CES unveiled: best smart home technology

Cupertino, January 16, 2022

Homekit.Blog is supported by its audience and can earn commissions as an Amazon Associate and Affiliate on qualifying purchases. These affiliate partnerships do not affect our editorial content. CES Unveiled was a little sparse this year when Covid took hold, but we still found a few new smart home products that we found interesting on the show floor. Moen Moen has been a supporter of HomeKit in the past, including the smart shower. However, the new smart faucet does not support Apple's smart home standard. It's not all on Moen though, as HomeKit is quite limited in the controls it makes available to faucets. Even without HomeKit, the new Moen Smart Faucet looks impressive. This is because Moen has integrated the so-called MotionSense Wave technology. Many faucets are touchless, allowing the water to be turned on or off with a flick of the hand, but MotionSense Wave goes further. Moen Smart Faucet with MotionSense Wave With MotionSense Wave, when you wave your hand to the right, hot water comes out. Wave your hand down to turn on cold water. And if you move towards the crane, it will stop. It works so well Moen introduced a handleless version, creating a sleek, modern and simple look. Both the version with handle and the one without looked fantastic in our opinion. The faucet connects via Wi-Fi, and Moen says the battery should last up to a year, depending on usage. If you don't want to use the batteries, Moen told us there was an AC version and the D batteries could be used as a backup power source during a power outage. Targus Cypress Hero Backpack Once Apple opened up the Find My program to third parties, it was only a matter of time before we saw it appear in several products. Unveiled might just be the tip of the iceberg of what to expect from the rest of the show. Cypress Hero Backpack The new Targus Cypress Hero Backpack has Apple Find My technology built into it, hidden behind a small patch in the front pocket. In addition, we saw a few small holes that were part of the speaker. This will give you an audio signal when locating your backpack. Many wondered if it had ultra-wideband technology like AirTag, but while Apple allows third parties to use UWB, it seems that Find My Devices can't use the Accurate Tracking feature. Still, you can put it in Lost Mode to help you recover it, as any Apple user who comes within range will automatically send that location back to you. If they find your backpack, they can identify it with a scan. A web page loads and presents a message you write that may include your email address or phone number. Like others in the Cypress line, the backpack is made in part from recycled plastic bottles. It felt quite sturdy and comfortable in our time with it and the pocket on the back was easily big enough to hold both our Mac and our iPad Pro. Mila We had never heard of Mila before Unveiled, but now we're paying attention. The company attended the show to showcase its new humidifier, which was impressive. It had some minor touches that outperformed other humidifiers we've tried. Mila air purifier What perked up our ears more was that the equally impressive Mila air purifier is also getting a firmware update to enable HomeKit support. The company said there was no timetable yet, but they had it working and they were just waiting for the certification process to be completed. We reviewed the Mila app with a demo unit and it was by far one of the best designed app experiences for an air purifier. Once HomeKit is added, it will be on our wish list. Loftie Lamp Loftie Lamp falls into the category of sleep technology but also fits into the smart home space. This unique looking lamp has a semi-opaque shade on a large illuminated stem. The idea is to help you disconnect and fall asleep and wake up more naturally. The new Loftie lamp The lamp mimics a sunrise in the morning, so you wake up to light instead of a loud alarm. We were told that it can load several sunrise options, including options that mimic real locations. One example we got was Joshua Tree, where the sunrise starts very low in the sky with a vibrant red sun quickly making its way up. We're not convinced the different sunrises will make much of a difference in how you wake up, but it looked cool anyway. Eve Finally, although we haven't seen it in person, we are very excited about Eve's new Outdoor Camera. Eve Outdoor Camera This HomeKit Secure Video camera has an integrated floodlight on top of a 1080p camera to help protect your home. All video is stored securely in iCloud and you can activate the light with motion, automate with HomeKit or control it via Siri. We haven't seen any other floodlight camera work with HomeKit Secure Video yet, so this one is sure to find an audience. Homekit.Blog will personally cover the 2022 Consumer Electronics Show from January 3-6, where we expect to see Wi-Fi 6e devices, HomeKit, Apple accessories, 8K monitors and more. Stay tuned for our coverage by downloading the Homekit.Blog app and follow us on YouTube, Twitter @Homekit.Blog, and Facebook for live, late-breaking coverage. You can also check out our official Instagram account for exclusive photos during the event.

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