CES 2019 – Don’t miss the latest innovations and thinking in the Smart Home realm

What to see @ CES 2019 Vegas

If you’re in the Smart Home or Smart City business, CES 2019 is a must visit. A gathering place for the world’s top business leaders and pioneering thinkers, this year’s event focuses on n an important theme: resilience.

The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) – owner and producer of the show that attracts over 180,000 attendees – defines resilience as “the place where technologies are going to help keep the world healthy, safe, warm, powered, fed and secure,” making this year’s event  especially relevant to the Smart Home domain, where tech has stepped in to provide humans with all of the above.

Opening on January 8 in Las Vegas at the Sands, Level 2, Halls A-D, the CES Smart Home marketplace will feature the latest innovative tech from vendors offering everything from security monitoring to smart appliances, lighting, window coverings, irrigation, entertainment systems and more.

This year’s event is jam-packed with exciting sessions and innovations, but to help you identify the ones you don’t want to miss, we have scouted the hottest Smart Home events on the CES schedule, as well as the most promising CES Smart Home startups from the 4,500 exhibitors coming to the show from 155 countries.  Mark your calendars for these “can’t miss” sessions and exhibitors, and prepare for the future of the Smart Home.

CES 2019 Smart Home Sessions Not to be Missed

Executive One-on-One with Whirlpool & CTA

Why a must see: Because you want to know the facts.

Whirlpool, a global leader in smart appliances, shares insights from their global survey.

CTA sits down with Whirlpool Corporation to discuss the results of their latest global survey and the state of smart home innovation. Whirlpool will reveal what consumers are craving – easy to understand smart features that are a practical, efficient addition to their everyday household tasks.

Monday, January 7

1:30 – 2:00 PM

LVCC North Hall N257

Voice-First Experience: Innovation and Disruption

Why a must see: Because you can’t ignore voice assistants.

The UI experience is compelling but the true value of voice assistants is their ability to unify control of fragmented and disparate ecosystems. This session addresses the voice-first experience including adoption and crossover strategies in smart home and connected entertainment.


·       VP, Sustainability, KB Home

·       Ed Doran, Principal Program Management, Director of Product Planning, CoFounder Cortana, Microsoft

·       Ramon Kolb, Head of Strategy and Business Development, Smart Home and Dragon TV, Nuance Communications, Inc.

·       Katie McMahon, Vice President and General Manager, SoundHound Inc.

·       Michele Turner, Senior Director, Smart Home Ecosystem, Google

Tuesday, January 8

11:00 – 12:00 PM

Venetian Level 4 Marcello 4405

Smart Home Applications to Improve Well-Being

Why a must see: Because comfort, convenience and peace of mind come above all.

Explore the latest home innovations fostering wellness, soon to become standard features for homeowners. Tunable white lighting, indoor air quality sensors, sleep-related technologies, sounds, smells, visuals—these all can have a dramatic impact on wellness, productivity, memory and more.


·    Gerry Connolly, General Manager and VP, Pass & Seymour, Legrand

·    Scott Harkins, VP and GM, Smart Home Technology, Resideo

·    Jaya Rao, Co-Founder and COO, Molekule

Wednesday, January 9

10:15 – 11:15 AM

Venetian Level 4 Marcello 4405

Connecting Objects, Homes and Cities

Why a must see: Because it’s the backbone of smart technology.

Through their low-cost and easily scalable production processes, printed electronics enable smart and connected objects in a huge range, building on the foundation for the Internet of Things. Discover all the possibilities of this technology for your applications.


·       Stan Farnsworth, Chief Marketing Officer, NovaCentrix Corporation

·       Dr. Inês Henriques, Chief Operating Officer, Ynvisible

·       Dr. Stephan Kirchmeyer, Marketing Manager, COPT Center

·       Bernd Richter, Head of Department Organic Microelectronic Devices, Fraunhofer FEP

Tuesday, January 8

3:30 – 4:30 PM

LVCC North Hall N253[AF1]

Smart Home Startups to See at CES 2019

·       Aura Smart Air is a company that has developed a unique smart system for managing, monitoring and actively controlling the indoor air quality. The uniqueness of the product lies in its real-time monitoring, detecting and analyzing abilities, combining both indoor and outdoor data, of a wide range of gases and pollutants, while providing prediction and complete solution for a variety of scenarios and hazards.

Sands, Hall G – 51123

·       TechSee,  a leader in visual customer engagement, enables consumers to receive visual and interactive guidance though their smartphones with EVE, the world’s first visual tech assistant powered by AI and AR.

TechSee’s holistic visual customer history and universal visual knowledge base enables deep learning-powered computer vision to be applied to massive datasets of visual issues, eventually resulting in automated intelligent assistance throughout the product lifecycle — from discovery to unboxing, usage and troubleshooting.

Westgate Paradise Center, OurCrowd Pavilion – 301

·       LifeDoor is a lifesaving smarthome device which closes interior doors to block smoke and heat when signaled by a smoke detector.

Sands, Hall G – 50730

·       Cauldryn is the best friend of the person on the go. A heated electronic mug that uses battery power to keep your coffee or tea at your selected temperature all day long, it makes each sip perfect. Brew coffee and tea, cook, or even boil water right in the bottle. The optional blender can make frozen drinks or smoothies anywhere.

Sands, Halls A-D – 40334

·       Cherry Home: An AI assistant for caregivers. Our system of private wall sensors immediately notifies you when a situation isn’t right. <> Cherry is the only product that: + Teaches what’s normal and only sends phone alerts when something’s wrong. + Detects people, understands their positions in rooms and creates a “virtual skeleton” of their body. + Sends a caregiver text alerts and virtual skeleton​ clips when something’s wrong. (Seniors can feel comfortable walking around in their pajamas, because the only thing caregivers can see are moving “stick figures”​.) + Doesn’t send any video to the cloud.

Sands, Hall G – 51315


CES 2019 promises to be inspirational, educational, and a means to build resilience for the future. Network with others in the Smart Home industry, meet the experts in the field and learn about the unlimited opportunities consumer technology presents for your business. And in your spare time – if you can find any – check out this list of 5 cool and unusual things to do while in Vegas (hint: none involve casinos!)

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