This year we took a hybrid approach to covering CES. Our West Coast editor, Michael Brown, took a relatively short flight from Portland, Oregon to Las Vegas to walk the show floor. So I decided to have East Coast editor Ben Patterson virtually cover the show to avoid traveling long distances. In between his virtual briefings and in-person meetings, we each saw a slew of very exciting new home entertainment and smart his home products.
Here are the ones that impressed me the most, in alphabetical order:
Davis Instruments WeatherLink Console
Come on, call us weather forecasters. Davis Instruments has long produced the most accurate and highest quality weather stations on the market. One element of him that’s missing is an equally good console for viewing all the measurements and data those stations collect. The new Weatherlink console finally seems to be the missing link we’ve been looking for.
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Displace TV’s pitch has driven our BS detector into overdrive. The 55-inch OLED TV has no wires, not even a power cord because it runs on rechargeable batteries. It can be hung on the wall without mounting hardware and can be scaled. Up to 8K resolution is achieved by placing four panels side by side with the bezels touching. Well, as they say, a picture is worth a thousand words, and the Displace TV demo went a long way to allaying our doubts. I personally haven’t pre-ordered yet, but this visit left us with a slack.
Fluent Pet Connect
This fascinating system could be the next best thing for hiring Dr. Doolittle to talk to animals. The idea is to train pets to associate objects (“bone”, “toy”, “water”) with activities (“outside”, “play”) using buttons arranged on interlocking colored tiles. is to Each time your pet presses a button with its paw, it will hear you announcing the object or activity associated with that tile. Once trained, your pet will touch the appropriate button to let you know what it wants or needs. FluentPet Connect inventor says some customers have reported pets combine You can express more complex messages by pressing the button. For example, dogs have learned to press the “water” button and then the “bone” button to convey a desire to chew on an ice cube.
LG M3 Series OLED TV
Although not as ambitious as its Displace TV effort, LG is developing wireless. In many cases Wireless—your own OLED TV. The 97-inch LG M3 relies on an electrical cord to power, but connects all your entertainment sources such as Blu-ray players, game consoles, etc. in a cubic box that can be placed up to 30 feet away from your TV. This box uses a proprietary wireless protocol to send audio and video to your TV. The only cord that needs to be hidden in the TV itself is its power cord.
Moen Smart Sprinkler Controller
We’ve tested some very good smart sprinkler controllers, and Moen’s has some features that the competition doesn’t have. First, wireless soil sensors (you can place up to one per zone) monitor soil temperature and moisture content at several depths. If rain is forecast, the weather-aware controller may postpone an irrigation session, the Moen smart sprinkler controller will tell if the soil is dry enough to require additional water in addition to rainfall. to judge Second, Moen’s devices can communicate with the company’s Flo Smart Water Monitor and Shutoff Valve, so the latter won’t mistake an irrigation session for a leak and shut off your home’s water supply.
Nakamichi Dragon Soundbar
Legendary audio brand Nakamichi is going big with their latest soundbar. The 58-inch-wide Nakamichi Dragon packs a whopping 31 drivers delivering 21 channels of audio, and the room-filling he comes later this year in an 11.4.6 configuration. Dragon’s stimulating drivers can be tuned to match the physics of the room. The soundbar is also the first to offer his DTS:X Pro, an enhanced version of his object-based DTS:X immersive audio format. You can connect up to 32 speakers.
Nanoleaf Sense+ Control
Nanoleaf has long complained that existing smart bulbs and light switches aren’t all that smart. Powered by Nanoleaf Automations Learning Assistant (Nala), Nanoleaf’s Matter-compatible Sense+ Controls sensors can monitor users’ habits and create personalized automations that promise to take smart lighting to the next level. Will there be a Nanoleaf Sense+ Controls line? We’ll find out this fall.
ring car cam
Once you’ve deployed Ring security cameras throughout your home, the next logical step is to install them inside your vehicle. A double-sided ring car camera mounted on the vehicle’s dashboard and windshield and plugged into the car’s OBD port will record what is happening both inside the cabin and in front of the car when the car is in motion . Say “Alexa, record” and the camera will capture what’s happening even when the car is stationary.This can be very reassuring if you need to exchange information with another driver, such as when you’re pulling over or on a fender bender. or the camera will start and record that Select an activity, then send a video clip to your phone’s Ring app. At that point, you can start a live stream to see what’s going on.
Roborock S8 Pro Ultra
Roborock often impresses with the power and sophistication of its robotic vacuums, but the Roborock S8 Pro Ultra takes the cake. It comes with a base station to refill the water tank and clean the mop pad while docked and charging the battery. The vacuum cleaner can distinguish hard floors from rugs and carpets and automatically lift the mop pad to keep the latter dry. The vacuum cleaner can also avoid obstacles on the floor (shoes, electrical cords, children’s toys, etc.) and boasts an incredible 6,000Pa of suction power. Last but not least, it is equipped with twin silicone rollers to keep pet hair from tangling.
Samsung CX Series Micro LED TV
Samsung knocked our socks off in 2019 with its giant The Wall TV demonstration. The Micro-LED technology that TVs use allows individual pixels to be turned off like OLED, thus achieving perfect black levels. However, Micro LED technology can achieve brightness levels that OLED panels can only dream of. Until you start talking about prices it’s all hunky dolly and that’s when the nosebleeds start anyway who really needs a 219 inch TV at his CES this year Samsung has a micro LED TV announced the CX series. And while Samsung hasn’t announced a price, logic suggests that this much smaller TV will be much cheaper.