Continuing yesterdays theme of recapping the Smart Home related news of CES, we’re back with the Day 2 recap.
This won’t be nearly as long of a post, since most companies announce their new products on the first day, and the rest of the week is for people to come check them out and demo them.
So lets jump right into it.
Philips Hue Announces Three New Outdoor Lights
Just when you thought there was a Hue light for everything, they come out with more.
The wall-mounted Appear light is designed to shine light vertically on the outside of your home, as a way of adding curb appeal and outside decor.
The new Lily XL Spotlight is similar to the existing Hue Lily Spotlight but is simply larger and brighter. Perfect for trees and gardens.
Lastly there is a new pathlight called the Hue Econic Pedestal light to illuminate your walkway.
The Appear and Lily XL will retail at $140, and the Pedestal will cost $140 when they become available in the near future.
Hue also updated the HDMI Sync box to now have Alexa, Google Assistant, and Siri control, as well as being able to be controlled with an IR remote, removing the need to use the Hue Sync App to change inputs.
LifX Adds Filament Style Bulbs, New Lightstrip, and more
Everyone’s favorite multicolored light brand LifX, adds more products to their lineup.
First off the the Edison Filament style smart bulb, which Hue released late least year, and Sengled also announced yesterday. There appear to be all the rage, giving a nice warm color temperature without the inefficiency of tungsten bulbs.
LifX also created a TV focused multicolor light strip, presumably to put behind your TV for added ambiance. Perhaps they’ll come out with their own version of the Hue HDMI Sync Box, which could be very exciting.
Lastly they even came out with a very non-conventional looking in-wall smart switch. It features four buttons, that can be configured to control your LifX lights, or even your conventional lights that are on the same circuit.
Their App has also been redesigned to focus on Automation, making it more approachable for less technical users.
The LifX Filament bulbs will cost $30 and come in 3 variations. The lightstrips will cost either $70 or $100 depending on length, while the switch will cost $99. The lights and the switch will be available in March.
Anker’s Eufy Updates Their Security Cameras
The Eufy Cam 2 has been revealed with plenty of features. 365 day battery life means you can place it wherever you want.
Local storage and no subscription is a big selling point as well, as many enthusiasts don’t want cloud only options.
The Eufy Cam 2 also has 1080p video, Night vision, Smart Image Enhancement, and works with all three voice assistants / ecosystems.
It’s available now for $350 on Amazon.
Their video doorbell has also been updated to be battery powered. It has 2K video with WDR, 180 days battery life, local storage, and works with Google Assistant and Alexa.
The Eufy Video Doorbell with battery power will be shipping Q1 2020 for $200.
WeMo Announces Stage Button and Shrinks Mini Smart Plug
The new button from WeMo allows users to select between 6 different scenes.
Their new smart button has three separate buttons, that allow for single and long presses, allowing for 6 total scenes. Very similar to how Hue users configure the dimmer button to enable different scenes.
The WeMo Stage will be available in the spring for $50.
In addition to the Stage controller, WeMo has updated their Mini Smart Plug to be even more mini. It’s now almost half the size at 2.1″ wide, compared to the 3.8″ width from before. This will make it fit easily in any outlet location, and it won’t block other outlets from use.
The WeMo Mini Smart Plug will go on sale this spring for $25.
As I said, Day 2 had a lot less news, since everyone has basically announced everything they have. But we still had a few popular companies announce some exciting new products.
Let me know your thoughts in the comments below, and if I missed anything as well!