Kuri the robot and the “smart mirror,” which can play music, TV shows, display weather and news, and even allows you to scan emails, are among the hot products at the Consumer Electronics Show this year.
Interactive mirrors may change the meaning bathroom business forever. EKKO showed off the connected mirror that not only reflects your image but plays music, TV shows, streams YouTube videos, displays weather and news feeds, and allows you to scan your emails. The glass technology allows information to be digitally displayed at the bottom of the mirror. Miliboo debuted prototypes of the smart mirror during CES.
Kuri, the newest household robot expected to do well in the new year, is a 20-inch, 14-pound robot from Mayfield Robotics. Kuri features Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a 1080p camera, and full iOS/Android app control to help connect you to your devices and even monitor your home while you’re away. Kuri also can understand surroundings and its context, and even recognize specific people and respond to questions with facial expressions and head movements. Kuri can follow homeowners around the house and play podcasts/music or read a bedtime story to the kids. The robot can connect to other smart home devices in the household as well. It is expected to be available in the fall of 2017 for $699.
LG is also debuting multiple robots for the home during CES 2017, including a gardening robot for the outdoors.
Voice-activated devices are entering smart home tech, allowing you to control everything from powering on and off the lights to operating TVs and appliances through voice commands. Samsung debuted POWERbot VR7000 vacuum cleaner, which is compatible with Amazon Echo and allows consumers to control it using vocal commands. Somfy, a maker of automatically retractable awnings, showcased Somfy One, a new voice controlled, all-in-one home security system. SmartBeings’ WooHoo uses both voice and facial recognition in its interface. It can follow voice commands to adjust the thermostat or lighting, for example, or create to-do lists and control the home’s electronics. It also features a 360-degree rotating 1080p HD camera that has facial recognition, as well as infrared night vision and motion detection, to help protect homes from intruders.