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Vizio

SmartCast 3.0

The third major update to Vizio's TV operating system, SmartCast, will begin rolling out to new and existing smart TVs in Q2 2019. It includes support for Apple AirPlay 2, HomeKit, Google Assistant, and Alexa. That means you can use Siri, Assistant, or Alexa to control your Vizio TV.

Press Release

IRVINE, Calif. and LAS VEGAS, Jan. 7, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- VIZIO, Inc. announced today the latest iteration of its easy-to-use smart TV experience, VIZIO SmartCast 3.0, which will offer unparalleled value to consumers through new seamless integrations, features and content offerings. With support for Apple AirPlay 2, millions of VIZIO SmartCast users can effortlessly play videos, music, photos and more directly from their iPhone, iPad and Mac to SmartCast TVs. HomeKit, Apple's secure smart home platform, will also be supported, enabling customers to easily control their SmartCast TVs using the Home app or by asking Siri. Support for AirPlay 2 and HomeKit on VIZIO SmartCast TVs will be available for registered beta members across the U.S. and Canada to experience in Q1 2019. Following the beta, VIZIO SmartCast 3.0 will roll out via free cloud-based updates to new and existing SmartCast TVs and displays in Q2 20191.

"At our core, VIZIO is committed to delivering value. SmartCast 3.0 is one of the ways we're doing just that. By adding support for Apple AirPlay 2 and HomeKit, users can play content from their iPhone, iPad and Mac directly to SmartCast TVs, and enable TV controls through the Home app and Siri," said Bill Baxter, Chief Technology Officer, VIZIO. "SmartCast 3.0 also supports Google Assistant and provides access to thousands of Google Chromecast-enabled apps. Additional support for Alexa rounds out our voice control offerings, allowing VIZIO SmartCast to seamlessly fit into any household with Siri, Google Assistant or Alexa. We're excited to be the first in the marketplace to support such a wide range of ways for consumers to sit back and enjoy the entertainment they love."

AirPlay 2 
With a simple tap of the AirPlay icon, users will be able to stream 4K and Dolby Vision HDR movies and TV shows from iTunes and other video apps as well as music, photos and more directly from their iPhone, iPad and Mac to their SmartCast TVs2. Users can also mirror content such as web pages and presentations to their VIZIO SmartCast TVs. AirPlay 2 also features multi-room audio capabilities so users can listen to Apple Music, music from their iTunes library, and third-party music services as well as podcasts on their VIZIO SmartCast TV, HomePod, Apple's wireless home music speaker, or other AirPlay 2-compatible speakers at the same time, all in sync.

HomeKit
HomeKit allows customers to easily and securely control smart home products using the Home app or by asking Siri on their Apple devices. VIZIO SmartCast TVs can be added to the Home app and included in scenes or automations like any other HomeKit accessory. Customers can also use iPhone and iPad to turn their SmartCast TV on or off from the Home app, change volume and switch inputs, and ask Siri from iPhone and iPad to play movies, TV shows or music with AirPlay 2.

Additional Features
Rounding out VIZIO SmartCast 3.0 are new Google Assistant and Alexa functionalities along with updates to the intuitive user interface.

Building on existing voice control support, SmartCast 3.0 will offer expanded Google Assistant actions for VIZIO SmartCast TVs. Consumers with a Google Home or Google Assistant-enabled device will have the ability to use simple voice commands to launch apps, select inputs as well as pause, resume, stop, fast-forward, rewind content and more. Users with Alexa-enabled devices can also control their TV, and coming later this year, launch apps without lifting a finger.

Whether a smart-home enthusiast, cord-cutter or everyday entertainment consumer, VIZIO SmartCast 3.0 provides users with versatile and intuitive ways to experience endless entertainment. New apps continue to be added to SmartCast Home™, VIZIO's on-screen smart TV experience, joining popular favorites like Netflix, Prime Video, Hulu, Vudu, iHeartRadio, CBS All Access, NBC and more3.

SmartCast 3.0 also includes VIZIO WatchFree, the completely free streaming service that provides access to live news, sports, movies, TV shows, viral videos, concerts and more all without the expense of monthly subscriptions or transaction fees. WatchFree is easily accessible via a dedicated input and is also located on the SmartCast Home screen. With the rollout of SmartCast 3.0, users will be able to enjoy new channels, including TV Spotlight, which features rotating box office favorites. New channels will  join popular WatchFree offerings such as NBC News/MSNBC/CNBC, Fox Sports, Bloomberg Television, Action Movies, Crime Network, Fail Army, PeopleTV and more.

More information surrounding VIZIO SmartCast 3.0 will be available closer to launch. To learn more about support for AirPlay 2 and HomeKit, Google Assistant or Alexa visit VIZIO.com.

1The SmartCast 3.0 update is available only to eligible SmartCast TVs and displays enabled with SmartCast Home™, VIZIO's on-screen smart TV experience
24K and Dolby Vision HDR available via select apps
3The third-party applications and content described herein may only be available in certain countries and languages, may require additional fees or subscription charges, and may be subject to future updates, modifications, interruption and/or discontinuation of service without notice, and VIZIO has no control over such content.

About VIZIO
VIZIO's mission is to deliver the ultimate entertainment experience through our community of connected consumers, advertisers, and media content providers. Through our connected entertainment platform, VIZIO is transforming the way consumers discover and experience media content. Since our founding in California in 2002, VIZIO has built an industry-leading brand of products, including televisions, sound bars and other devices. VIZIO is a leading HDTV and sound bar brand in America. VIZIO product leadership is highlighted by a number of industry reviews and awards, making the 2018 collection the most awarded in company history. The 2018 VIZIO SmartCast E-, P-, and P-Series Quantum TVs have earned Reviewed.com's Editors' Choice awards1. VIZIO 2018 P-Series earned Wirecutter's Best LCD/LED TV and the P-Series Quantum earned their Upgrade Pick2. VIZIO's SB3651 was named "Best Budget Pick" by Wirecutter3, a New York Times company. The SB3621n-E8 sound bar received a 9.1 score and an Editor's Choice from CNET4.
For more information, please call 888-VIZIOCE or visit www.VIZIO.com.

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Vizio 36" Sound Bar

Vizio also announecd a sound bar with support for Google Assistant. The 36" 5.1.4 and 36" 3.1.2 models will be controllable using Assistant (it's not built-in), and will also function as audio-only Chromecasts. Pricing and availability has not been announced yet.

Press Release

IRVINE, Calif. and LAS VEGAS, Jan. 7, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- VIZIO, Inc. announced today its 2019 audio lineup, highlighted by the VIZIO 36" 5.1.4 and 36" 3.1.2 Home Theater Sound Systems with Dolby Atmos. Designed to infuse cinematic audio into a variety of entertainment setups, the all-new 36" systems deploy sound from every angle, even overhead. Both the 5.1.4 and 3.1.2 configurations feature discreet upward-firing speakers that deliver up to 10 channels of incredibly immersive sound. The 2019 collection also features a 20" 2.0 Sound Bar which is ideal for a bedroom or den, and 36" 5.1 and 2.1 Sound Bar Systems that both feature a uniquely-designed slim subwoofer that can easily disappear underneath or behind a couch to preserve TV room aesthetics. The VIZIO 36" 5.1.4 and 36" 3.1.2 Home Theater Sound Systems with Dolby Atmos, as well as the VIZIO 20" 2.0 Sound Bar and 36" 5.1 and 2.1 Sound Bar Systems will be available in Spring 2019.

"Identifying the right home audio solution isn't a one-size-fits-all approach, which is why VIZIO is continuously adding new configurations that allow users to tailor their sound experience to match their listening environment," said Bill Baxter, Chief Technology Officer, VIZIO. "From versatile sound bars that widen the soundstage and improve audio quality in smaller rooms, to our premium home theater sound systems with Dolby Atmos which deliver immersive, multidimensional sound at a great value, we're providing consumers with even more audio options to complement a variety of home entertainment spaces and budgets."

The VIZIO 36" 5.1.4 and 36" 3.1.2 Home Theater Sound Systems with Dolby Atmos build on VIZIO's value promise and heritage of award-winning audio performance. Designed to pair with a variety of televisions and room sizes, the two new configurations boast up to four upward-firing speakers designed to reflect sound off the ceiling, providing enhanced sound depth. From birds fluttering overhead to helicopters swirling above and around, the new VIZIO systems feature Dolby Atmos audio technology to further draw viewers into their entertainment. Engineered with cinephiles and gamers in mind, each system pushes rich sound from the bar's front left and right channels, expanding the soundstage. A separate center channel enables crystal-clear dialogue, while powerful wireless subwoofers produce room-shaking bass. The 36" 5.1.4 features rear surround sound and is complete with a six-inch subwoofer. The 36" 3.1.2 features a newly designed, powerful slim subwoofer that provides consumers another configuration option to suit a variety of entertainment setups. The slim subwoofer conveniently tucks underneath a sofa, or can easily be hidden in a corner for an overall clean aesthetic while still providing deep bass. Highlighted by a simple, plug-and-play installation process – eliminating the need for additional components such as receivers, amplifiers or other cables – the offerings yield cinematic sound within minutes and are packaged in a sleek, industrial form-factor.

VIZIO's latest sound bar systems with Dolby Atmos feature Chromecast built-in, allowing users to stream music from favorite audio apps like Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio and Google Play Music1. By tapping the Cast button, or by downloading the free SmartCast Mobile app, users can transform any mobile device into a powerful touchscreen remote to stream music directly to their VIZIO home theater sound system.

The 36" 5.1.4 and 36" 3.1.2 solutions also offer voice-control support for Google Assistant, allowing users to control their sound bars using only their voice. While Bluetooth® is integrated into all VIZIO audio products, streaming over a Wi-Fi connection allows listeners to control playback over a greater range compared to Bluetooth, in addition to experiencing higher quality audio without interruptions from texts or phone calls.

For consumers looking to add room-filling sound to a bedroom, kid's playroom or den, the all-new VIZIO 20" 2.0 Sound Bar and 36" 5.1 and 2.1 Sound Bar Systems are great options. The 20" 2.0 configuration packs incredible sound quality into a compact aesthetic. By widening the soundstage beyond what TV speakers are capable of, the 20" 2.0 Sound Bar packs amazing sound into a small package. The compact bar features two powerful full-range stereo speakers to boost audio performance and integrated deep bass modules that provide room-filling bass. VIZIO's 36" 5.1 and 2.1 Sound Bar Systems for 2019 are another great solution for more intimate viewing environments, or larger home theater rooms. These new sound bar systems pump out up to 100 dB of amazing sound and feature a new wireless slim subwoofer that adds deep bass as low as 50 Hz without taking up too much space. Each features integrated DTS Virtual:X technology to simulate height for a true surround sound experience.

More information surrounding VIZIO's all-new 2019 audio collection will be available closer to launch.

1The third party applications and content described herein may only be available in certain countries and languages, may require additional fees or subscription charges, and may be subject to future updates, modifications, interruption and/or discontinuation of service without notice, and VIZIO has no control over such content.

About VIZIO

VIZIO's mission is to deliver the ultimate entertainment experience through our community of connected consumers, advertisers, and media content providers. Through our connected entertainment platform, VIZIO is transforming the way consumers discover and experience media content. Since our founding in California in 2002, VIZIO has built an industry-leading brand of products, including televisions, sound bars and other devices. VIZIO is a leading HDTV and sound bar brand in America. VIZIO product leadership is highlighted by a number of industry reviews and awards, making the 2018 collection the most awarded in company history. The 2018 VIZIO SmartCast E-, P-, and P-Series Quantum TVs have earned Reviewed.com's Editors' Choice awards1. VIZIO 2018 P-Series earned Wirecutter's Best LCD/LED TV and the P-Series Quantum earned their Upgrade Pick2. VIZIO's SB3651 was named "Best Budget Pick" by Wirecutter3, a New York Times company. The SB3621n-E8 sound bar received a 9.1 score and an Editor's Choice from CNET4.

Daikin

Daikin One+ Thermostat

The North American branch of Daikin announced its own smart thermostat at CES, the One+. In addition to adjusting the temperature, it also can serve as a controller for a professional HVAC system, making it a great option for office buildings. Daikin also plans to offer indoor air quality modules and other components that can interact with the One+, and the system supports Alexa and Google Assistant.

Press Release

HOUSTON & LAS VEGAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Daikin North America LLC today introduced The Daikin One+™ smart thermostat, an architecturally-inspired intelligent home air management controller. Beyond a typical smart thermostat, it is a controller for a full professional HVAC system with a growing ecosystem of air quality modules to give consumers more control over the air they breathe and a premium HVAC experience.

Daikin, the world’s largest heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) manufacturer, is a global innovator of advanced solutions for residential, commercial and industrial applications for 90+ years. With the introduction of the Daikin One™ ecosystem, Daikin is up-ending the status quo in the HVAC market, where players have been conservative in adopting IoT technologies and, until recently, relegated leadership in the smart thermostat category to consumer electronics brands.

The Daikin One+ smart thermostat is the first smart thermostat to offer full two-way communications and serves as a cloud-connected hub and controller for sophisticated, communicating HVAC systems. In combination with Daikin’s smart inverter HVAC systems, such as the Daikin FIT™ system, the Daikin One ecosystem of indoor air quality modules provides an unparalleled, integrated solution for temperature control and air quality. It allows people to “Visualize the Air™” inside their home and reacts on cues to provide a premium indoor air environment. That’s “Air Intelligence™.”

The Daikin One+ smart thermostat is different from other smart thermostats in four ways:

1. It’s not just a switch to turn the HVAC system on and off. Other smart thermostats from consumer electronics companies lack the protocols to communicate with HVAC equipment. And, while some other HVAC manufacturers offer custom controllers, they lack sophisticated user interface and physical design.

2. In combination with the Daikin One ecosystem, it offers indoor air quality modules, including the Daikin One air cleaner, Daikin One home air monitor and Daikin One zone monitor that all work together seamlessly. For example, homeowners are notified when a contaminant event occurs and have the option to run the HVAC system to help reduce contaminants.

3. Because of its intelligence, the Daikin One+ smart thermostat enables users to set different temperatures in different zones of a home, keeping residents comfortable wherever they are in the home.

4. The thermostat interface lets a user decide how to control a home’s temperature in two different ways: digital and analog. Daikin offers both technologies for simple and sophisticated control, in one elegantly designed thermostat.

Re-imagining the thermostat: Applying world-class design for extraordinary simplicity and premium experience

The Daikin One+ smart thermostat was beautifully crafted and designed in collaboration with one of the consumer electronics industry’s and Silicon Valley’s leading industrial product designers, Fred Bould of Bould Design. Bould, the designer of many iconic consumer devices, worked in cooperation with Dubberly Design Office to develop a state-of-the-art user interface with Daikin engineers in Houston.

The thermostat design features a double square structure that pairs a sophisticated high-resolution digital color touch screen on the left side with the proven functionality of a classic analog dial control on the right side. This arrangement reflects well-established patterns of cognitive interaction (reading from left to right). For fast, on-the-go temperature adjustments, the dial is the perfect tool. For more involved control, such as setting a schedule, a refined capacitive touch interface offers an easy-to-understand menu system. A simple touch on the display reveals access to the full range of settings.

New and casual users see the current temperature, turn the dial, and see the set points. But just taps away are other key features — scheduled set-point changes, energy-saving “away” set-points and air quality readings. Users can also opt for user-friendly mobile applications and voice control via leading voice assistance platforms. Professional contractors can go even deeper into operations, but these settings are kept well out of the way of casual users.

Reinforcing the touch interface experience is a thin light strip that projects an orange or blue glow underneath the thermostat to indicate the current system mode: orange for heating, blue for cooling. A proximity sensor wakes the thermostat on approach to be ready for input.

Daikin took the same level of care with design and development of the user interface, companion mobile app and contractor installation app.

“Daikin’s philosophy is one of simplicity. Fitness-for-purpose. Craftsmanship. Thoroughness. A feeling of calm,” said Dennis Thoren, VP of technology strategy for Daikin. “We explicitly designed the Daikin One+ smart thermostat for three different audiences: casual users who simply want to change the temperature; homeowners who are concerned about maximizing efficiency and customizing settings to their needs, and finally, it had to work for our professional contractors, the folks installing the system, who have sophisticated technical needs.”

Inside the Daikin One+ smart thermostat

An integrated Wi-Fi radio connects to the homeowner app through the internet, while a sub-GHz radio gathers data from remote sensors and talks to other thermostats in the home to support independent zone control. Dual processors allow the thermostat to connect with other thermostats and the companion app, gather data from remote sensors and maintain two-way communication with the HVAC equipment to control the whole system. Geo-fencing automatically reduces energy use and saves money when no one is home, and the device supports utility demand-response programs to further reduce energy expenses.

The Daikin One cloud also seamlessly integrates with open smart home architectures including Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. It has an open application programming interface (API) for other home automation platforms, allowing consumers to effortlessly use features such as voice control. Further, Daikin’s One cloud will allow utilities to reduce power demand simply and effectively using OpenADR 2.0 protocol that allows consumers to benefit through lower electricity bills.

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About Daikin

Daikin Industries, Ltd. (DIL) is a Fortune 1000 company with more than 70,000 employees worldwide, and is the world’s number 1 air conditioning company. Daikin North America LLC (DNA) is a subsidiary of DIL. DNA and its affiliates manufacture heating and cooling systems for residential, commercial and industrial use and are sold via a select group of independent HVAC contractors. DIL manufacturing operations include facilities at Houston, TX and Fayetteville, TN. For additional information, visit www.northamerica-daikin.com.

Additional Information:

Before purchasing this appliance, read important information about its estimated annual energy consumption, yearly operating cost, or energy efficiency rating that is available from your retailer.

Daikin and its designs are trademarks owned by Daikin.

Verizon

Hum by Verizon

A few carriers already sell connected car accessories, and now it's Verizon's turn. 'Hum by Verizon' plugs into a car's OBD port and provides diagnostic information, the location, trip history, and more. It also functions as a Google Assistant speaker. Verizon expects Hum will go on sale in Q1 2019.

Press Release

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 7, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Consumer Electronics Show (CES) -- Hum by Verizon, an all-in-one connected car solution that gives users vehicle location, diagnostics, emergency roadside assistance, trip history and more, will be the first 4G LTE connected car solution that has the Google Assistant built in.

With a simple tap on the HumX speaker's call button, you can access the Google Assistant. With the Google Assistant built in, HumX users will be able to manage tasks and get answers to questions hands-free while on the road.

What's more, because Hum works with the Google Assistant, users will be able to use any Google Assistant device, such as a smartphone, tablet, Google Home or HumX, to perform Hum-specific actions, such as locate a vehicle, access trip history, set a speed alert, or get fuel status. Once a customer links their Google account with their Hum account, these Hum Actions and more will be available for HumX and Hum+ customers alike through the Google Assistant.

"More than ever, we're empowering drivers with information they need for the road ahead," said Michael Maddux, vice president of product for Verizon Connect. "Using the Google Assistant, Hum customers can ask about their car's location, fuel level or about any of the day's priorities, such as how long it will take to get to work or what's on their calendar."

HumX with the Google Assistant will be available at Verizon Wireless retail stores and through hum.com in the first quarter of 2019. Customers who already own the second generation of HumX will receive an over-the-air update that will automatically add the Google Assistant to their Hum device.

For more information and a demonstration of Hum with the Google Assistant, please visit Hum by Verizon today (Monday, Jan. 7) at Digital Experience (Pepcom) at the Mirage Hotel from 7 PM to 10:30 PM Pacific Time.

About Verizon Connect 
Verizon Connect is guiding a connected world on the go by automating, optimizing and revolutionizing the way people, vehicles and things move through the world. Our full suite of industry-defining solutions and services put innovation, automation and connected data to work for customers and help them be safer, more efficient and more productive. With more than 3,500 dedicated employees in 15 countries, we deliver leading mobile technology platforms and solutions. For more on Verizon Connect, visit www.verizonconnect.com.

About the Google Assistant
Google Assistant is a powerful virtual assistant developed by Google that can help manage your tasks, plan your day, answer questions, control your home, and more. To learn more about what you can ask the Google Assistant, visit https://assistant.google.com/explore.

McAfee

McAfee Secure Home

McAfee currently offers a 'Secure Home' platform for companies to integrate into their routers, for some reason. At CES, the company announced that Google Assistant is now integrated into its Secure Home platform. Assuming you have a router with McAfee's software, you can now say commands like "how many devices are connected to my home router network" and "scan my home router network."

Press Release

LAS VEGAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--CES-- Today McAfee announced the planned launch of the new McAfee Secure Home Platform voice commands for the Google Assistant. The McAfee Secure Home Platform is available today for device manufacturers worldwide to integrate into routers and gateways. With this forthcoming Google Assistant integration, customers with a McAfee Secure Home Platform-enabled router and compatible Assistant devices will be able to easily use voice commands to customize and monitor security of their connected homes.

To more easily manage home network security, McAfee Secure Home Platform voice commands will be available for the Google Assistant on McAfee Secure Home Platform-enabled routers and all compatible Assistant devices

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McAfee Secure Home Platform provides a built-in layer of security that automatically protects internet-connected devices on the home network from a variety of threats and delivers comprehensive parental controls. As people bring Internet of Things (IoT) devices into their homes for increased convenience and efficiency, the amount of information shared with and collected by these gadgets also increases. As a result, consumers must think about security not only for protecting traditional devices like PCs, laptops and smartphones, but also for connected home items, like smart appliances, gaming consoles and more.

“From connected toasters to smart TVs consumers are enjoying the conveniences associated with the IoT devices as they enhance their everyday lives, but so are cybercriminals,” said Shailaja Shankar, general manager, mobile and ISP business units, McAfee. “For that reason, consumers must evolve their approach to cybersecurity to keep pace with today’s rapidly-changing environment. In an increasingly connected home, managing security must be simple. The McAfee Secure Home Platform Actions for the Google Assistant empowers consumers with an easy way to manage their home’s network security using their voice.”

Consumers can use their voice to manage McAfee Secure Home Platform features with Google Assistant-enabled devices. A partial list of voice commands includes:

  • “Hey Google, how many devices are connected to my home router network” – This provides users with the number of devices connected to the network
  • “Hey Google, scan my home router network” – This will scan IoT/connected devices on the network for known weaknesses

Availability

The McAfee Secure Home Platform is available today for device manufacturers worldwide to integrate into routers and gateways. The McAfee Actions for the Google Assistant will be available to McAfee Secure Home Platform customers in the coming months.

About McAfee

McAfee is the device-to-cloud cybersecurity company. Inspired by the power of working together, McAfee creates business and consumer solutions that make our world a safer place. www.mcafee.com

McAfee technologies’ features and benefits depend on system configuration and may require enabled hardware, software, or service activation. No computer system can be secure. McAfee® and the McAfee logo are trademarks of McAfee, LLC or its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries. Other marks and brands may be claimed as the property of others.

Sengled

Sengled Smart Lights

Sengled, a company specializing in smart lights, announced a range of new light bulbs at CES. The 'Smart LED extra-bright 100W replacement bulb' (excellent name) claims to be the first smart bulb with 1500 lumens in a traditional A19 size. The company also revealed a multi-color lightstrip, a multi-color A19 bulb, and other smart lights.

The extra-bright 100W bulb is expected to come in the first half of 2019, but pricing is not available yet. The multi-coloir A19 bulb will go on sale "in early Q2."

Press Release

LAS VEGAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today at CES Unveiled, smart lighting company Sengled announces a new range of smart light bulbs. The new lineup includes the brightest smart light on the market, Sengled Smart LED extra-bright 100W replacement bulb, which has been recognized as a CES 2019 Innovation Award Honoree in the Smart Home category.

“Our new product announcements demonstrate how Sengled is continuing to push the limits of what is possible with smart lighting”

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The unveiling of the Sengled Smart LED extra-bright 100W replacement bulb highlights Sengled’s dedication to pushing the limits of what lighting can do in the home. Designed to replace a traditional 100W light bulb, the Sengled Smart LED extra-bright 100W replacement bulb is the first-to-market 100 watt replacement smart bulb with 1500 lumens and the traditional A19 form factor. The high light output combined with the traditional A19 size means consumers can seamlessly swap any 100W light bulb with this smart bulb and not compromise the overall light level in that space. Like other Sengled Smart LED (Sengled Element) bulbs, users can set schedules and routines and monitor energy savings using the Sengled Home app.

In addition to announcing this industry first smart bulb, Sengled is unveiling other lighting products so consumers can not only do more, but also play more and know more with smart lighting. The unveiling of the Sengled Smart LED Multicolor Lightstrip and Sengled Smart Wi-Fi Multicolor A19 bulb add new, simple ways for consumers to play with 16 million colors. The Sengled Smart LED with Motion Sensor, also being showcased at CES, combines two devices – floodlight and motion sensor – to help alert users of what is going on around their homes.

Sengled Smart LED Multicolor Lightstrip offers 16 million color options to choose from, allowing users to create the desired ambiance for any activity in any room. Customers can use the Sengled Home app to set up schedules to turn lights on and off automatically.

Similar to the Lightstrip, Sengled Smart Wi-Fi LED Multicolor A19 Bulb allows users to play more with lighting with the ability to choose from 16 million colors and thousands of whites. With no hub required, they can simply connect the bulb to their existing Wi-Fi network.

In addition to the new multicolor Smart LED products, Sengled will also be showcasing another CES 2019 Innovation Award Honoree in the Smart Home category product at CES – the Sengled Smart LED with Motion Sensor. This outdoor security light integrates the smart control of the Sengled Smart LED (Sengled Element) lighting platform with PIR motion sensor technology, combining the functionality of two devices into one. At 1200 lumens, this bright PAR38 floodlight LED offers bright lighting for outdoor lighting applications around the home.

Finally, Sengled will be adding both a Sengled Smart Switch and Sengled Smart Sensor to its growing portfolio. The Sengled Smart Switch is a wireless switch that allows users to easily turn the lights on and off or adjust the brightness with the familiarity of a simple remote control. And, the Sengled Smart Sensor can be placed on doors or windows, automatically controlling lights when motion is detected.

Users of all these new and existing Sengled smart lighting products can use the Sengled Home app to control the lights at home or when away, set routines to turn lights on/off automatically and monitor electricity use for each light. In addition, and as with all Sengled smart light bulbs, users can connect to the lights to Alexa and Google Assistant devices to control via voice. The addition of the Sengled Smart Switch and Sengled Smart Sensor add more ways to control Sengled lights. Sengled Smart LED lights can also be linked to other smart home hubs like SmartThings and Wink.

“Our new product announcements demonstrate how Sengled is continuing to push the limits of what is possible with smart lighting,” said Johnson Shen, Sengled CEO. “But we’re not just pushing limits because we can, rather, we’re aiming to release new products that allow people to do more with smart lighting. From truly illuminating a room with the brightest of lights, to allowing people to play with 16 million different colors to set the right ambiance, with Sengled lights everyone can now create the right lighting for them and their home. And we’re making sure that it truly is for everyone, with simple, easy set up and connection to favorite devices like Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.”

Sengled will be showcasing their lighting range including these industry-first products at CES Unveiled on Sunday, January 6, 2019. You can also visit Sengled on the CES show floor (Sands Expo, Level 2, Booth #42537).

Availability and pricing:

  • The Sengled Smart LED with Motion Sensor is now on sale at leading retailers including Amazon and Best Buy for $29.99
  • The Sengled Smart Wi-Fi LED Multicolor A19 bulb is expected to be released in early Q2 and pricing will be available on release.
  • The Sengled Smart LED extra-bright 100W replacement bulb, Sengled Smart LED Multicolor Lightstrip, Sengled Smart Switch and Sengled Smart Sensor are all expected to be released in the first half of 2019. Pricing will be available on release.

About Sengled:

Sengled is a multinational organization with an unwavering commitment to continuously push the limits of what is possible with a light bulb. Driven to transform lighting from a basic need to a personal experience, Sengled’s premier range of products empowers people to build and control connected, playful and secure spaces. With innovative, economical lighting solutions, Sengled strives to continuously redefine modern lighting and show that you can do more with light.

Sylvania

Sylvania Smart

Sylvania's smart home products are a bit unusual — instead of connecting over Wi-Fi or another wide-range wireless protocol, the company's products use a mesh Bluetooth network. At CES, Sylvania announced its smart bulbs can now work with Google Assistant, assuming an Android device with Sylvania's app is within range of the mesh network.

Press Release

WILMINGTON, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--LEDVANCE, the maker of SYLVANIA general lighting in the United States, is expanding its portfolio of easy-to-use SYLVANIA SMART+ Bluetooth lighting to benefit Android users in the US. Launched early 2017, the HomeKit™-enabled SYLVANIA SMART+ Full Color A19 LED light bulb was the first to be easily controlled via Siri® and the Apple® Home app without a separate hub. Now, with an Android device in the home in range, new SYLVANIA SMART+ Bluetooth LED lighting products work with the Google Assistant™ or Amazon Alexa via the new SYLVANIA Smart Home app on Google Play, providing hands-free lighting control for Android users without requiring any additional hardware.

SYLVANIA SMART+ lighting expands to offer simple setup, control and convenience for Android users

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Android users can also benefit from Bluetooth mesh technology. If they have multiple SYLVANIA Bluetooth mesh devices, they can control the SYLVANIA lights in another room, on the next floor, or even outside their home thanks to the ability of mesh devices to relay commands and information between each other, effectively extending the control range of their phones. With Bluetooth mesh devices, users can also take advantage of increased reliability and scalability with a limited delay in response when controlling individual or groups of lights together.

“No matter which system or phone you have, with SYLVANIA SMART+ Bluetooth LED lighting products you can count on simple setup, control and convenience,” said Alberto Pierotti, Head of SMART and Head of R&D for US and Canada, LEDVANCE. “These are the first products to work with all three voice assistants from Apple, Amazon and Google using Bluetooth or Bluetooth mesh.”

The new SYLVANIA Smart Home app available on Google Play gives Android users easy control of popular features such as turning lights on and off, grouping their lights, adjusting the brightness level, and changing colors with Full Color products.

While other smart lighting products require a gateway or rely on a Wi-Fi router as a hub controlled by Siri, Alexa or the Google Assistant, SYLVANIA SMART+ Bluetooth LED lighting products eliminate the need for additional hardware and provide simplified control - nothing more, nothing less. These are perfect for high school or college students who want to personalize their bedrooms, dorms rooms or apartments, or anyone who wants to enjoy the convenience of smart lighting.

“People have always told us that they like the benefits of smart lighting but want it to be easier to setup and use. We accomplished this when we launched our HomeKit-enabled SYLVANIA SMART+ Bluetooth lighting products,” said Pierotti. “Now, we are offering that same ease-of-use and convenience to Android users with smart lighting that requires nothing more than a mobile device and a free app. These are the world’s first and only Bluetooth mesh connected lighting products that provide the long range, low power and high reliability that smart home customers want.”

Apple users can control their lights from the Apple Home app on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch® or Apple Watch®, by using Siri on any device including HomePod™, or directly from Control Center. Outside the home, a HomeKit home hub (HomePod, 4th generation Apple TV® or an iPad with the latest version of iOS) can remotely control these units and set up automations.

Six SYLVANIA SMART+ Bluetooth products are available for integration with the SYLVANIA Smart Home App. They are the SYLVANIA SMART+ Bluetooth A19 Soft White, A19 Full Color, A19 Filament, BR30 Soft White, BR30 Full Color, and Indoor Full Color Flex Strip. Products are available on Amazon, select Home Depot locations and homedepot.com, Menards and menards.com, and other retailers. The SYLVANIA SMART+ Bluetooth In Wall Switch and Plug, in addition to an iOS version of the app, will come at a later date.

ABOUT LEDVANCE LLC
With offices in more than 50 countries and business activities in more than 140 countries, LEDVANCE is one of the world's leading general lighting providers for professional users and end consumers. In North America, LEDVANCE LLC offers a wide range of SYLVANIA LED luminaires for various applications, intelligent lighting products for Smart Homes and Buildings, one of the largest LED lamps portfolios in the industry, and traditional light sources. In fiscal year 2017, LEDVANCE achieved a turnover of around 1.9 billion Euro. The SYLVANIA brand leadership is a result of over 100 years of lighting experience and paves the way for future success. Further information can be found at www.sylvania.com.

Capstone

Connected Home Smart Mirror

Capstone Industries announced the first product in its 'Connected Home' lineup at CES — a mirror with Google Assistant. The company says the 19x22 mirror will be able to check the weather, play YouTube videos, run applications, and more. No specifications or pricing is available.

Third Reality

RealitySwitch

If you rent your house or apartment, you might not be able to replace the light fixtures or change electrical wiring. Third Reality aims to fix this with smart light switches that sit on top of your existing wall switches — no electrical wiring required. They work with Google Assistant and Alexa, and they're already available from Amazon.

nVent Electric

NUHEAT Signature

If you happen to own the NUHEAT Signature, a smart floor thermostat from nVent, I have some good news for you — it now supports Google Assistant, Alexa, and IFTTT. Now you can make your floor warm with voice commands.

Press Release

LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--nVent Electric plc (NYSE:NVT) (“nVent”), a global leader in electrical connection and protection solutions, is pleased to announce new smart home integrations for nVent NUHEAT Signature, the company’s premium, WiFi-enabled, floor heating thermostat. These new integrations for the Google Assistant®, Amazon Alexa®, and IFTTT® are launching alongside an application program interface (API) for developers and system integrators, enabling them to connect the Signature thermostat to any custom home automation system. This new functionality, combined with the existing integrations for Nest® and Control4®, gives consumers and developers a unique opportunity to create a personalized, integrated floor heating system for the connected home. nVent NUHEAT will debut these new smart home integrations at the Consumer Electronics show in Las Vegas, January 8-11.

“Signature is now the most connected floor heating thermostat available. We are excited for the millions of homeowners who will now be able to integrate their nVent NUHEAT Floor Heating System with a home assistant, smart home device, or home automation system”

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Floor Heating for the Connected Home
Signature is the first WiFi-enabled line voltage thermostat that allows consumers to control their floor heat using all of these platforms: the Google Assistant®, Amazon Alexa®, IFTTT®, Nest®, and Control4®. In addition to the expanded compatibility, Signature still offers all the key WiFi-enabled benefits customers have come to expect: energy use monitoring, live weather forecasts, and remote control via the Signature app for iOS® and Android® or via www.mynuheat.com. All nVent NUHEAT thermostats are covered by a three-year warranty.

The DIY Smart Home
All existing Signature thermostats are compatible with the new integrations and owners can learn how to activate these functions by visiting www.nuheat.com/connected-home. This reverse compatibility ensures both new and existing customers can make any house a personalized, connected home.

“Signature is now the most connected floor heating thermostat available. We are excited for the millions of homeowners who will now be able to integrate their nVent NUHEAT Floor Heating System with a home assistant, smart home device, or home automation system,” says nVent NUHEAT Product Manager Wally Lo.

Invaluable Resources for Integrators and Developers
In conjunction with the launch of the consumer product integrations, nVent NUHEAT has launched the Signature API website at https://developers.nuheat.com. This suite of hardware integration tools provides developers and integrators with everything they need to create custom connections for home automation systems.

The Consumer Electronics Show takes place in several venues throughout Las Vegas from January 8-11, 2019. The nVent NUHEAT team will be showcasing the new integrations at booth #41870 in the Wireless Devices & Services section on level 2 of the Sands Expo.

About nVent
nVent is a leading global provider of electrical connection and protection solutions. We believe our inventive electrical solutions enable safer systems and ensure a more secure world. We design, manufacture, market, install and service high performance products and solutions that connect and protect some of the world's most sensitive equipment, buildings and critical processes. We offer a comprehensive range of enclosures, electrical connections and fastening and thermal management solutions across industry-leading brands that are recognized globally for quality, reliability and innovation. Our principal office is in London, United Kingdom and our management office in the United States is in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Our robust portfolio of leading electrical product brands dates back more than 100 years and includes nVent CADDY, ERICO, HOFFMAN, RAYCHEM, SCHROFF and TRACER.

nVent, CADDY, ERICO, HOFFMAN, RAYCHEM, SCHROFF and TRACER are trademarks owned or licensed by nVent Services GmbH or its affiliates.

Phillips Hue

Phillips Hue was one of the first smart home products to integrate with Google Assistant, and now the service is adding a few extra features. Hue bulbs will soon be able to do 30-minute wind-down and wake-up routines in conjunction with the Google Assistant. For example, you could say "sleep the lights" to gradually warm and fade. Users will also be able to choose what setting lights power on with — full brightness, the last used setting, or a custom option.

Instant Brands

Wi-Fi Instant Pot

What's better than a Wi-Fi-enabled pressure cooker with 13 smart programs? A Wi-Fi-enabled pressure cooker with 13 smart programs and Google Assistant support. That's right, the 'smart' version of the Instant Pot will soon offer Google Assistant integration, so you can start your roasts with a simple voice command. See our full post here.

SolarEdge

EV Single Phase Inverter

SolarEdge announced at CES that its home charging station for electric cars, the EV Single Phase Inverter, is now integrated with Google Assistant. The charger claims to top up electric cars "up to six times faster than standard Level 1 chargers." Owners of the system can now start/stop EV charging using Google Assistant, and additional functionality is planned for the future, like checking the car's battery capacity and scheduling a charge.

Press Release

Fremont, CA and Las Vegas, NV – SolarEdge Technologies, Inc. (“SolarEdge”) (NASDAQ: SEDG), a global leader in smart energy technology, announced today that electric vehicle (EV) consumers can now control SolarEdge’s EV-charging solar inverter using the Google Assistant. SolarEdge is one of the first companies to integrate EV charging with the Google Assistant. This news coincides with Google announcing all of the new Google Assistant features and with the SolarEdge EV charging solar inverter on display in the Google Assistant booth located outside of the Las Vegas Convention Center at the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) this week.

SolarEdge offers the world’s first EV charging solar inverter, which offers up to six times faster charging than standard Level 1 chargers through its innovative solar boost mode. The smart speaker integration with the Google Assistant makes EV charging simpler for consumers and answers demand for smart energy solutions.

“Smart homes have mainly been about convenience and interconnectivity, but the next step of the smart home is integrating smart energy management, such as EV charging," stated Lior Handelsman, SolarEdge’s Founder and VP of Marketing and Product Strategy. “By merging the simplicity of smart homes with the value of smart energy through this collaboration with Google, SolarEdge is leading the way in making the power of smart solar energy more accessible to more people”

Consumers can now tell the Google Assistant to start and stop EV charging. SolarEdge plans to add functionality to the Google Assistant commands, including inquiring about charging status, checking average miles charged in the charging session, and pre-schedule charging.

About SolarEdge

SolarEdge is a global leader in smart energy technology. By leveraging world-class engineering capabilities and with a relentless focus on innovation, SolarEdge creates smart energy solutions that power our lives and drive future progress. SolarEdge developed an intelligent inverter solution that changed the way power is harvested and managed in photovoltaic (PV) systems. The SolarEdge DC optimized inverter seeks to maximize power generation while lowering the cost of energy produced by the PV system. Continuing to advance smart energy, SolarEdge addresses a broad range of energy market segments through its PV, storage, EV charging, batteries, UPS, and grid services solutions. SolarEdge is online at solaredge.com

Sonos

Sonos One & Beam

Sonos has promised Google Assistant would come to its speakers since 2017, and it's... still on the way. No release date has been set, but Assistant will arrive on the One and Beam speakers first. See our full post for more details.

Lenovo

Smart Clock

While it isn't quite a smart display (there are some software differences), the Lenovo Smart Clock does have Google Assistant and a handful of custom clock faces. It's covered in a white fabric, and even has a USB port on the back for charging your phone. It will go on sale this spring for $79.99 — see our full post for more info.

Anker

Roav Bolt

Anker also announecd a Google Assistant device for the car, the Roav Bolt. Like the JBL Link Drive, it can respond to questions, stream music, and provide navigation directions. However, Anker's model is cheaper than JBL's, at just $49.99. It also has two fast-charging USB ports, while the JBL Link Drive only has one slow-charging port.

It's slated to arrive sometime this spring, and you can read more about it in our post.

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