The smart home market is still up for grabs.
Unlike PCs or phones, which, for the most part, are dominated by a few well-known names, smart home gadgets can come from wherever and whatever brand.
But the fun thing about building a smart home is that after choosing an ecosystem (like Alexa, Google, or Apple’s HomeKit), you can mix and match a ton of products.
More helpful smart doorbells The French company Netatmo debuted a smart video doorbell with two very useful features to set it apart.
This doorbell actually goes over your peephole, which has been pretty rare among smart doorbells.
It also works with both Google Assistant and Alexa because “that’s what the customers want,” Mark Honeycutt, CEO of Jiawei Technology, which makes Maximus doorbells, told me.
Most colorful smart light Nanoleaf Hexagon LightsThese hexagon lights from Nanoleaf change colors (from up to 16.7 million colors) and have different modes that react to sound or touch.
The smart lock with the most featuresLockly’s Secure Pro smart lock has five different ways of unlocking: fingerprint scanner, voice assistant command, the app, a physical key, and a keypad.
Schlage Encode Wi-Fi Smart LockThe Schlage Encode is notable for being one of the few locks that works on Wi-Fi alone, so you’ll have the option of not relying on any smart home app to use it.
It supports Amazon Key, so if you use this lock for your front door, you’ll be able to let couriers in through the Key app.
MiscellaneousSome of the coolest things that came to smart homes this year simply didn’t fit into a category or were the only ones in their category.
Whirlpool made a smart oven concept that uses augmented reality to show you where to place your food while it’s baking.
Lenovo’s smart clock is the first to work with Google Assistant, so it obviously seems like a competitor to the Amazon Echo Spot.
Ridiculous as it may be, it’s a good reminder that smart home products can truly come from all places, with companies old and new, big and small, techy and not-so-techy jostling for a seat at the table.
That sense of healthy competition, especially from old home companies that have been around for a century trying on new ideas, means that the smart home space is constantly evolving.
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