton Decora Voice Dimmer, which incorporates the intelligence and capabilities of the voice service into any space via the in-wall dimmer. Homeowners can now just use their voice to dim and brighten lights, listen to the news, get the weather, control smart home devices, and more – all through the Decora Voice Dimmer. Decora Voice doesn’t take up counter or desk space, and can replace any standard light switch with a neutral wire in new or existing homes.

“Whether you’re in the middle of cooking dinner and you need to shine more light on the stove top, or you’re relaxing on the couch and don’t want to miss the next scene, having hands-free voice control of your lighting is easier than ever with Decora Voice,” said Tom Leonard, vice president of marketing and product management for Leviton Energy Management, Controls, & Automation. “With this new voice-powered lighting control solution, Leviton is working to declutter the home by adding more intelligence to your common light switch – from maintaining schedules during temporary internet outages to integrating voice control.”

“We’re thrilled to work with Leviton and provide customers with another way to experience the power of voice at home,” said Pete Thompson, vice president of the Alexa Voice Service. “With Alexa built-in, you not only have hands-free control of lighting but can manage smart home devices, ask questions, access tens of thousands of skills, and more.”

The Decora Voice Dimmer can be paired with the My Leviton app and Decora Smart Wi-Fi devices to create a whole home lighting control system that enhances the smart home experience, with features that include: voice control, app control from anywhere, schedules, lighting scenes, and expanded capabilities with other compatible products via the new Works with My Leviton platform.

  • Install a Decora Voice Dimmer anywhere in the home and say, “Alexa, Turn On All Lights”, to have all the Decora Smart Wi-Fi light switches, dimmers, and smart plugs throughout the home react appropriately.
  • Create a schedule for the Decora Voice Dimmer along with other Decora Smart Wi-Fi devices to dim, brighten, turn on, or turn off throughout the day by easily setting a sunrise, sunset, or time-specific schedule for each device.
  • Add the Decora Voice Dimmer to any lighting scene, such as “Movie Time,” so the Decora Voice and Decora Smart Wi-Fi devices work together to illuminate the room for the best viewing experience.
  • Use the My Leviton app from anywhere to dim or brighten lights connected to Decora Voice.
  • Take the experience even further by leveraging Works with My Leviton partnerships including Google Assistant, Nest, Samsung SmartThings, IFTTT and more to build out a complete voice-controlled smart home.

At its core, the hub-less Leviton Decora Voice Dimmer offers best-in-class lighting control performance using Leviton’s “Off Means Off” technology for low-wattage LED bulbs along with custom settings for fade rates, bulb types, and more. Also, just like Leviton Decora Smart Wi-Fi devices, the Decora Voice Dimmer includes 3-way compatibility, providing dimming control of the same fixture from multiple locations, such as a stairway or a kitchen with multiple dimmers that control the same set of light bulbs.

Leviton has partnered with the best in the industry to build Decora Voice, including NXP with its high-performance processor and Harman to develop and optimize device acoustics. Decora Voice was designed and engineered by Leviton’s Innovation Center in the USA.

The Decora Voice Dimmer is expected to be available mid-2019.

For more information on Leviton’s Decora Smart Wi-Fi and Decora Voice product offering, visit

About Leviton
Every day, Leviton is engineering possibilities that make the future happen, meeting the needs of today’s residential, commercial, and industrial customers globally. From electrical, to lighting, to data networks, and energy management, Leviton develops thoughtful solutions that help make its customers’ lives easier, safer, more efficient and more productive. Driven by its commitment to its customers, the ingenuity of its employees and the safety and quality of its products and solutions, with Leviton, the FUTURE IS ON. For more information, visit,,, or

Decora Wi-Fi 4-Button Controller

Leviton’s final CES announcement was this 4-button controller, which can be configured to different actions in the ‘My Leviton’ mobile app. You can turn all the lights in your house on or off with a press, or switch to a pre-defined scene. This is expected to be released in mid-2019.

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 8, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Leviton, a leading provider of wireless smart home technology and electrical wiring devices, announced today development of a new Decora Smart 4-Button Wi-Fi Controller. The sophisticated in-wall solution provides more options for controlling multiple Decora Smart Wi-Fi devices, including room scenes and whole house lighting activities. An addition to the Decora Smart Wi-Fi product family, the 4-Button Controller can be paired with the My Leviton app and Decora Smart Wi-Fi devices to create a whole home lighting control system.

As part of the My Leviton platform, the 4-Button Controller uses the award-winning My Leviton app, allowing electrical contractors or homeowners to easily orchestrate a home’s lighting scenes for “All Off”, “Movie Time” or activities such as “Go to Bed”. The custom lighting scenes can include any existing Decora Smart Wi-Fi product, including the recently announced Decora Voice Dimmer with Amazon Alexa Built-In. Scenes can be activated easily via the new 4-Button In-Wall Controller, the My Leviton app or with your voice using Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant. Multiple 4-Button Controllers can be utilized within the same home, most often placed in the foyer, master bedroom, garage, living room and other commonly used spaces to provide single-button convenience.

Many users will enjoy the simplicity of pressing an “All Off” button which could turn off every connected light in the house.  Others will opt to customize their buttons for different lighting needs such as: “Food Prep”, “Dinner”, “Clean-Up” or “Party Time”, with each button offering a different lighting scene to set the mood for each occasion.

“Custom scene interfaces have been an attractive option for many years in high-end homes, so Leviton is thrilled to simplify the installation and set-up through Wi-Fi to bring this formerly cost-prohibitive feature to every home,” said Tom Morgan, director of product management for Leviton Energy Management, Controls, & Automation. “While voice control and apps are wonderful additions to the home, the 4 button keypad bridges the gap, allowing the user to enjoy different lighting scenes with the simple push of a button.”

Using the My Leviton app, Decora Smart Wi-Fi product line provides time-based schedules, free remote control from anywhere and optional integrated voice control with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. Winning over two-dozen awards since its launch, the entire Decora Smart product family, including switches, dimmers and other plug-in modules, provides even further customization with home and away occupancy modes, auto-shutoff countdown timers, integration with Nest, If This, Then That (IFTTT) compatibility and multi-home support.

Upon downloading the My Leviton app for Android and iOS, users can add Leviton Decora Smart Wi-Fi or Decora Voice devices and create schedules and activities based on specific times or on-demand events that can run manually at their discretion. Advanced settings are also available for professionals and consumers alike to adjust fade rates, brightness levels, bulb types, LED functionality, countdown timers and more, to personalize every aspect of a homeowner’s environment for each fixture, room and residence.

The Decora Smart with Wi-Fi 4-Button Controller is expected to be available mid-2019.

For more information on Leviton Decora Smart Wi-Fi, visit

Electrical Contractors may purchase Decora Smart products, including the upcoming 4-Button Controller, from their Preferred Distributor.

About Leviton
Every day, Leviton is engineering possibilities that make the future happen, meeting the needs of today’s residential, commercial, and industrial customers globally. From electrical, to lighting, to data networks, and energy management, Leviton develops thoughtful solutions that help make its customers’ lives easier, safer, more efficient and more productive. Driven by its commitment to its customers, the ingenuity of its employees and the safety and quality of its products and solutions, with Leviton, the FUTURE IS ON. For more information, visit,,, or

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Honeywell Home T-Series Thermostats

No, these aren’t the official line of thermostats from YouTube channel T-Series — they’re just Honeywell’s latest smart home products. The T9 is designed for regular consumers, with features like people detection (it won’t heat unoccupied rooms), a 200-foot range, and Google Assistant/Alexa integration. The T10 is intended to be installed by contractors and other professionals, and includes humidity and ventilation controls.

The T9 Smart Thermostat will be available soon for $199.99. The T10 will only be offered to professional heating and cooling contractors. Additional smart room sensors will be sold in packs of two for $79.99.


Technics SL-G700 CD Player

A CD player? What year is this? Panasonic announced the premium SL-G700 “Network / Super Audio CD Player” at CES, which features a high-grade D/A converter, a discrete AMP module, digital noise isolation, and more.

In addition to playing CDs, it can also act as a receiver for Bluetooth, Apple AirPlay, and Google Chromecast. Panaonic mentions some level of integration with Google Assistant. Pricing and availability was not announced.


Sensor Mirror Hi-Fi Assist

If you want a smart mirror, and the above-mentioned Kholer Verdera mirror is slightly out of your price range, Simplehuman has a smaller (and cheaper) option. The ‘Sensor Miror Hi-Fi Assist’ is a small bathroom mirror with the company’s “proprietary tru-lux light system” and a custom 2.5-inch accoustic driver. In addition to functioning as a Bluetooth and AirPlay 2 speaker, it also has Google Assistant built-in.

The mirror will go on sale this spring for $400, and a version without Google Assistant will be $350.

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 7, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Sight meets sound as simplehuman today announces its latest product innovations, the Sensor Mirror Hi-Fi and Sensor Mirror Hi-Fi Assist, at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. The two new sensor mirrors combine the best lighting with quality audio, expanding its line of vanity mirrors and signifying the company’s continued disruption in the cosmetic accessories category.

“We successfully designed our first generation of mirrors by creating the best, most color-correct view,” said simplehuman CEO and Founder Frank Yang. “The new Sensor Mirror Hi-Fi and Sensor Mirror Hi-Fi Assist models dramatically raise the bar by combining our tru-lux light with superb audio to enhance your morning routine — from makeup application to listening to your favorite music, our next generation of mirrors were developed to revolutionize your morning routine.”

Both mirrors boast simplehuman’s proprietary tru-lux light system with 95 CRI (color rendering index), which closely simulates natural sunlight shedding enhanced visibility on the subtle variations in makeup color. Both models introduce “night shift,” a first-to-market setting that shifts to softer, more-relaxing light to promote better sleep, in addition to “candlelight” and “nightlight” modes offering greater variation.

As for audio, the mirrors’ finely-tuned optimum-acoustics speaker delivers crystal-clear high-fidelity sound. Its custom Danish-designed 2.5-inch acoustic driver produces smooth, well-balanced sound that fills up the entire room.  The connected audio capability streams sound over Bluetooth® or Wi-Fi for devices operating AirPlay® 2, which allows for uninterrupted texts and calls while listening as well as pairing with other speaker systems in the home.

Both models work in tandem with the simplehuman app, which unlocks additional features for setting alarms as well as increased control over sound, lighting and sensor activity. And the Sensor Mirror Hi-Fi Assist model works with the Google Assistant, enabling hands-free vocal commands of certain audio functions.

“The mirror automatically lights up when you approach so we integrated the Google Assistant as a second layer of access to easily get the weather, news and other useful intel with just voice commands,” Yang said.  “It’s extremely intuitive – now you can start the day stress-free while getting ready with tru-lux lighting.”

Sensor Mirror Hi-Fi and Sensor Mirror Hi-Fi Assist will be available in spring 2019 for a suggested retail price of $350 and $400 respectively at and brick-and-mortar retailers nationwide.

Since 2000, simplehuman has reinvented tools for efficient living to elevate everyday life through design and innovation. With more than 250 patented innovations, simplehuman has pioneered the smart home category with its international award-winning trash cans, sensor mirrors, and kitchen and bath accessories that push the boundaries of intuitive user experience and function. The simplehuman collection is available at a wide array of retailers and at


Phyn Plus

We’ve already mentioned a few smart water monitors, but Phyn also announcd one at CES. The ‘Phyn Plus’ is aimed at the European market, and can shut off your home’s main water supply if it detects a leak. The expected price is €799 including VAT + installation, through a network of partner installation companies.

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 7, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Phyn, the leading intelligent water company, today announced its industry-leading debut product, the Phyn Plus, Smart water assistant + shutoff, will soon be available across Europe starting with Finland, France, Spain and Sweden with the rest to follow. Phyn Plus is a single connected smart water monitoring device that detects leaks anywhere in a home and can automatically shut off the main water supply to prevent costly damage. Phyn Plus also monitors water use, giving homeowners insight into how much water their homes and water using fixtures are consuming so they can conserve and save. Phyn Plus is the first device of its kind to launch in Europe.

“Supported by nearly a decade of R&D, Phyn is dedicated to advancing its technology to deliver the most accurate and reliable intelligent water monitoring solution and leak detector available on the market today,” said Ryan Kim, CEO of Phyn. “Our team is excited to expand Phyn Plus’ availability across Europe and help consumers take the next step in making their homes and other properties truly intelligent. By protecting their homes from leaks, users can rest assured they are doing their part to solve the global challenges facing water scarcity.”

Phyn Plus will be available for purchase in Finland, France, Spain and Sweden coinciding with its debut at ISH in Frankfurt, Germany on March 11. ISH is the world’s leading trade fair focusing on the responsible management of water and energy for buildings. The device is expected to be sold for €799 incl. VAT + installation, through the professional network of Uponor partners. Consumers can sign up to be the first to get Phyn when it launches in their area on local country web pages.

“We are delighted to bring Phyn Plus into the European market with support of our experienced plumbers and water specialists’ network,” said Jyri Luomakoski, President and CEO, Uponor. “Phyn’s superior intelligent water technology enables Uponor to deliver exceptional smart home water monitoring across Europe and to proactively help homeowners advance their plumbing into the digital era.”

Additionally, Phyn Plus is expanding its smart home capabilities by integrating with Amazon Alexa. Homeowners can now ask Alexa to provide updates on their water consumption and even turn on and off their water (through Phyn Plus’ shutoff valve) using voice commands. Integration with Google Home will be available in Q2 2019.

To address commercial opportunities, Phyn is also announcing the Phyn Dashboard. This web-based portal gives property management companies, homeowner associations, insurance companies, utilities and builders the ability to understand water use, mitigate losses from leaks and address water conservation and sustainability mandates across their portfolios of properties. The Phyn Dashboard will be made available to select Phyn partners in Spring 2019.

Phyn is exhibiting at CES at the Belkin International booth in LVCC, South Hall, Booth #30512.

About Phyn
Phyn is the leading intelligent water company, bringing solutions to market that help people protect their homes, conserve water and save money. Built upon nearly a decade of research and patented technological innovation, Phyn is poised to change the way consumers interact with water and help solve the major challenges threatening the world’s supply of clean, healthy water. Phyn is backed by Belkin International, a global leader in consumer technology, Networking, Smart Home and Smart City, and Uponor, a leading provider of plumbing for residential and commercial spaces worldwide. Uponor Corporation is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki, Finland. Phyn is headquartered in Torrance, Calif. To learn more, visit


Kitchen appliance company Gourmia announecd several smart appliances at CES, all of which can be controlled with Google Assistant and Alexa. Some of the new products include the 7-Quart Digital Air Fryer (GAF678), the 11-in-1 Deluxe MultiCooker (GWCM695), and the 10-Cup Coffee Maker and Grinder (GCMW4750). You can also use the Mia mobile app to manage cook modes, temperatures, and recieve alerts.

BROOKLYN, N.Y., Jan. 3, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Gourmia™, a designer and manufacturer of innovative countertop kitchen appliances, announced that it will be presenting the latest additions to its Internet of Things (IoT) award-winning line of smart kitchen appliances at upcoming CES 2019, taking place in Las Vegas January 8-11, 2019. Each of the new smart kitchen appliances may be controlled with the company’s mobile kitchen app “Mia” and any iOS or Android device, and are compatible with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa.
Gourmia’s new GAF678 digital all-in-one air fryer also works as rotisserie and dehydrator. It can be controlled with the company’s mobile kitchen app and any iOS or Android device, and is compatible with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa.
Gourmia’s new GAF678 digital all-in-one air fryer also works as rotisserie and dehydrator. It can be controlled with the company’s mobile kitchen app and any iOS or Android device, and is compatible with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa.

“We want to be at the forefront of consumers’ experience in connected, smart cooking,” stated Gourmia founder Heshy Biegeleisen. “It is important to us that we offer appliances that make sense to consumers or solve a need for them. And we can do that with our special platform that allows us to make any of our products smart. Our Internet of Things products offer some of the most innovative, easy-to-use kitchen appliances, that make cooking enjoyable, hassle-free, and smart.”

Gourmia IoT products provide users with three options on how to prepare their food or beverage.

1) They can go smart and use the exclusive Gourmia mobile kitchen app Mia that allows users to do a myriad of cooking steps from virtually anywhere through their mobile iOS or Android devices. With Mia, users can remotely manage cook modes, cook times and temperatures, find recipe ideas, and even receive alerts. Mia is free and available at the iTunes Store and Google Play Store.

2) Or they can simply say, “Alexa, ask Mia” or “Hey Google, ask Mia” to perform a specific step in using their Gourmia appliance. And it’s done automatically and quickly.

3) Or if the user is old school or a hands-on type of individual, they can – gulp – do it themselves manually.

Gourmia will be showcasing the following IoT products at CES 2019.

7-Quart Digital Air Fryer (GAF678)A powerhouse, all-in-one air fryer, rotisserie, and dehydrator that helps families eat healthy, as it air fries, heats, roasts, and dehydrates food without the fat and calories that come when cooking with oil – 100% oil free! Yet, it still delivers that great crunchy goodness of crisp fried food. It features an extra-large door with EZ view window, 10 chef-at-a-touch modes, RadiVection 360° Technology that rapidly circulates hot air in all directions, express heat system that cooks food up to 30% faster than a standard oven, and an extensive accessory kit. The GAF678 air fryer is proudly used and endorsed by world-renowned chef, television personality, health and fitness expert, and mom Cat Cora.
11-in-1 Deluxe MultiCooker (GWCM695)A spacious 6.5-quart one-pot wonder that does it all! From slow cooked chili to roasted chicken, sous vide, homemade yogurt, and more, this 11-in-1 MultiCooker takes cooking to the next level. Features include a simple display with presets and adjustable controls, large heat-resistant glass lid, and a recipe book. Nonstick removable interior pot assures there is no messy cleanup. One appliance, endless possibilities.
10-Cup Coffee Maker and Grinder (GCMW4750)This Gourmia Coffee Maker is exclusively designed for coffee lovers so they can make their favorite coffee-shop beverages in the comfort of their own homes! It includes a built-in grinder; powerful grind or brew combo that automatically transform fresh beans or favorite pre-ground blend into rich, robust coffee; programmable timer; LED display; 30-minute keep warm capability; and auto shut-off. Sleek stainless-steel body is paired with a 10-cup, crystal-clear glass carafe.

ETL Listed
Gourmia takes the quality of its products very seriously. The company is ETL certified so retailers and users alike can be confident that that they are selling/buying safe, efficient, high-quality appliances.

About Gourmia
Headquartered in Brooklyn, NY, Gourmia is passionate about cooking and the tools for the healthy lifestyle. With decades of small appliance expertise, Gourmia’s founders know that cooks are looking for dependable, easy-to-use tools that will make their lives easier. From sous vide immersion cookers to multi-purpose cookers and juicers, the team at Gourmia has taken input from chefs and consumers to make their products the best in their category. All of the company’s products are designed to deliver a higher standard of innovation, performance, and value. For additional information, please visit


Ikea Fyrtur

Ikea, a company known far and wide for its furniture and meatballs, revealed a new lineup of smart window shades at CES. Its ‘Fyrtur’ shades will become available in April, and are powered by rechargable batteries. They can be controlled with Google Assistant or Alexa, and are priced at €119 to €159 (about $136 to $182). Exact U.S. pricing isn’t available yet.


Lockly Secure Pro

If Google’s Nest x Yale smart lock doesn’t appeal to you, Lockly revealed its new smart lock at CES. The Lockly Secure Pro will cost $300 for the deadbolt model (or $330 for the latch model), and has five different access methods — a key, the keypad, the fingerprint scanner, the mobile app, and voice commands with Google Assistant and Alexa.

The lock uses AA batteries, with an estimated battery life of one year. It’s expected to ship in early 2019.

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