The 2013 International Builders’ Show (IBS) may be less than three weeks away, but another convention of great interest to the building industry takes place next week — the 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES). While IBS focuses more on home-specific innovations and trends, CES is where consumer tech companies introduce their latest and greatest innovations.
Last week, Engadget’s Matt Smith offered a preview of household innovations expected at this year’s CES. Smart home technology has been a huge theme over the past few years as home appliances have become more energy efficient while offering wireless and remote control via smartphone and computer apps. Here’s what Smith had to say:
“It’s a good bet, however, that the smartphone (or tablet) will continue to replace ‘unnecessary’ interfaces and buttons cluttering up your home, whether that’s through a WiFi-connected TV remote, on-screen home energy management, shopping list reminders through a hooked-up refrigerator or possibly even a dishwasher with remote activation.
But can we expect something completely new? There’s a good chance that Samsung or LG could offer some wallet-breaking additions to their catalogs (think a clothes-refreshing wardrobe, digital blinds or maybe even a connected wine cellar) but it’s always tough to pin down exactly what will appear next.”
Stay tuned for next week when we’ll introduce some of the most talked about products debuting at CES.