A home automation system typically connects controlled devices to a central smart home hub (called a “gateway“). The user interfaces for control of the system uses wall-mounted terminals, tablet or desktop computers, a mobile phone application, or a Web interface that may also be accessible off-site through the Internet.

While there are many competing vendors, there are increasing efforts toward open source systems. However, there are issues with the current state of home automation including a lack of standardized security measures and deprecation of older devices without backwards compatibility.

To be excited about the latest developments in home tech, you don’t have to attend the annual CES Las Vegas event.

  1. Firewalla plugs into any router and enhances the security of home networks. It also supports smart-home devices, which most households use. It blocks unwanted ads and sites and provides parental controls as well as a personal VPN. Prices: Starting at $140, up to $468 for router/firewall combo.
  2. Roborock’s Max V Ultra smart vacuum comes with a mop. The mop is activated when the carpet is detected and scrubbed with sonic technology. LIDAR navigation can create detailed maps and identify rooms on four levels. Price: $650
  3. Like Amazon’s or Google’s hubs, the AI-capable Samsung Hub includes a screen that allows you to see and connect all smart appliances within a home. Price: TBD
  4. Coway Smart Care Air Mattress and Smart Sleep Solution monitors body pressure and sleep position, and adjusts accordingly. To achieve the ideal humidity, it can be connected to air care products. Release date and price: TBD
  5. Wagz a smart collar and wireless fence system that also includes GPS tracking, is the Wagz . You can train your dog with sound and vibration (not shocks), and track your pet’s movements, whereabouts, sleep cycle, and tracks. For nighttime walks, turn on an LED. Price: $250
  6. Sengled’s smart lightbulb for health monitoring includes biometric tracking to track a user’s heart beat, body temperature, or other vital signs. Bluetooth mesh networks can also detect falls and relay help. Price: TBD
  7. The unveiling of new electric cars from GM and Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Sony Mobility was one of the most popular trends at CES 2022. Many companies displayed charging solutions. The Wallbox Quasar bidirectional charger lets homeowners charge their vehicle and then use it to power their home or grid. Price: $4,000