CES Unveiled: Best smart home tech – AppleInsider
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CES Unveiled was a bit sparsely attended this year as Covid reared its head, but we still found a few new smart home products that we found interesting on the show floor.
Moen has been a supporter of HomeKit in the past, including its smart shower. Though, its new smart faucet doesn’t include support for Apple’s smart home standard. It isn’t all on Moen, however, as HomeKit is fairly limited in what controls it makes available to faucets.
Even without HomeKit, the new Moen Smart Faucet looks impressive. This is because Moen has integrated what it calls MotionSense Wave technology. Many faucets are touchless, allowing the water to turn on or off with the wave of your hand, but MotionSense Wave goes further.
With MotionSense Wave, if you wave your hand to the right, hot water will come out. Waving your hand down will turn on cold water. And moving towards the faucet will cause it to stop. It works so well Moen introduced a version without any handle at all, creating a clean, modern, simple appearance.
Both the version with a handle and the one without looked fantastic, in our opinion. The faucet connects over Wi-Fi, and Moen says the battery should last up to a year – depending on usage. If you don’t want to use the batteries, Moen told us there was an AC-powered version, and the D batteries could be used as a backup power source during a power outage.
Targus Cypress Hero backpack
Once Apple opened up the Find My program to third parties, it was only a matter of time before we saw it start showing up in various products. Unveiled may be just the tip of the iceberg with what to expect from the rest of the show.
The new Targus Cypress Hero backpack has Apple Find My tech baked right in, hidden behind a small patch inside the front pocket. In addition, we saw a few small holes that were part of the speaker. This gives you an audio cue when tracking down your backpack.
Many had wondered whether it had ultra-wideband technology like AirTag but while Apple allows third-parties to use UWB, it doesn’t seem to allow Find My devices to use the precision tracking feature.
Still, you can put it into lost mode to help you recover it, as any Apple user who comes within range will automatically send that location back to you. If they find your backpack, they can identify it with a scan. A web page will load and present a message you write that could contain your email or phone number.
Like others in the Cypress line, the backpack is made, in part, from recycled plastic bottles. It felt quite sturdy and comfortable in our time with it and the pocket in the back was easily big enough to hold both our Mac and our iPad Pro.
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