In lieu of the Detroit Auto Show that used to be held near the beginning of every year, automotive brands have been adopting CES as the place to showcase their latest technological innovations. General Motors was one of several car brands with an Alexa announcement. All 2018-or-newer GM cars that have an Infotainment 3 system and access to GM's 4G LTE network will soon receive an OTA update that will usher in Alexa integration.
Maker of garage door openers Genie announced a pair of new wall-mounted products at CES 2020. The premium Model 6170 features a railless design, quieter operation, integration with Genie's Aladdin Connect smart controller, and has battery backup, just in case the power goes out. With Alexa support, homeowners can both monitor and control when their garage doors are opened and closed.
Hampton unveiled a slew of Alexa-supported products at CES 2020. First up were the BenjiLock By Hampton Wi-Fi-connected smart home locks. The Livia Deadbolt is resistant to picks, bumps, and drilling. It can be operated by an onboard keypad or fingerprint sensor. Then there's the Array Revive Deadbolt, an inconspicuous renter-friendly smart lock that installs over most existing deadbolts and provides features like remote access, notification alerts, and more.
Array by Hampton also announced a new line of Wi-Fi-connected indoor and outdoor security cameras this year. Both cameras are wire-free, meaning users can place them just about anywhere around their homes. The indoor version features a 130-degree viewing angle and is powered by a rechargeable battery, while the outdoor version has a 110-degree view and can be paired up with a solar panel for continuous charging throughout the day. If you'd like one more level of smart home security, Array's connected doorbell includes a camera with a two-way audio system.
For smart lighting aficionados, Array by Hampton unveiled a series of smart plugs and outlets, wall switches and power strips, and smart LED bulbs, recessed lights and strip lighting. Each of these products are designed to work seamlessly with other Array by Hampton items via the Array app. Finally, Array's geofencing garage door opener can automatically open and close based on vehicle position, plus it can remotely monitor and control your garage doors from virtually anywhere.
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Audio tycoon Harman Kardon and associated brand JBL introduced a swathe of Alexa-connected products at CES 2020 this year. On the Harman Kardon side, we're getting the Fly TWS true wireless earbuds, Fly BT earbuds with dangling neck wire, and Fly BT over-the-ear noise-cancelling headphones. Under the JBL brand, the LIVE 300TWS true wireless headphones, CLUB ONE headphones, CLUB 950NC headphones, and CLUB 700BT headphones will all have Alexa integration.
Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who's the fairest voice assistant of them all? That's right, Amazon Alexa is coming to HiMirror's line of smart mirrors. Users will be able to stream music, post to social media, receive answers to search queries, and more without ever taking their eyes off their own reflection.
If you think it's odd enough that we have one Alexa-connected smart mirror on this list, buckle up for another contender. The Venus mirror by ICON.AI features a 7" touchscreen LCD, an AR makeup function, and LED ring lights. With Alexa built in, you can ask it to stream your favorite music, answer life's most pressing questions, and a ton more.
iOttie, the makers of smartphone mounts and wireless chargers, has a new Alexa-connected car mount called the Otto Connect. In addition to holding your smartphone for easy hands-free interactions while driving, the Otto Connect can wirelessly charge your handset, and it supports more than 100,000 Alexa commands for getting directions, making phone calls, playing music, and more.
Serving as a sequel to the Elite 75t true wireless earbuds that launched in September 2019, Jabra is introduced the Elite Active 75t earbuds alongside the Elite 45h over-ear wireless headphones CES 2020. The Elite Active 75ts have an IP57 waterproof rating, 7.5 hours of battery life per charge, and passive noise cancellation. The Elite 45h comes with 40 hours of battery per charge. Both models include Alexa voice support for playing music and more.
The company that introduced the superb T5 true wireless earbuds last year is now moving into the connected soundbar category. The Klipsch Bar 54 comes with built-in Wi-Fi and Alexa support. It doesn't include a microphone, so you won't be able to bark orders at the bar, but you will be able to use the Alexa app to stream your favorite music, audio books, and more.
If you've ever wanted to talk to Alexa from the convenience of your showerhead, you're in luck. The Moxie is one part showering device, one part connected smart speaker. While scrubbing away the grime of the day, you'll be able to command Alexa to jam out to your shower playlist, jot down notes, and whatever else comes to mind. The speaker lasts about 7 hours on a single charge and includes a cordless charging station.
Kwikset has a new touchscreen keypad lock that looks just as sharp as it is easy to set up. Not only can it store up to 100 fingerprints for a total of 50 different users, the Halo Touch allows users to quickly re-key their locks if necessary. The lock can also be controlled over Wi-Fi via the app or with Alexa voice commands.
Luxury supercar manufacturer Lamborghini was one of several auto manufacturers that introduced Amazon's digital assistant to its automobiles. Alexa will cruise straight into the Lamborghini Huracán Evo's touchscreen infotainment center sometime this year. Drivers will be able to ask Alexa to activate the heated seats, make calls, get directions, and more.
French home improvement and gardening retailer Leroy Merlin took to CES 2020 to announce an updated version of its Enki connected home hub. Like the original, the Enki Smart Display will allow users to control more than 400 products from 25 different partners from a single device, plus the display comes with Alexa voice integration.
As 4K starts to become the defacto standard in homes everywhere, manufacturers are looking toward the next big thing in television with 8K. LG is expanding its Real 8K TV lineup to include new 77" and 65" variants. All of these models exceed the official definition of 8K Ultra HD and have Alexa voice support with Amazon Alexa Premium Far-Field Voice compatibility arriving at a later time. LG also has a new line of AI DD washers that can tap Alexa to provide notifications, like when you're running low on laundry detergent.
Lifx unveiled a number of smart lighting products at CES 2020, but the most notable of them — at least for this write-up — has to be the Lifx Switch. This sleek device is built to replace existing light switches within a home and can work with both smart and regular bulbs. Users can control the panel through the touchscreen or with Alexa-powered voice commands. The Lifx Switch will be available for purchase this spring.
We've all been here: Our hands are covered in food or filled with dirty dishes, and we just can't activate the sink without putting something down or getting grime all over the handle. This was the problem Moen aimed to solve with its U by Moen Smart Faucet. Now, with Alexa support, owners only need to utter a command to turn on the water. As an added bonus, these new faucets come in some pretty slick colors.
OneLife is the manufacturer behind the second Alexa-enabled air purifier on our list. The PureOne is a home and office solution that's built around OneLife's patent-pending plasma filter technology, ensuring the purifier is virtually silent while also prioritizing energy efficiency. Of course, users will be able to tap into Alexa to control the PureOne once it's available.