This year’s Consumer Electronics Show is set to start in just a few short weeks, allowing companies to show off their newest and best products. There are a number of categories set to be shown off at CES.
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Lots of new products coming out right now too, as well as next year!
Jasco Products has a big booth this year and has started releasing their new line of Z-Wave devices, the 12xxx model series featuring replacement switches for all their old rocker switches as well as introducing the new toggle switches. The rockers are available in White and Light Almond colors and the toggle is now available in White with Lt. Almond coming soon as well as additional colors in Ivory, Brown and Black. They have also replaced the 2-wire rocker dimmers with a 3-wire LED/CFL dimmer, same as the Contractor Only model 45712, and the toggle will be available soon in a 2-wire version also. they have some new plug-in modules with energy metering built-in, a ceiling fan motor speed controller, and an outdoor 40A Smart Switch as well. I think next year will bring their new line of Zigbee switches (I have even heard of a new bluetooth switch in the works – are they going to do BT as well?), although I am not sure if it will be at this year’s show, probably not.
Fibaro has released their newest US offering, the 4-in-1 Z-Wave Motion Sensor combining motion, temperature, light level and vibration functions. Its an incredible device, the smallest of its kind on the market, which fits nicely into the multitude of multi-purpose sensors which should be at this years show. I am sure they will also be showing their recent products into the US, the D/W sensors, RGBW LED strip controller, the flood sensor and the Home Center HC2 controller. My opinion, these are the best devices on the market!
Linear/2Gig is introducing their new Z-Wave water sensor which uses new technology to measure water flow for plumbing pipes without cutting any pipes and is z-wave controlled, and I am sure they will be touting their new Z-Wave Sounder alarm, door/window sensors, PIR sensor and of course, the BEST new Z-Wave Dimmable LED bulbs on the market, the BulbZ LB60Z-1. Oh and the new garage door controller as well, the GD00Z which is in full release now but was introduced at last year’s show, there are now 4 different versions so do your research when buying one to make sure its compatible. Linear is making alot of corporate changes right now with the merger and renaming of some of their divisions as well as a greater concentration of DIY products. GoControl, 2Gig and Linear will have more of a standalone DIY line of smart products such as switches, bulbs, thermostats, controllers etc, to start release in the 2nd quarter 2015. Should be very cool to see what they will do next year, they are already the largest producer of HA products in the world so should be interesting.
Some notable brands I wanted to mention will be Echostar Sage with their new Set-top Box with built-in Z-Wave, Zigbee, WIFI and BT featuring TV overlays and PIP and camera integration, D-Link has some new Z-wave cameras, ADT Pulse will probably be showing off their coming soon IFTTT integration as well as announcing future expansion plans, Green Peaks has some interesting lifestyle tech via Zigbee, Centralite a new Garage Door solution second to Linear’s on the market but will feature motion sensing, current, light and laser safety controls. Pella is supposed to be showing some z-wave shades and windows, and Ecobee and Keen are supposed to be showing off their z-wave vents.
Some additional brands and manufacturers this year without getting into too much detail are Securify with the Almond Router, NextLock, SysLink, WigWag, Vision Automotive, Qualcomm and many more.
This is by no means meant to be an all-inclusive list, but just a few of the items we found interesting to date and wanted to share with all of you, 2015 will be a very exciting and interesting year for HA, I believe this will be our biggest year yet with alot of new stuff coming out already. Lets hope it the RIGHT kind of stuff!
Feel free to expand on the list of brands/manufacturers too!