5 New Smart Products to Futurize Your Home

January 21, 2015 | By

Drones, 3D printers, and fitness wearables took up most of the conversation at the recent Consumer Electronics Show® 2015 (CES) in Las Vegas, NV, signaling a new age of smart technology — one that just may also transform any family home into something straight out of “The Jetsons.”

Products like a mattress with pressure-sensor padding and a smart vent that regulates temperature inside a home can work together to control nearly every facet of the home experience with a simple smartphone app.

But with some of these products being sold at high cost points, and with smart tech for the home still being in its formative stages, does this mean every home today will be a “smart” one? Not just yet, says Charles King, a principal analyst at Pund-IT, Inc., a business technology service and consulting company.

“I do believe that’s likely to change over time, as we saw with compact fluorescent light bulbs, where increasing competition and decreasing prices allow new technologies to become more popular,” says King.

Ryan Fant, the co-founder and co-CEO of Keen Home, whose Smart Vent was one of the products showcased at the CES Show 2015, says that while he doesn’t think we have reached the point where smart technology will be in every home, “we are certainly on the path of smart home ubiquity.”

The makers of ReST mattress, a smart bed that was a 2015 CES Innovation Awards Honoree, estimate that about 2 percent of people in the country have smart technology in their homes, “although there is growing interest,” says Lloyd Sommers, the general manager of Responsive Surface Technology (ReST).

Here are a few of the latest home-related smart technology that was showcased at the recent CES convention, and which may soon find their way into your home.

ReST Mattress

A good night’s rest can make all the difference in your everyday life, and the developers of ReST Bed™ claim they have developed a mattress that will provide the perfect night of shuteye. ReST uses its patented Adaptive Sleep Thinking™ system, a pressure-sensing smart fabric armed with 18 air sensors, which learns what you like (and dislike) when you sleep. It then adjusts the mattress accordingly to give you a mattress fit that is completely attuned to your sleeping patterns. “This loop of sensing and responding continues through the night, and this is what makes it a solution instead of just a cool gadget or gimmick,” says Sommers. A good night’s rest could cost you: prices for a ReST mattress can start as high as $5,000.

Keen Home

Having the capability to improve the air quality in a home is a growing trend in new housing technology. The makers of the Keen Home Smart Vent want to take air quality control one step further by giving you the ability to control the air temperature and airflow in each room in your house.

“Our Smart Vents effectively reduce the square footage of the home that is being conditioned at various points throughout the day,” says Fant. By doing so, the Smart Vents improve upon the efficiency of a home’s HVAC system. For instance, in the evening when you are likely going to be sleeping in your bedroom, the Smart Vent will reduce the airflow in the living room and redirect that airflow to your bedroom. This results in shorter HVAC run times — and a potentially smaller energy bill.

Piper NV

If you’re worried about what’s going bump in the night, the Piper NV home smart security camera can keep a sharp eye on your home at all hours. The Piper NV also uses night vision to give you a crisp and clear view of any part of your home, which you can control through an app on your smartphone, and it will send you an alert should there be any suspicious activity going on.

August Smart Lock

If you are prone to losing your keys, the August Smart Lock may come to your rescue. This keyless smart lock uses encrypted locking technology to let you and your trusted circle of friends and relatives into your home without the aid of your typical brass key. It does this by way of a virtual key on a smartphone. “When you leave your home, it automatically locks the door behind you after a duration of your choosing,” says Bharat Vasan, the COO of August, making it “a seamless, unobtrusive part of every home.”

If you lose your smartphone, fret not: you can log on to the company’s website and remove your lost smartphone from your list of authorized users. August Smart Locks are already being sold in Apple Stores.

Misfit Bolt Light Bulbs

Want a light bulb that claims to last 20 years, shines a variety of colors, and can be controlled by your smartphone? Misfit, a maker of wearable technology, recently introduced its Misfit Bolt, a light that can change color at the swipe of your smartphone and keep track of your sleeping patterns. The LED light can even simulate a sunrise, which may prove to be a gentler way to get you out of bed.

Note: Fannie Mae does not endorse or support any of the technology (or the providers) described here. Instead, the information is provided as current news of interest.

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