CES 2017 starts January 5. This thread is for general discussion.
Expect a lot of smart home announcements, many of which may never come to market. Pay particularly close attention to anything which is announced for first or second quarter 2017 as those are likely to be the ones that will actually happen.
Samsung’s media event will be on the second day. They have not announced any details except that they are releasing a new roomba type vacuum cleaner.
Apple does not participate in CES themselves, but there will be many announcements of devices by third-party companies that will work with HomeKit.
Lots of startups will be presenting prototypes which are often mostly vaporware. But still interesting, particularly in terms of where they think the market is going to go.
Kwikset has promised their new Zwave plus and HomeKit lock models will be ready for market in the first half of 2017, so I expect them to have some on display.
Sylvania/Osram did a pre-release last week of their new Bluetooth RGBW bulbs which will be able to work with HomeKit without a hub. Obviously they’re after hue with that one.
Sonos is skipping CES this year which is…weird. Many many rumors that the Alexa integration previously announced for 2017 is not going well.
Rumors both ways about whether Wink will be presenting anything. They preannounced a switchmate integration–does that mean they’re enabling their Bluetooth radio for something more than onboarding their own hub?
Last year ADT announced “canopy” which was supposed to allow third-party systems like SmartThings to link up with an ADT monitoring center. But it never came to market. They’re going to have to bring something real to this year’s event to get any buzz at all.
Last year CES was all about televisions. And drones. And virtual reality. And hoverboards (remember those?)
This year, it looks like there will be more of an emphasis on appliances and smart homes, particularly smart assistants and simple use cases. Also self driving cars. But you never know for sure – – if one presentation starts getting a huge amount of buzz, even one of the vaporware ones, everybody else will modify bits of theirs on the fly to fit the new paradigm.