Apple Watch Controls Whirlpool Appliances

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Whirlpool announces what it claims is a first at CES 2018-- connected appliances from the company get Apple Watch compatibility, taking their capabilities "to new heights."

Whirlpool CESThis means customers will be able to control over 20 ovens, washers and dryers via the smartwatch. Controls including checking on current oven status and commands during an active cycle, controlling the wash options of a washer active cycle, and controlling and checking whether a dryer started a cycle.

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The Siri-Enabled Digital Shower

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Not even the shower is a space where customers are free from virtual assistants-- the U by Moen smart shower features Siri and Alexa control to provide a desired water temperature or settings through voice control.

U by moenAs seen at CES 2018, the U by Moen system consists of a digital valve able to control water temperature by the digit. The valve can be applied to fixtures such as shower heads, hand showers and body sprays, and can is controllable via in-shower control pad as well as companion U by Moen app.

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The Sgnl Wristband to Turn a Hand into a Handset

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S. Korean startup Innomdle Lab takes to CES 2018 to present the Sgnl-- a wristband allowing users to listen to phone calls by simply touching their ear.

Sgnl wristbandOriginally part of the Samsung C-Lab experimental product program before turning into a Kickstarter project in 2016, Sgnl looks like a regular fitness band. It even offers similar tracking functionality, while the strap can either be worn by itself or fitted with an analog or smart watches.

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Skin Analysis, Through iPhone Attachment

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Customers worried about the condition of their skin get a connected solution from Neutrogena-- the SkinScanner, an iPhone attachment and app combo able to take magnified skin images and measure moisture content.

SkinScannerThe SkinScanner uses a 30x magnification lens illuminated by 12 LED lights, as well as a moisture sensor. It is attaches to the iPhone camera, and is designed to be pressed directly up to the user's face. Pairing with the Skin360 companion app allows it to compare pore size, moisture, wrinkles and other such factors to other users on the system in the same age range, before giving the user a score out of 100.

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Voice Control for Onelink Safe & Sound

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First Alert announces the Onelink Safe & Sound at CES 2018-- a smoke alarm and carbon monoxide (CO) detector featuring voice control capability via either Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant or Apple HomeKit.

Onelink safe soundThe Safe & Sound works like other hardwired internet-connect First Alert products, sending alerts to homeowners' mobile devices in case of emergency. It also doubles as an in-ceiling audio system, thanks to the addition of high-end speakers offering omni-directional audio with "crisp vocals and powerful bass."

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