CES 2023 smart home roundup: It’s all aboard the Matter bandwagon

Over the past decade or so, smart home technology has been as prevalent as it is now CES. That’s the case again here in 2023, with the usual flooding of New device ads From brands big and small (plus some Strange and wonderful). This year’s crop in Las Vegas has something else, though: a boost Thingthe newly launched open source smart home standard that provides compatibility with Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, Google Home and Samsung SmartThings within a single wireless protocol.

In other words, devices that work with Matter should work with almost everything in between CES There are all kinds of new tools that provide an accurate rendering.

We’re keeping track of it all as the week progresses, including highlights listed below, which we’ll update regularly. So, let’s go straight to the new products that catch our eye:


Samsung SmartThings Station

Coming in February to the US and South Korea, Samsung’s SmartThings Station is a compact smart home hub for Matter-compatible devices. With built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Zigbee, and Thread radios, it’s able to power all kinds of gadgets simultaneously, opening the door to automating them in the SmartThings app. You can also launch any of your favorite smart home scenes by pressing, double-tapping, or long-pressing the button on the top of the device. You can also program this button to make your phone ring the next time you have trouble finding it.

On top of all that, the device itself doubles as a 15W fast wireless charging station, and can even send you an alert when your phone or tablet is fully charged. Pricing hasn’t been finalized yet, but keep an eye out for next month.

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GE lighting

GE Lighting Smart Lighting Dynamic Effects

GE Lighting was sold to Savant a few years ago, but the brand has been keeping busy since then, with a variety of smart bulbs for Cync’s growing collection. This year brought a number of new lights into the mix, including Several dynamic effects lights It promises to output multiple colors at once while syncing with music or displaying other preset effects. Expected in stores in March, prices for the new lineup will range from $20 to $200.

Perhaps the most interesting of the new lights is the neon rope shown above, which works like a multicolored string light that you can bend into interesting artistic shapes for some quick wall decor. Other products that will hit stores later this year include hexagonal wall panels, multi-colored disc-shaped “smart chip” downlights, and standard-shaped bulbs capable of projecting a gradient combination of multiple colors at once.

For the Matter of Things, GE Lighting says new versions of its Direct Connect smart bulbs and smart plugs will sync with the standard later this year, with other new devices following suit after that. However, there are no significant over-the-air updates in older-generation hardware Sync cards, which may come as a disappointment to anyone who’s already bought into the platform.

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Ring’s latest smart home gadget is, in fact, another camera — but it’s not one you’ll put or put in your home. Instead, it’s a dashcam called Ring Car Cam that promises to monitor things in and around your car. With built-in Wi-Fi, it can upload motion-activated clips from reversible cameras whenever you park within range of your home’s Wi-Fi—from there, you’ll be able to monitor that footage right from the Ring app. You can also tell it to start recording a several-minute video just by saying, “Alexa, record.” LTE connectivity is available with a monthly subscription, which allows you to receive alerts, engage in a two-way conversation, or monitor a live feed while your car is out on the road.

Expected to begin shipping in February, the Ring Car Cam is set to retail for $250, or $200 if you take advantage of early pre-booking pricing, which is now open.

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Masonite M-Pwr Smart Door

Last year, at CES 2022, we launched the Masonite M-Pwr Smart Door One of the five most interesting products from the show floor. It was early days for a yet-to-be-released product, but the fully powered design, complete with built-in, motion-activated LED welcome lighting, plus a smart lock and battery-less Ring Video Doorbell left us intrigued.

This year, Masonite tells us the door is finally heading to retail—Home Depot, to be specific, where it’ll be available nationwide in a variety of designs later this year. Just be prepared to splurge, because this nifty smart door is set to retail for $6,500, making it one of the most expensive smart home gadgets available in stores.


LG mod up refrigerator

Need a refrigerator that lights up and plays music? You are lucky. One of LG’s new products at CES this year is the MoodUp refrigerator, which is almost certainly the flashiest refrigerator on the market. With LED panels on the door that can display over 19,000 color combinations, it’s a device that can set the mood, change color with the seasons and always match your kitchen decor. It also has a bluetooth speaker, and its colors can sync to your music. Everything is controlled by LG’s ThinQ mobile app.

The door panels in front of the side of the fridge can also become translucent, eliminating those energy-wasting moments in front of an open fridge to decide what you want to eat. This sounds like a really useful feature, but we’ll see how much consumers will need to spend for it once the refrigerator hits retail.

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Samsung custom kitchen appliances

New from Samsung Customized AI wall ovenPart of the new Bespoke line, it comes with an indoor camera that can share photos and videos of your food directly to social media while you’re cooking. It will also send you warnings if your food is about to burn. It’s trained on AI to recognize and recommend cooking temperatures and times for 80 dishes (and 106 in Europe).

Samsung also introduced three specially designed refrigerators, including the Flex 4-Door Refrigerator with a 32-inch touch screen in the upper right door and a camera inside that allows you to view the contents of the refrigerator without opening the door. The touchscreen also lets you manage multiple apps at once, view photos, or act as a “call and entertainment hub,” according to Samsung. Again, pricing is yet to be determined, but these high-end smartphones definitely won’t come cheap.

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Govee gaming sync lights and strip lights

This light bar, which got the second bill Govee Game Sync Box At CES this year, it’s the first Matter-compatible display from the smart lighting company. Like some other companies that release new Matter equipment, Govee will not make older versions of its products compliant with the standard because “Matter has upgraded hardware chip requirements,” the company press release reads.

Other Govee shows sync the colorful lights with movies and video games on TV. It’s powered by artificial intelligence and promises low lag and light-up displays specifically for achievements in some video games.

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Roborock S8 series robot vacuums

Roborock, pioneer robot vacuum The company introduced new models at CES this year, including its most powerful RoboVac yet. The Roborock S8 series is a follow up to the S7 series.

The S8 Series vacuums have 6,000Pa of suction – the highest number of a Roborock robot vacuum to date – and offer a second rubber brush for even better mopping. They vacuum, mop, avoid snags, learn about rugs, lift mops to keep them dry and map your home for faster cleaning.

The S8 Ultra Pro also comes with a bonus mopping pad and the new RockDock Ultra docking system, which cleans and dries the mop to avoid mold growth.

The S8 series will be available for purchase in April 2023 and starts at $750. The S8 Plus (including the dock) and S8 Ultra Pro (including the Rock Dock Ultra) will be sold for more.

Roborock also introduced a wet and dry hand vacuum called the Dyad Pro, an improved iteration of the Dyad. It can handle both wet and dry dirt, and it will clean and dry itself when docked. The Dyad Pro will retail for $450 starting this month.

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