Amidst the broad array of large and small home appliances, Bosch fielded at IFA 2018 was a selection of devices targeted at answering the needs of the European smart home customer.
A range of 15 smart home products was shown that provide various solutions in areas such as security, climate control, and air quality, among other things.
One such product is the Twist Smart Home Remote Control – a wireless, portable square that is wall-mountable via a magnetic bracket. It is capable, with either the turn of a hand or the press of a button, of controlling up to 32 various functions in the home. These functions include lighting, heating and even alarm systems – the latter of which can be swiftly deactivated with a slight twist using a self-defined motion code; battery life is two years.
Also presented was the 360-degree Indoor Camera and the Eyes Outdoor Camera, operable via Alexa, which enables turn-on, live video display and extension of the indoor camera’s retractable lens. The cameras are also able to be integrated with the Twist Remote Control. Scenarios such as Leaving Home (which activates the camera) and Coming Home (which switches the indoor cameras to privacy mode) may be created.
And the Bosch Smart Home AIR, dubbed a “mobile well-being sensor,” supports a healthy indoor climate and optimal air throughout the home. It registers air quality, temperature, and humidity, as well as brightness and noise level regularly, displaying the data on the device or in the Bosch AIR smartphone app. Bosch said this regular monitoring can promote healthier sleep, better concentration, and improved wellness.
It connects via Bluetooth to the Bosch AIR app, but will function without connecting to it as well. However, the app allows tracking values recorded over time, enabling users to recognize negative patterns in indoor climate at early stages – including recognizing mold, in high-humidity conditions, helping homeowners to avoid costly repair costs.
Additionally, AIR, because it provides recommendations for more efficient ventilation, helps with energy consumption efforts.
In more traditional categories, Bosch’s emphasis was on new functionalities – such as sous vide cooking capability on its ovens – and on introducing bleeding-edge textures and new designs, such as the multiple color panels being made available for refrigerators.