A few of my favourite smart products at CES 2019

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CES 2019 wrapped up last week, and like every year, I was wowed by the innovations presented - especially the IoT and smart home products.

Here are a few products that really stood out to me:

Capstone Connected Home Smart Mirror

It seems like there are a few smart mirrors at CES every year, but it looks like we’re getting closer to having them be a standard feature in our homes. Capstone’s Smart Mirror has voice and touchscreen capabilities, and integrates with Google Assistant. You can check the weather, traffic, stream YouTube, access social media, and run other apps. You can even access Google Drive and your emails.

JAXJOX Kettlebell  

Working out is getting smarter and more space efficient. The JAXJOX Kettlebell has three different weight settings, which you can change digitally. You can go from 12 to 42 pounds in just three seconds. There are also motion sensors in the Kettlebell that tracks sets, reps, weight and workout time. The equipment communicates with an app that you can use to measure results, access training videos, and connect to your fitbit data.

Samsung Bot Care

We’re getting closer and closer to The Jetsons’ lifestyle every year. The Samsung Bot Care is basically a personal robot that can monitor your sleep, take your vitals, notify emergency contacts in case of an emergency, play videos, entertain kids, and be beckoned with a gesture.

KitchenAid Smart Display

If you use Google Assistant for recipes, then you know how helpful it is. The only problem is your phone and Google Home device are not meant for the messy kitchen. The KitchenAid Smart Display is a 10” water and dust resistant display powered by Google Assistant. You can get flour and water on it while cooking and you don’t have to worry about damaging it.

While I’m encouraged by the advancement of IoT technology, I can’t help but think about all the people across Canada that will not be able to take advantage of what modern technology has to offer. There are still millions of people across Canada without a reliable and affordable connection to high-speed Internet. Everything I just highlighted requires broadband. As this seemingly futuristic technology becomes more common in households throughout the country, North America, and the rest of the world, those without Internet will be left behind, both personally and professionally.

Campbell Patterson