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January 15, 2015updated 22 Sep 2016 11:43am

CES 2015: Internet of Things hits home

CBR looks at 10 IoT products showcased at CES 2015, all focusing on making the home Smart.

By Amy-Jo Crowley

CES 2015 saw a huge influx of IoT devices focusing on making the home Smart. CBR presents 10 IoT devices for the home which were showcased at this year’s Conusmer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.

SleepIQ Kids – Sleep Number


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Sleep Number, a Minneapolis-based startup, unveiled a smart bed for kids that can tell parents when their children are having trouble sleeping.

The SleepIQ bed, available online from $1,000, is equipped with full body sensors which track breathing rhythm, heart rate and movements. The data collected is fed back to an accompanying smartphone app.

The data is shown via the sleep dashboard within the app, which indicates how well the child has slept, with parents also able to receive real-time alerts via the app to see if their child is restless or has left the bed.

Active Wash – Samsung


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The latest smart washing machine from Samsung is equipped with VRT technology to reduce vibration, and SmartCare, which sends laundry updates to smartphone devices in real-time.

The South Korean giant claims the washing machine can do a full wash in 36 minutes and includes a water jet and specialised surfaces to aid in the washing.

Other smart washers announced at CES included LG’s Twin Wash, which can wash two separate loads at once, and Whirlpool’s, which can connect to a smart thermostat.

Symphonic Light – Sony


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The Symphonic Light, which is the latest addition to Sony’s Life Space UX smart home range, combines light and sound in a clear glass speaker.

The prototype speaker lamp can stream music from a smartphone and work with other lights, allowing multiple lights to fill a room with sound at once.

Although details about the specs and release date were unannounced, Sony said the light can "fill a room with crystal clear sound".

The Life Space UX range, which is Sony’s vision for the smart home, also includes a new LED bulb speaker and an app-controlled laser projector.

Parrot Pot – Parrot


Parrot, an electronics firm that makes drones, revealed a smart plant pot, dubbed Parrot Pot. The flower pot that can automatically water itself after sensing the water level in a plant.

The self-watering flower pot, controlled by a smartphone app, comes with a 2.2L reservoir, which Parrot claims can keep a plant watered for about a month.

The flower pot also provides data on temperature, fertilisers and how much moisture is in the soil via the app, letting users know how well their plant is doing.

The system’s app is free on both iOS and Android and includes advice and tips about how users can best take care of their plants.

The electronics firm also announced the Flower Power H20, a sensor and irrigation system, which users can put into their own flower pots to make them smarter.

LPX34886C Fridge – LG


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The LPX34886C smart fridge includes LG’s Smart Diagnosis technology, which is designed to allow LG’s call centre staff to identify any problems that arise with the fridge in real-time.

Homeowners can also join in on the diagnosis process by using the accompanying Android smartphone app to "record and analyse signals from the refrigerator".

The fridge boasts double doors, which have shelves built into the first set of doors, and 34 cubic feet of space.

LG, which also unveiled its G-Flex 2 flexible phone and smart washing machine at CES, claims it can stop up to 47% of cold air escaping each time you open the fridge.

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