With a growing market for smart home gadgets, it’s hard not to associate today’s home goods with something high tech. And while I don’t think every appliance necessarily needs a touchscreen tablet or bluetooth connection to be considered great (I will gladly take The Sub-Zero and Wolf PRO 48 refrigerator over one that calls my mother); there are plenty you should consider.
From the world’s first consumer modular TV to sleep tracker, here are some exciting high tech home devices in 2018.
#1: “THE WALL” MICROLED 146-INCH WIRELESS TV (Samsung: 2018)
Samsung’s 146-inch TV—aptly named The Wall—was one of the most talked about products at CES 2018 for very good reasons. For starters, it looks amazing. As the world’s first MicroLED television, it contains self-emitting micrometer scale LEDs, which eliminates the need for color filters or backlight. But for many people, The Wall’s biggest draw is its modular design giving consumers the ability to create differently sized screens that meets their lifestyle needs.
#2: NOKIA SLEEP (Nokia: $99, available from March)
Raising the bar for sleeptrackers, Nokia Sleep is one of the best products this year for a great night’s sleep. Simply place the sensor under the mattress and you can expect it to carry out all the functions such as recording and tracking your sleep cycles, heart rate, sleep quality plus snoring patterns (length and number of times, not volume I’m afraid), and syncing everything back to the device’s health app. Sounds pretty standard? Well, what’s especially handy here is that the tracker doubles as a home automation device. This means: You can create the perfect sleeping and waking up environment by having it control all your smart items—lights off and blinds down when you get in bed; coffee maker on when you get up.
#3: BEOSOUND SHAPE (Bang & Olufsen: $4,000+, software update available in 2018)
Beyond the style, versatility and noise dampers for improved room acoustics, there’s now another reason to love the Beosound Shape. As The Best of Innovations-winner within the High-Performance Home Audio/Video category at CES 2018, this customizable wireless speaker system will support AirPlay 2 (via BeoSound Core) shortly after its official launch. So whether you want to have a multi-room, wireless audio playback experience from Apple Music or other apps, you can easily control your music through different Apple mobile- and home devices.
#4: WIRELESS KITCHEN (Urbaneer: $8,000+, available from July)
Given the multiple uses of kitchens nowadays—for cooking, working and gathering, getting rid of all the power cords for different appliances (especially near the sink) could make for a more user-friendly and safer home. Enter Urbaneer and the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC), which in a recent showcase at CES 2018 displayed a wireless kitchen with counters that have built-in wireless power for all your mobile devices— iPhone 8 and iPhone X, the Samsung Galaxy S8, laptops and other smart kitchen appliances. Compared to many so-called innovations nowadays, this concept is truly practical and could make a great difference further down the road.