What CES 2020 Reveals About the Future of Smart Homes
From thermostats´with machine learning to new smart sensors, here are 3 future upgrades for your home
Another edition of the annual Consumer Electronics Show has come on and gone, and once again, there was a lot to see in terms of home automation technology. The biggest names in tech showcased everything from control systems and smart lights to TVs and thermostats. There’s so much to talk about, in fact, that it can be hard to figure out which of these amazing new devices will make the biggest impact on your daily life in Davie, FL. That’s why we put together this list of three things from CES that we think best show what the future of home automation will look like.
BEYOND AUTOMATION: A TRULY ‘SMART’ HOME
Most of us have an idea what “smart home” means, but the term itself can sometimes be inaccurate. Many smart systems can be automated to increase convenience, but they’re not really “learning” so they can improve their functionality. With more and more devices with increased machine learning capabilities, however, that may be changing. By taking advantage ofadvancements in technology like higher-resolution cameras, enhanced computer vision and language processing, the latest smart home products can gather more information than ever in a shorter time span. They can then take that information to find new ways to improve your lifestyle.
You can already see this sort of thing with Nest and Honeywell thermostats that can adjust themselves as they record your daily routine, but more devices are on the way. One area many manufacturers are focusing on: Home security cameras with facial recognition technology, enabling them to determine whatever it sees is friend or foe.
NEW AND BETTER TYPES OF SMART HOME SENSORS
Many of us with automation systems in our home have sensors installed to help those systems function properly. Light sensors and motion sensors, for instance, are used for things like lighting control and security systems. But new sensors are hitting the market that can monitor for other potential hazards in the home. One new device, for instance, can monitor for termites. There are also sensors you can place on appliances like your furnace and HVAC system to watch out for hazardous gases or damaged components. If something’s a miss, you’ll get a notification on your phone, giving you a chance to act and take the appropriate next step.
8K TVS ARE TAKING OFF
Not too long ago, 4K displays were the peak of visual performance. No longer! 8K TVs have become much more common, and consumers are flocking to them in droves.
It’s not hard to see why you’d want an 8K TV for your home theater. The resolution in most 4K displays is 3,840 x 2,160 pixels; the “4K” part comes from the nearly 4,000 vertical pixels. By contrast, an 8K display has a resolution of 7,680 x 4,320 pixels, twice that of a 4K model. Having twice as many pixels per side actually quadruples the pixel density on the screen.
Of course, image quality isn’t just about pixel count. 8K TVs have better image processors and use better lighting technologies than their 4K forebears. More than the increase in pixel count, it’s these advances that make the jump to 8K worthwhile.
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January 20, 2020