Nora the Smart Snoring Solution and Other Design-Friendly Smart Home Devices
Sometimes the best way to get attention at CES is to not be at CES at all. Or, to at least have a secondary location outside of the show floor where people can get more of an insider’s look. That’s exactly how we came across Nora, the smart snoring solution and the other items listed below. All were a part of the Design Meets Smart Home Event, which took place during CES hours at the MGM Grand Hotel.
The event, which featured design-friendly smart home items from start-ups, gave us a front-row seat to some of the new products on the market without the overwhelming atmosphere that comes with CES. Here’s a look at four of our favorite products from this event:
If you have someone who snores in your life, you might want to pay attention to this. Nora is a smart device that at first glance, looks a little like an Apple computer mouse. White, clean and small, Nora does not look like anything capable of monitoring sleeping habits, but that’s exactly what it does. The smart snoring solution is split into two parts, an inflatable expander to be placed underneath the user’s pillow and Nora, which monitors air waves for sounds of snoring. When Nora detects snoring, it gently inflates the expander to open up the user’s breathing passages, stopping snoring in its tracks. Nora currently retails for $279.
Bolt by Lockitron is a smartphone connected door lock, capable of letting users share access with others on a temporary or permanent basis. This is ideal for space owners who rent their places out on sites like Airbnb and want to safely and easily swap locks between users. Bolt works with Lockitron’s Bridge to connect a lock to the Internet, giving users the capability to unlock their door, even from abroad. Bolt integrates with other devices such as the Ring doorbell and IFTTT. It currently retails for $99.
The Licht 1 by Kiën is a customized neon light capable of saving 80% in running energy expenses. The light, designed in a tube-formation, is manufactured in Germany and is available in three different sizes with three different materials and seven finishes. Materials include aluminum, concrete and wood. Licht 1 is made to emulate the natural cycle of daylight. Users can control single, multiple or personalized groups of lamps via a native app that supports adjusting the brightness setting and changes in color temperature. The Licht 1 is available for pre-sale starting at $478 (450 Euros).
Senic is a simple-looking device that allows users to wirelessly control their music, lighting and more. Senic was created as a way to make interaction with technology more natural and intuitive than a touch screen interface. Senic uses touch, a high-precision ring and gesture sensing to control the device. It also integrates with a number of systems including Hue and Sonos. It is currently available for $199.