The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is where the latest and greatest lifestyle-enhancing household products are unveiled.
BY GEORGE MCCLURE
Every January is an exciting time for anyone interested in home technology, as the Consumer Electronics Show showcases the latest and greatest products and prototypes of future gear. This year was no exception, as “smart” capabilities have made their way into new categories, bringing an array of functionality and fun to products you might not expect. For architects, designers and builders, it’s important to be aware of these new trends, because home lifestyles are being re-envisioned at an accelerating pace. Here are a few of the new products that struck our fancy.
Samsung BESPOKE refrigerator series
Samsung’s BESPOKE lineup is a new category of customizable refrigerators. They are kitchen-fit, meaning they can fit into most contemporary kitchens seamlessly while maintaining the built-in look which is a whole new category option in the market.
The new BESPOKE refrigerator lineup incorporates a modular design and offers eight different types, ranging from 1-door to 4-door units. With the ability to configure BESPOKE in many ways, consumers can enjoy the flexibility of tailoring their fridge to their lifestyle and design needs.
You can help clients create a kitchen space that is uniquely their own. For the front panel, choose from three different materials—cotta metal, satin glass, and glam glass—and multiple color options. Cotta metal is available in Charcoal, White, and Mint, while the popular Satin Glass comes in matte colors of Gray, Navy, Coral, and Yellow. Glam glass offers a glossy finish in either white or pink. In addition to the color and finish, consumers can also choose the overall interior design concept they want.
Kohler Moxie® showerhead with wireless speaker
Now this is streaming! The Moxie showerhead holds a portable speaker that pairs wirelessly with devices enabled with Bluetooth® technology to deliver high-quality audio to your shower. With the speaker docked directly into the showerhead, your music is closer than ever. In addition to letting you stream your favorite music, news, or talk radio, this innovative showerhead generates a full-coverage, revitalizing spray of water for a sensory experience like no other. Moxie is easy to install and use; the wireless speaker pops out for recharging, then securely pops back in for use while showering. You can even take it with you as a wireless speaker to use in any room of the house, or on the go.
LG ThinQ™ washing machine with Artificial Intelligent Direct Drive™ (AI DD) Motor
Powered by the company’s new Artificial Intelligence Direct Drive (AI DD) with deep learning, this revolutionary washing machine delivers thorough yet gentle care, determining the characteristics and volume of each load to minimize fabric damage. Also, with upgraded TurboWash 360, LG’s advanced front-loader gets clothes cleaner and completes cycles in less time.
Featuring the enhanced DD motor, this new appliance provides meticulous fabric care. Using deep learning – which draws on a vast amount of data collected by LG – the AI DD enables finely-tuned washing patterns, automatically detecting the weight of laundry and accurately assessing fabric softness. This guarantees exceptional results every time and reduces the occurrence of fabric damage by 18 percent to prolong the lifespan of favorite clothing items.