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Amazon makes big splash at CES

Have you been following our CES coverage on this week? We’ve been telling you about some of the amazing new tech on display from the thousands of exhibiting companies at the event.

Today, we’re going to focus on one of your favorite places to shop: Amazon.

That’s right, the retail giant showed up to CES 2019 and made a big splash with some of its new items. Keep reading to find out what’s on the way.

Amazon showcases new tech at CES

Of course Amazon’s fast and free shipping is one of the reasons you became a Prime member. Getting home from work and finding that package at your front door can give you a huge rush. The exact opposite feeling is when your delivery goes missing.

It happens so often that there’s actually a term now for the criminals who steal them. We know them as porch pirates, and they seem to be everywhere.

That’s why Amazon Key is now a thing. It’s an in-home and in-car delivery service that lets authorized shippers access your home, or even the trunk of your car during specified times.

At CES this week, Amazon introduced new products, features and services that support its Key service. Here are a couple of them:

Schlage Encode Smart Wi-Fi Deadbolt, $299.99

The Schlage Encode Smart Wi-Fi Deadbolt is the first Wi-Fi enabled smart lock for Key. It offers an innovative, easy-to-use option for customers who want to experience keyless life without any additional hub or hardware.

Just use the Amazon Key App to lock and unlock your door, use or provide keyless access remotely, and monitor your door with entry and exit clips and live video.

It’s available for pre-order now through Amazon for $299.99 with a cloud cam kit.

Key for Garage

Key for Garage will allow any customer to monitor and control their garage door via the Key app. Also, in addition to receiving deliveries at home and in your car, eligible Amazon Prime members will soon be able to get deliveries in their garage

It’s made possible by integrating Key with CGI’s proprietary myQ-connected technology. This will be available later this year.

New Alexa smart home gadgets debut at CES

Currant smart wall outlet, $59

Currant announced its smart wall outlet, the first AI-powered in-wall smart outlet that analyzes power usage. It’s able to identify energy usage patterns and suggest changes that can help you save money. The Currant App features interactive charts that display your energy usage and cost by hour, day, month, or year.

Both the home and commercial models can be controlled by Amazon Alexa. You can order one from Amazon for under $60.

U by Moen shower, $345

Have you ever wanted to control your shower with voice commands? That is now a reality.

The U by Moen shower is the first-to-market cloud-based showering system, now with enhanced Amazon Alexa capabilities. Start, stop and pause your shower with your voice. You can even start your shower at a specific temperature.

The U Shower by Moen Smart Home connected bundle for 2 outlet, complete with digital controller, valve and backup battery kit sells, for $345 on Amazon.

Ironpie smart vacuum

The AI home robot company, Trifo, announced the launch of its first smart vacuum this week at CES. It’s the Ironpie smart vacuum and is supposed to be able to clean 10% more efficiently than its competitors.

Not only that but it will be Amazon Alexa compatible. Another enticing selling point is the value. It’s supposed to cost approximately $200 less, with more advanced or comparable features than top-end robotic vacuum cleaners. The Ironpie vacuum is expected to be available for purchase later this year.

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