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CES 2020 Smart Home Highlights

Credit: Delta Dore

So much smart tech, and still no holograms of Katey Sagal.

Smart House? Disney Channel movie from 1999 with the AI-controlled house? No? Alright, then.

With the constant advancement of smart tech, especially in the household sector, it’d be pretty weird if CES didn’t have a veritable smorgasbord of household gadgets and gizmos to maybe, possibly make our lives a teeny bit easier. Whether or not you’re the kind of person who would make regular use of this stuff, you have to admit, it’s pretty fun to imagine a house packed to the gills with smart tech. Here’s a few smart home highlights from CES 2020.

Delta Dore Onsen

I was lucky enough to grow up in a small family, so running out of hot water wasn’t a common problem. For those with more bodies to bathe, though, it can be a chore to dole out enough hot water for everyone. That’s what Onsen is for; this handy device syncs up to your water heater to give you a precise readout of how much hot water is left in the tank and when more is coming. You can also use its companion app to remotely control hot water usage if you’re looking to save a few bucks on your heating bill.

Kwikset Halo Touch

If you don’t think regular keys for your front door is secure enough, you should try a print reader. Print readers are a thing already, but they’re pricey and require professional installation. Kwikset is releasing a print reader for a handier home-owner that can be easily installed on one’s own into any door. The Halo Touch can store up to 50 users’ worth of thumb prints, and every one is safely stored and encrypted within the lock’s own memory rather than a cloud server.

Panasonic Home Hawk Floor

The problem with most security cameras is that if a bad guy spots a security camera, they’re going to go out of their way to avoid its radius. What you need is a camera that looks nothing like a camera. The Home Hawk Floor is most certainly a security camera, but you’d be forgiven for thinking it was nothing but an ordinary table lamp. Hidden inside is a 1080p motion-activated camera with night vision. Even if someone cuts the power, it’s got an internal battery that’ll keep it vigilant for an hour on its own.